With so many of us spending so much time at home this summer, stocking up on a few of our favourite wines has become an essential part of making our time inside as enjoyable as possible. Good wine is one of the greatest pleasures in life and one of the few things that we are still able to enjoy, it is no surprise, therefore, that during lockdown wine sales increased dramatically. Everyone who has enjoyed a few glasses of wine will understand that not all wine is created equally, but what you might not know is just how important both the growing process and making of your wine is, in contributing to your health and environmental factors. Organic wines are a much healthier way of consuming wine, and so we catch up with Vintage Roots, the UK’s most revered Organic Wine Retailer to discuss the importance of why we should all be making the switch to organic wine this summer.
Organic Wines are Less Likely to make you Hungover
Providing that you drink in moderation, anecdotal evidence suggests that people who drink organic wine tend to feel less hungover the next morning than if they had been drinking non-organic wine. This is because hangovers can be a bi-product of the added sulfites. Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) is the most widely used and controversial additive in winemaking. Used as an antiseptic to kill off unwanted bacteria, yeasts and moulds, and as an antioxidant to inhibit oxygen spoiling the wine. An increasing number of people are sensitive or have allergic reactions to sulphur (headaches, wheeziness, a more groggy morning after feeling), and want to avoid it or ingest as little as possible. The good news is that organic wines have lower set levels generally, and within the Vintage Roots List we detail ‘LS’ (Low Sulphur’) and ‘NS’ (No Sulphur Added) wines, giving you the choice.
Organic Wine is Better for the Environment
Organic wine is made using only organically certified grapes, grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemical fertilisers. Since the 2012 vintage, new winemaking regulations mean the whole process is certified from harvest to bottle and the term ‘Organic Wine’ can be displayed on bottles. Undoubtedly, the presence of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and other harmful chemicals has a huge negative impact on the environment and the natural world around us. When considering the environment we should all do our best to buy organic produce, including wine, where possible.
Organic Wine Tastes Better
Because of the natural way that an organic grape is grown, many growers would argue that it tastes so much better and more authentic adding to the overall appreciation of the wine. Anyone who has grown their own food and herbs at home will know that by not using pesticides or chemicals, the food you grow at home is the tastiest and safest there is.
About Vintage Roots
Vintage Roots has been the UK’s leading Organic Wine Retailer since 1986, offering an extensive drinks portfolio that includes over 400 delicious organic wines (as well as beer, cider, spirits and alcohol-free too). Having gained a number of awards and accolades in the industry, Vintage Roots pride themselves on offering a continued level of excellence in the drinks market caring as much about the customer experience as the thought and level of testing that goes into the products they pick. Each and every Vintage Roots product is certified as organic in line with standards laid out by the UK’s Organic Food Federation. Vintage Roots even blind test taste every single wine each year to make sure that it is living up to their high taste standards so you can be absolutely sure that whether you choose a rose, a white or even a prosecco this summer, it will be among the best tasting wines out there.
Special Offer – 10% Off a Mixed Case of Wine
Order the mixed case of wine the Giol Six at 10% Off. Based in the Piave area of north-eastern Italy, the Giol name is best known for fabulously pure, organic Prosecco wines. You can enjoy them in this mixed six-bottle case with a Spumante, a frizzante and two Perla frizzante, which are all sparkling with varying degrees of ‘fizziness’. Added to these is a gold medal-winning Pinot Grigio and a ‘No Sulphites Added’ Merlot.