Winemakers are becoming more conscious about giving-back to the earth, which makes it possible for wine lovers to pick and sip more green wine than ever. However, staying up-to-date on sustainable farming techniques and understanding the various eco-friendly methods can be an overwhelming task. In the spirit of Earth Day, we have demystified these techniques to help you find the right eco-friendly wine.
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Wines with a seal of sustainability follow strict standards designed to lead to measurable improvements in the environmental health of the ecosystem, society and wine quality.
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Made with organic grapes, the grapes are grown in accordance with organic standards. However, a wine made with organic grapes is different from an organic wine. 100% Organic wine is made with only organic juice from organic grapes and is sulfite free.
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Part of what differentiates Biodynamics from organic winegrowing is its focus on holistic farming and maintaining balance on an entire property, fence to fence. The vineyard is viewed like a living organism and is treated accordingly. For example, biodynamic growers may incorporate the use of predators and ladybugs to control the pest population.
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By harnessing gravity to move wine throughout the winemaking process from the crush pad, to the tanks, and finally the barrels, wineries reduce their carbon footprint and improve the wine quality.
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A winery can use solar panels as an eco-friendly method for running operations throughout the winemaking process and daily operations.
Cheers to Earth Day from The Barn Group!