There has been a marked shift in recent years to a more responsible approach to farming. A shift that has also been felt in the world of wine. The use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers can lead to all manner of degradation for wildlife, natural flora and indeed, humanity. Un-organic farming practices can have a significant environmental impact, and it is in part for this reason that organic wines (along with all manner of other organic produce) have seen such a surge in popularity.
The recent admiration for organic wine is due to the focus on preserving a natural habitat in which to produce the wine. The soil must be kept healthy through means other than chemical manipulation, and whilst we can’t say that this improves the quality of the wine, it is fair to suggest that organic wines must be produced with a level of attentiveness throughout all parts of the process, from the soil to the juice itself.
The pledge that organic winemakers make to the soil is well respected amongst both growers and consumers, and has led to the development of some extremely innovative and fascinating wines. Additionally it has meant that suppliers can charge a little more by the bottle. Some cynics might suggest that suppliers label a wine as ‘organic’ simply as a marketing tactic, but whilst this probably does happen in some circles, in others there is a real guarantee that when you purchase a bottle of organic wine you are displaying your appreciation for the natural world that gave it life.
It is undeniable that organic wine is on the rise, and as we become more aware and take more responsibility for our future as a species, it will be interesting to see how that is mirrored in our behaviour as consumers, and indeed, as wine lovers.