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Buying This Wine Helps the Environment

Buying This Wine Helps the Environment

ONEHOPE’s California Sauvignon Blanc has helped to plant 52,621 trees through its proceeds

This “bright and refreshing” wine has “flavors of pink grapefruit and lime with grassy undertones.”

As we enjoy the last few days of summer and drink in nature’s beauty, ONEHOPE invites customers to sip on its California sauvignon blanc, which is not only “bright and refreshing” but supports a great cause.

Each ONEHOPE Wine supports a charity. For the California sauvignon blanc, ONEHOPE has partnered with Trees4Trees and has helped to plant 52,621 trees through its proceeds thus far.

The wine is described by the company as having a “pale, golden color” with “flavors of pink grapefruit and lime with grassy undertones.”

It has positive reviews overall on Amazon. One customer wrote, “Crisp & refreshing, I plan to drink this Sauv Blanc all summer long! Plus every bottle helps plant a tree, it's a win- win!”

ONEHOPE’s California Sauvignon Blanc costs $18.99 and is available for purchase on the ONEHOPE website, as well as on Amazon.

Check out our story on ONEHOPE’s Pinot for Paws gift box, which helps fund pet adoptions, as well as our roundup of food gifts that give back.


Why you should be drinking organic wine and where to find it

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Last modified on Sat 18 Aug 2018 12.15 BST

Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines, if they even knew they existed in the first place.

But according to the most recent figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, organic wine is on the rise among wine lovers, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market in Australia, with organic grape production increasing by 120% between 2011 and 2014.

Thanks in part to an increase in the number of talented young winemakers actively seeking out organically grown grapes to make their wines from, and a coincidental rise in beards, tortoise shell glasses, farmers markets and small wine bars, organic wines are finally carving out a niche for themselves. And drinkers are reaping the rewards.

An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. For example, they introduce cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects that are the natural enemy of problem species, or have small sheep graze between the vine rows, eating the grass and weeds. In this way, the vineyard becomes a self-regulating, natural ecosystem, which is able to combat problems intrinsically and eliminates the need for artificial, and potentially toxic, chemicals.

Organic merlot, grown without pesticide. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Nowadays, you will no doubt find many examples of organic wines appearing on the wine list of your favourite small bar or bottle shop shelf, but to be sure that the wine you are drinking is truly organic, it must be certified. Certification is provided by an independent third-party organisation, which carries out annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification, to ensure that the grapes that they grow comply with the strict standards of both the particular certifying body and the department of agriculture. It is against the law for a wine producer to sell or promote their wine as organic if it is not certified.

There are two prominent organic certifying bodies in Australia that most winegrowers will use to prove that their wine is organic. These are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). Look out for the particular certifying body’s logo, which, in most cases, will be printed somewhere on the wine label. This is your assurance that what you’re drinking is actually organic.

Just because a wine is organic, however, doesn’t mean that it is somehow healthier for you. The environment is certainly in much better health, than if you were spraying poisons all over the place, and the grapes certainly taste a whole lot better, meaning that in the hands of a skilled winemaker, the wine can definitely taste better, but organic wine still contains alcohol, which, of course, is harmful in excessive amounts.

In saying that, organic wine does contain half the maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide (220) – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and the main culprit for those shocking hangovers, the next day.

The maximum allowable limit of “pres 220” in Australian wine is 300 parts per million (ppm). For Australian certified organic wine it’s 150 ppm. To give a little context, most dry wines usually won’t exceed 200 ppm, and dried fruits can contain anywhere between 500 and 3000 ppm. If you are overly sensitive to sulphur, then drinking organic wines can be a “healthier” choice and will usually make the next day’s declarations of a sober future a lot less necessary.

Hunter Valley harvest of organic wine. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. As with most organic produce, be it beef, eggs, apples, or dare I say it, kale, the flavours are inherent, complex, pure and delicious. Organic food nourishes you in a way that no conventionally grown food can, and the same can be said of organic wine. Many sommeliers love serving these types of wines in their restaurants because they taste great and they tend to go well with food.

But, don’t take my word for it. here are a few certified organic wines for you to seek out and try for yourself.


Why you should be drinking organic wine and where to find it

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Last modified on Sat 18 Aug 2018 12.15 BST

Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines, if they even knew they existed in the first place.

But according to the most recent figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, organic wine is on the rise among wine lovers, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market in Australia, with organic grape production increasing by 120% between 2011 and 2014.

Thanks in part to an increase in the number of talented young winemakers actively seeking out organically grown grapes to make their wines from, and a coincidental rise in beards, tortoise shell glasses, farmers markets and small wine bars, organic wines are finally carving out a niche for themselves. And drinkers are reaping the rewards.

An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. For example, they introduce cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects that are the natural enemy of problem species, or have small sheep graze between the vine rows, eating the grass and weeds. In this way, the vineyard becomes a self-regulating, natural ecosystem, which is able to combat problems intrinsically and eliminates the need for artificial, and potentially toxic, chemicals.

Organic merlot, grown without pesticide. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Nowadays, you will no doubt find many examples of organic wines appearing on the wine list of your favourite small bar or bottle shop shelf, but to be sure that the wine you are drinking is truly organic, it must be certified. Certification is provided by an independent third-party organisation, which carries out annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification, to ensure that the grapes that they grow comply with the strict standards of both the particular certifying body and the department of agriculture. It is against the law for a wine producer to sell or promote their wine as organic if it is not certified.

There are two prominent organic certifying bodies in Australia that most winegrowers will use to prove that their wine is organic. These are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). Look out for the particular certifying body’s logo, which, in most cases, will be printed somewhere on the wine label. This is your assurance that what you’re drinking is actually organic.

Just because a wine is organic, however, doesn’t mean that it is somehow healthier for you. The environment is certainly in much better health, than if you were spraying poisons all over the place, and the grapes certainly taste a whole lot better, meaning that in the hands of a skilled winemaker, the wine can definitely taste better, but organic wine still contains alcohol, which, of course, is harmful in excessive amounts.

In saying that, organic wine does contain half the maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide (220) – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and the main culprit for those shocking hangovers, the next day.

The maximum allowable limit of “pres 220” in Australian wine is 300 parts per million (ppm). For Australian certified organic wine it’s 150 ppm. To give a little context, most dry wines usually won’t exceed 200 ppm, and dried fruits can contain anywhere between 500 and 3000 ppm. If you are overly sensitive to sulphur, then drinking organic wines can be a “healthier” choice and will usually make the next day’s declarations of a sober future a lot less necessary.

Hunter Valley harvest of organic wine. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. As with most organic produce, be it beef, eggs, apples, or dare I say it, kale, the flavours are inherent, complex, pure and delicious. Organic food nourishes you in a way that no conventionally grown food can, and the same can be said of organic wine. Many sommeliers love serving these types of wines in their restaurants because they taste great and they tend to go well with food.

But, don’t take my word for it. here are a few certified organic wines for you to seek out and try for yourself.


Why you should be drinking organic wine and where to find it

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Last modified on Sat 18 Aug 2018 12.15 BST

Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines, if they even knew they existed in the first place.

But according to the most recent figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, organic wine is on the rise among wine lovers, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market in Australia, with organic grape production increasing by 120% between 2011 and 2014.

Thanks in part to an increase in the number of talented young winemakers actively seeking out organically grown grapes to make their wines from, and a coincidental rise in beards, tortoise shell glasses, farmers markets and small wine bars, organic wines are finally carving out a niche for themselves. And drinkers are reaping the rewards.

An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. For example, they introduce cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects that are the natural enemy of problem species, or have small sheep graze between the vine rows, eating the grass and weeds. In this way, the vineyard becomes a self-regulating, natural ecosystem, which is able to combat problems intrinsically and eliminates the need for artificial, and potentially toxic, chemicals.

Organic merlot, grown without pesticide. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Nowadays, you will no doubt find many examples of organic wines appearing on the wine list of your favourite small bar or bottle shop shelf, but to be sure that the wine you are drinking is truly organic, it must be certified. Certification is provided by an independent third-party organisation, which carries out annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification, to ensure that the grapes that they grow comply with the strict standards of both the particular certifying body and the department of agriculture. It is against the law for a wine producer to sell or promote their wine as organic if it is not certified.

There are two prominent organic certifying bodies in Australia that most winegrowers will use to prove that their wine is organic. These are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). Look out for the particular certifying body’s logo, which, in most cases, will be printed somewhere on the wine label. This is your assurance that what you’re drinking is actually organic.

Just because a wine is organic, however, doesn’t mean that it is somehow healthier for you. The environment is certainly in much better health, than if you were spraying poisons all over the place, and the grapes certainly taste a whole lot better, meaning that in the hands of a skilled winemaker, the wine can definitely taste better, but organic wine still contains alcohol, which, of course, is harmful in excessive amounts.

In saying that, organic wine does contain half the maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide (220) – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and the main culprit for those shocking hangovers, the next day.

The maximum allowable limit of “pres 220” in Australian wine is 300 parts per million (ppm). For Australian certified organic wine it’s 150 ppm. To give a little context, most dry wines usually won’t exceed 200 ppm, and dried fruits can contain anywhere between 500 and 3000 ppm. If you are overly sensitive to sulphur, then drinking organic wines can be a “healthier” choice and will usually make the next day’s declarations of a sober future a lot less necessary.

Hunter Valley harvest of organic wine. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. As with most organic produce, be it beef, eggs, apples, or dare I say it, kale, the flavours are inherent, complex, pure and delicious. Organic food nourishes you in a way that no conventionally grown food can, and the same can be said of organic wine. Many sommeliers love serving these types of wines in their restaurants because they taste great and they tend to go well with food.

But, don’t take my word for it. here are a few certified organic wines for you to seek out and try for yourself.


Why you should be drinking organic wine and where to find it

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Last modified on Sat 18 Aug 2018 12.15 BST

Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines, if they even knew they existed in the first place.

But according to the most recent figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, organic wine is on the rise among wine lovers, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market in Australia, with organic grape production increasing by 120% between 2011 and 2014.

Thanks in part to an increase in the number of talented young winemakers actively seeking out organically grown grapes to make their wines from, and a coincidental rise in beards, tortoise shell glasses, farmers markets and small wine bars, organic wines are finally carving out a niche for themselves. And drinkers are reaping the rewards.

An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. For example, they introduce cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects that are the natural enemy of problem species, or have small sheep graze between the vine rows, eating the grass and weeds. In this way, the vineyard becomes a self-regulating, natural ecosystem, which is able to combat problems intrinsically and eliminates the need for artificial, and potentially toxic, chemicals.

Organic merlot, grown without pesticide. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Nowadays, you will no doubt find many examples of organic wines appearing on the wine list of your favourite small bar or bottle shop shelf, but to be sure that the wine you are drinking is truly organic, it must be certified. Certification is provided by an independent third-party organisation, which carries out annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification, to ensure that the grapes that they grow comply with the strict standards of both the particular certifying body and the department of agriculture. It is against the law for a wine producer to sell or promote their wine as organic if it is not certified.

There are two prominent organic certifying bodies in Australia that most winegrowers will use to prove that their wine is organic. These are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). Look out for the particular certifying body’s logo, which, in most cases, will be printed somewhere on the wine label. This is your assurance that what you’re drinking is actually organic.

Just because a wine is organic, however, doesn’t mean that it is somehow healthier for you. The environment is certainly in much better health, than if you were spraying poisons all over the place, and the grapes certainly taste a whole lot better, meaning that in the hands of a skilled winemaker, the wine can definitely taste better, but organic wine still contains alcohol, which, of course, is harmful in excessive amounts.

In saying that, organic wine does contain half the maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide (220) – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and the main culprit for those shocking hangovers, the next day.

The maximum allowable limit of “pres 220” in Australian wine is 300 parts per million (ppm). For Australian certified organic wine it’s 150 ppm. To give a little context, most dry wines usually won’t exceed 200 ppm, and dried fruits can contain anywhere between 500 and 3000 ppm. If you are overly sensitive to sulphur, then drinking organic wines can be a “healthier” choice and will usually make the next day’s declarations of a sober future a lot less necessary.

Hunter Valley harvest of organic wine. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. As with most organic produce, be it beef, eggs, apples, or dare I say it, kale, the flavours are inherent, complex, pure and delicious. Organic food nourishes you in a way that no conventionally grown food can, and the same can be said of organic wine. Many sommeliers love serving these types of wines in their restaurants because they taste great and they tend to go well with food.

But, don’t take my word for it. here are a few certified organic wines for you to seek out and try for yourself.


Why you should be drinking organic wine and where to find it

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Last modified on Sat 18 Aug 2018 12.15 BST

Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines, if they even knew they existed in the first place.

But according to the most recent figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, organic wine is on the rise among wine lovers, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market in Australia, with organic grape production increasing by 120% between 2011 and 2014.

Thanks in part to an increase in the number of talented young winemakers actively seeking out organically grown grapes to make their wines from, and a coincidental rise in beards, tortoise shell glasses, farmers markets and small wine bars, organic wines are finally carving out a niche for themselves. And drinkers are reaping the rewards.

An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. For example, they introduce cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects that are the natural enemy of problem species, or have small sheep graze between the vine rows, eating the grass and weeds. In this way, the vineyard becomes a self-regulating, natural ecosystem, which is able to combat problems intrinsically and eliminates the need for artificial, and potentially toxic, chemicals.

Organic merlot, grown without pesticide. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Nowadays, you will no doubt find many examples of organic wines appearing on the wine list of your favourite small bar or bottle shop shelf, but to be sure that the wine you are drinking is truly organic, it must be certified. Certification is provided by an independent third-party organisation, which carries out annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification, to ensure that the grapes that they grow comply with the strict standards of both the particular certifying body and the department of agriculture. It is against the law for a wine producer to sell or promote their wine as organic if it is not certified.

There are two prominent organic certifying bodies in Australia that most winegrowers will use to prove that their wine is organic. These are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). Look out for the particular certifying body’s logo, which, in most cases, will be printed somewhere on the wine label. This is your assurance that what you’re drinking is actually organic.

Just because a wine is organic, however, doesn’t mean that it is somehow healthier for you. The environment is certainly in much better health, than if you were spraying poisons all over the place, and the grapes certainly taste a whole lot better, meaning that in the hands of a skilled winemaker, the wine can definitely taste better, but organic wine still contains alcohol, which, of course, is harmful in excessive amounts.

In saying that, organic wine does contain half the maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide (220) – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and the main culprit for those shocking hangovers, the next day.

The maximum allowable limit of “pres 220” in Australian wine is 300 parts per million (ppm). For Australian certified organic wine it’s 150 ppm. To give a little context, most dry wines usually won’t exceed 200 ppm, and dried fruits can contain anywhere between 500 and 3000 ppm. If you are overly sensitive to sulphur, then drinking organic wines can be a “healthier” choice and will usually make the next day’s declarations of a sober future a lot less necessary.

Hunter Valley harvest of organic wine. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. As with most organic produce, be it beef, eggs, apples, or dare I say it, kale, the flavours are inherent, complex, pure and delicious. Organic food nourishes you in a way that no conventionally grown food can, and the same can be said of organic wine. Many sommeliers love serving these types of wines in their restaurants because they taste great and they tend to go well with food.

But, don’t take my word for it. here are a few certified organic wines for you to seek out and try for yourself.


Why you should be drinking organic wine and where to find it

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Last modified on Sat 18 Aug 2018 12.15 BST

Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines, if they even knew they existed in the first place.

But according to the most recent figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, organic wine is on the rise among wine lovers, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market in Australia, with organic grape production increasing by 120% between 2011 and 2014.

Thanks in part to an increase in the number of talented young winemakers actively seeking out organically grown grapes to make their wines from, and a coincidental rise in beards, tortoise shell glasses, farmers markets and small wine bars, organic wines are finally carving out a niche for themselves. And drinkers are reaping the rewards.

An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. For example, they introduce cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects that are the natural enemy of problem species, or have small sheep graze between the vine rows, eating the grass and weeds. In this way, the vineyard becomes a self-regulating, natural ecosystem, which is able to combat problems intrinsically and eliminates the need for artificial, and potentially toxic, chemicals.

Organic merlot, grown without pesticide. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Nowadays, you will no doubt find many examples of organic wines appearing on the wine list of your favourite small bar or bottle shop shelf, but to be sure that the wine you are drinking is truly organic, it must be certified. Certification is provided by an independent third-party organisation, which carries out annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification, to ensure that the grapes that they grow comply with the strict standards of both the particular certifying body and the department of agriculture. It is against the law for a wine producer to sell or promote their wine as organic if it is not certified.

There are two prominent organic certifying bodies in Australia that most winegrowers will use to prove that their wine is organic. These are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). Look out for the particular certifying body’s logo, which, in most cases, will be printed somewhere on the wine label. This is your assurance that what you’re drinking is actually organic.

Just because a wine is organic, however, doesn’t mean that it is somehow healthier for you. The environment is certainly in much better health, than if you were spraying poisons all over the place, and the grapes certainly taste a whole lot better, meaning that in the hands of a skilled winemaker, the wine can definitely taste better, but organic wine still contains alcohol, which, of course, is harmful in excessive amounts.

In saying that, organic wine does contain half the maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide (220) – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and the main culprit for those shocking hangovers, the next day.

The maximum allowable limit of “pres 220” in Australian wine is 300 parts per million (ppm). For Australian certified organic wine it’s 150 ppm. To give a little context, most dry wines usually won’t exceed 200 ppm, and dried fruits can contain anywhere between 500 and 3000 ppm. If you are overly sensitive to sulphur, then drinking organic wines can be a “healthier” choice and will usually make the next day’s declarations of a sober future a lot less necessary.

Hunter Valley harvest of organic wine. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. As with most organic produce, be it beef, eggs, apples, or dare I say it, kale, the flavours are inherent, complex, pure and delicious. Organic food nourishes you in a way that no conventionally grown food can, and the same can be said of organic wine. Many sommeliers love serving these types of wines in their restaurants because they taste great and they tend to go well with food.

But, don’t take my word for it. here are a few certified organic wines for you to seek out and try for yourself.


Why you should be drinking organic wine and where to find it

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Last modified on Sat 18 Aug 2018 12.15 BST

Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines, if they even knew they existed in the first place.

But according to the most recent figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, organic wine is on the rise among wine lovers, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market in Australia, with organic grape production increasing by 120% between 2011 and 2014.

Thanks in part to an increase in the number of talented young winemakers actively seeking out organically grown grapes to make their wines from, and a coincidental rise in beards, tortoise shell glasses, farmers markets and small wine bars, organic wines are finally carving out a niche for themselves. And drinkers are reaping the rewards.

An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. For example, they introduce cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects that are the natural enemy of problem species, or have small sheep graze between the vine rows, eating the grass and weeds. In this way, the vineyard becomes a self-regulating, natural ecosystem, which is able to combat problems intrinsically and eliminates the need for artificial, and potentially toxic, chemicals.

Organic merlot, grown without pesticide. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Nowadays, you will no doubt find many examples of organic wines appearing on the wine list of your favourite small bar or bottle shop shelf, but to be sure that the wine you are drinking is truly organic, it must be certified. Certification is provided by an independent third-party organisation, which carries out annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification, to ensure that the grapes that they grow comply with the strict standards of both the particular certifying body and the department of agriculture. It is against the law for a wine producer to sell or promote their wine as organic if it is not certified.

There are two prominent organic certifying bodies in Australia that most winegrowers will use to prove that their wine is organic. These are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). Look out for the particular certifying body’s logo, which, in most cases, will be printed somewhere on the wine label. This is your assurance that what you’re drinking is actually organic.

Just because a wine is organic, however, doesn’t mean that it is somehow healthier for you. The environment is certainly in much better health, than if you were spraying poisons all over the place, and the grapes certainly taste a whole lot better, meaning that in the hands of a skilled winemaker, the wine can definitely taste better, but organic wine still contains alcohol, which, of course, is harmful in excessive amounts.

In saying that, organic wine does contain half the maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide (220) – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and the main culprit for those shocking hangovers, the next day.

The maximum allowable limit of “pres 220” in Australian wine is 300 parts per million (ppm). For Australian certified organic wine it’s 150 ppm. To give a little context, most dry wines usually won’t exceed 200 ppm, and dried fruits can contain anywhere between 500 and 3000 ppm. If you are overly sensitive to sulphur, then drinking organic wines can be a “healthier” choice and will usually make the next day’s declarations of a sober future a lot less necessary.

Hunter Valley harvest of organic wine. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. As with most organic produce, be it beef, eggs, apples, or dare I say it, kale, the flavours are inherent, complex, pure and delicious. Organic food nourishes you in a way that no conventionally grown food can, and the same can be said of organic wine. Many sommeliers love serving these types of wines in their restaurants because they taste great and they tend to go well with food.

But, don’t take my word for it. here are a few certified organic wines for you to seek out and try for yourself.


Why you should be drinking organic wine and where to find it

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Last modified on Sat 18 Aug 2018 12.15 BST

Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines, if they even knew they existed in the first place.

But according to the most recent figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, organic wine is on the rise among wine lovers, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market in Australia, with organic grape production increasing by 120% between 2011 and 2014.

Thanks in part to an increase in the number of talented young winemakers actively seeking out organically grown grapes to make their wines from, and a coincidental rise in beards, tortoise shell glasses, farmers markets and small wine bars, organic wines are finally carving out a niche for themselves. And drinkers are reaping the rewards.

An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. For example, they introduce cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects that are the natural enemy of problem species, or have small sheep graze between the vine rows, eating the grass and weeds. In this way, the vineyard becomes a self-regulating, natural ecosystem, which is able to combat problems intrinsically and eliminates the need for artificial, and potentially toxic, chemicals.

Organic merlot, grown without pesticide. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Nowadays, you will no doubt find many examples of organic wines appearing on the wine list of your favourite small bar or bottle shop shelf, but to be sure that the wine you are drinking is truly organic, it must be certified. Certification is provided by an independent third-party organisation, which carries out annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification, to ensure that the grapes that they grow comply with the strict standards of both the particular certifying body and the department of agriculture. It is against the law for a wine producer to sell or promote their wine as organic if it is not certified.

There are two prominent organic certifying bodies in Australia that most winegrowers will use to prove that their wine is organic. These are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). Look out for the particular certifying body’s logo, which, in most cases, will be printed somewhere on the wine label. This is your assurance that what you’re drinking is actually organic.

Just because a wine is organic, however, doesn’t mean that it is somehow healthier for you. The environment is certainly in much better health, than if you were spraying poisons all over the place, and the grapes certainly taste a whole lot better, meaning that in the hands of a skilled winemaker, the wine can definitely taste better, but organic wine still contains alcohol, which, of course, is harmful in excessive amounts.

In saying that, organic wine does contain half the maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide (220) – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and the main culprit for those shocking hangovers, the next day.

The maximum allowable limit of “pres 220” in Australian wine is 300 parts per million (ppm). For Australian certified organic wine it’s 150 ppm. To give a little context, most dry wines usually won’t exceed 200 ppm, and dried fruits can contain anywhere between 500 and 3000 ppm. If you are overly sensitive to sulphur, then drinking organic wines can be a “healthier” choice and will usually make the next day’s declarations of a sober future a lot less necessary.

Hunter Valley harvest of organic wine. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. As with most organic produce, be it beef, eggs, apples, or dare I say it, kale, the flavours are inherent, complex, pure and delicious. Organic food nourishes you in a way that no conventionally grown food can, and the same can be said of organic wine. Many sommeliers love serving these types of wines in their restaurants because they taste great and they tend to go well with food.

But, don’t take my word for it. here are a few certified organic wines for you to seek out and try for yourself.


Why you should be drinking organic wine and where to find it

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Last modified on Sat 18 Aug 2018 12.15 BST

Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines, if they even knew they existed in the first place.

But according to the most recent figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, organic wine is on the rise among wine lovers, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market in Australia, with organic grape production increasing by 120% between 2011 and 2014.

Thanks in part to an increase in the number of talented young winemakers actively seeking out organically grown grapes to make their wines from, and a coincidental rise in beards, tortoise shell glasses, farmers markets and small wine bars, organic wines are finally carving out a niche for themselves. And drinkers are reaping the rewards.

An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. For example, they introduce cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects that are the natural enemy of problem species, or have small sheep graze between the vine rows, eating the grass and weeds. In this way, the vineyard becomes a self-regulating, natural ecosystem, which is able to combat problems intrinsically and eliminates the need for artificial, and potentially toxic, chemicals.

Organic merlot, grown without pesticide. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Nowadays, you will no doubt find many examples of organic wines appearing on the wine list of your favourite small bar or bottle shop shelf, but to be sure that the wine you are drinking is truly organic, it must be certified. Certification is provided by an independent third-party organisation, which carries out annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification, to ensure that the grapes that they grow comply with the strict standards of both the particular certifying body and the department of agriculture. It is against the law for a wine producer to sell or promote their wine as organic if it is not certified.

There are two prominent organic certifying bodies in Australia that most winegrowers will use to prove that their wine is organic. These are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). Look out for the particular certifying body’s logo, which, in most cases, will be printed somewhere on the wine label. This is your assurance that what you’re drinking is actually organic.

Just because a wine is organic, however, doesn’t mean that it is somehow healthier for you. The environment is certainly in much better health, than if you were spraying poisons all over the place, and the grapes certainly taste a whole lot better, meaning that in the hands of a skilled winemaker, the wine can definitely taste better, but organic wine still contains alcohol, which, of course, is harmful in excessive amounts.

In saying that, organic wine does contain half the maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide (220) – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and the main culprit for those shocking hangovers, the next day.

The maximum allowable limit of “pres 220” in Australian wine is 300 parts per million (ppm). For Australian certified organic wine it’s 150 ppm. To give a little context, most dry wines usually won’t exceed 200 ppm, and dried fruits can contain anywhere between 500 and 3000 ppm. If you are overly sensitive to sulphur, then drinking organic wines can be a “healthier” choice and will usually make the next day’s declarations of a sober future a lot less necessary.

Hunter Valley harvest of organic wine. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. As with most organic produce, be it beef, eggs, apples, or dare I say it, kale, the flavours are inherent, complex, pure and delicious. Organic food nourishes you in a way that no conventionally grown food can, and the same can be said of organic wine. Many sommeliers love serving these types of wines in their restaurants because they taste great and they tend to go well with food.

But, don’t take my word for it. here are a few certified organic wines for you to seek out and try for yourself.


Why you should be drinking organic wine and where to find it

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Jasper Hill organic winery. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Last modified on Sat 18 Aug 2018 12.15 BST

Once there was a time when people, both in the wine trade and the general consumer, would actively avoid organic wines, if they even knew they existed in the first place.

But according to the most recent figures from the 2014 Australian Organic Market Report, organic wine is on the rise among wine lovers, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market in Australia, with organic grape production increasing by 120% between 2011 and 2014.

Thanks in part to an increase in the number of talented young winemakers actively seeking out organically grown grapes to make their wines from, and a coincidental rise in beards, tortoise shell glasses, farmers markets and small wine bars, organic wines are finally carving out a niche for themselves. And drinkers are reaping the rewards.

An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. For example, they introduce cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects that are the natural enemy of problem species, or have small sheep graze between the vine rows, eating the grass and weeds. In this way, the vineyard becomes a self-regulating, natural ecosystem, which is able to combat problems intrinsically and eliminates the need for artificial, and potentially toxic, chemicals.

Organic merlot, grown without pesticide. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

Nowadays, you will no doubt find many examples of organic wines appearing on the wine list of your favourite small bar or bottle shop shelf, but to be sure that the wine you are drinking is truly organic, it must be certified. Certification is provided by an independent third-party organisation, which carries out annual audits on vineyards that have applied for organic certification, to ensure that the grapes that they grow comply with the strict standards of both the particular certifying body and the department of agriculture. It is against the law for a wine producer to sell or promote their wine as organic if it is not certified.

There are two prominent organic certifying bodies in Australia that most winegrowers will use to prove that their wine is organic. These are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). Look out for the particular certifying body’s logo, which, in most cases, will be printed somewhere on the wine label. This is your assurance that what you’re drinking is actually organic.

Just because a wine is organic, however, doesn’t mean that it is somehow healthier for you. The environment is certainly in much better health, than if you were spraying poisons all over the place, and the grapes certainly taste a whole lot better, meaning that in the hands of a skilled winemaker, the wine can definitely taste better, but organic wine still contains alcohol, which, of course, is harmful in excessive amounts.

In saying that, organic wine does contain half the maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide (220) – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and the main culprit for those shocking hangovers, the next day.

The maximum allowable limit of “pres 220” in Australian wine is 300 parts per million (ppm). For Australian certified organic wine it’s 150 ppm. To give a little context, most dry wines usually won’t exceed 200 ppm, and dried fruits can contain anywhere between 500 and 3000 ppm. If you are overly sensitive to sulphur, then drinking organic wines can be a “healthier” choice and will usually make the next day’s declarations of a sober future a lot less necessary.

Hunter Valley harvest of organic wine. Photograph: Daniel Honan/The Guardian.

For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. As with most organic produce, be it beef, eggs, apples, or dare I say it, kale, the flavours are inherent, complex, pure and delicious. Organic food nourishes you in a way that no conventionally grown food can, and the same can be said of organic wine. Many sommeliers love serving these types of wines in their restaurants because they taste great and they tend to go well with food.

But, don’t take my word for it. here are a few certified organic wines for you to seek out and try for yourself.


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