Buying organic wine can be confusing if you are not sure what to look for on the wine bottle label. Many wine labels may have the word organic on them but they may not be completely organic. There are 4 different labels for wine bottles to help you know what you are purchasing. These labels are 100% organic, organic, made with organically grown grapes and some organic ingredients. Here’s what those confusing labels mean.
The label “100% organic” is the best label for wine if you are looking for organic wine. This label says that this wine was made with organically grown grapes and no sulfites have been added to it at any time during the processing. In fact this wine does not have any sulfites that are measurable in it. It is speculated that all wine needs to have some sulfites in it in order for it to be wine. But at this time this wine has no measurable amounts.
For wine to be given the “organic label” it has to be made of grapes that have been grown under organic conditions. The wine producer of organic labeled wines has to be able to show where these grapes came from and who grew them. This wine can not have any sulfites added to it but it can have some that naturally occur in the wine making process. These sulfites can not measure more then 20 parts per million when the wine is tested.
If a wine bottle has the label “made with organic ingredients” or “some organic ingredients” it means the wine has been made from organic grapes but it can have some sulfites added to it in the processing of the wine. Sulfites are a preservative that is used to help the wine stay longer.
We have known that preservatives are not a good thing to consume for years. Sulfites are preservatives that are used in wine making and they are not good for humans. Some people are sensitive to them and they need to keep them out of their diet.
When you purchase organic wine you need to know about these labels if you truly want to get a 100 % organic wine. The labels can be very confusing. You need to be aware of how the store is displaying the wine as well as read your wine label carefully. If you would like to know more about organic wine you can go on the net to http://www.organicconsumers.org/Organic/OrganicWine.cfm.