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Are Natural Wines Sustainable?

By Kayti Doolittle

Natural Wines taste good, they’re pure, and they make life moment's special. The delicate flavor of an orange wine or the effervescence of a Natural pet nat elevates wine drinking far beyond the flavors you can expect from conventional wines.

But Natural Wines aren't just good for your palate – Natural Wines are sustainable.

Not only are they made using better farming practices, but many Natural Wines are made in smaller batches by people who care about each aspect of the winemaking process, unlike industrial winemaking operations.

That often means better growing practices, better business operations, and better packaging, – all of which make for a healthier, happier world.

An Organic Vineyard in Austria

What Makes Natural Wine Sustainable?

Not every Natural Wine is created equally, but most Natural Wines are cultivated with a keen eye toward sustainability, environmental stewardship, and lessening ecological impact. At Dry Farm Wines, we meticulously curate our wines, accepting only the purest Natural Wines. In fact, only 0.01% of the wines in the world meet our standards.

In our book, bona fide Natural Wines come from organic, biodynamic farms where the farmers treat their land not as a factory for producing as much food as possible but as a life-sustaining ecosystem. On these farms, a diversity of plants and animals coexist, supporting each other and creating a healthy, self-sustaining biosphere. They also promote healthy, micronutrient-rich soil that makes for healthier plants.

Extraordinary Natural Wine

The Benefit of Organic Grapes

Grapes are one of the “dirty dozen” - the 12 varieties of produce that are the most pesticide-laden. Grapes’ porousness and high water content can cause them to leach more pesticides and toxins from the soil than other produce.

Biodynamic, organically farmed grapes, however, are pesticide-free, because they’re grown without any added chemicals or pesticides. This means that Natural Wines can contain fewer toxins than conventionally farmed grapes.

Organic grape farming reduces pollution from toxic runoff, helps rejuvenate soil, and helps create thriving, diverse biospheres that are home to a variety of plants and animals.

DFW Family member, Shawn, takes a sip of Natural Wine

Organic Farming vs Traditional Farming for Sustainability

You can probably see by now how beneficial organic farming is for the health of the planet and the soil. And the benefit of Natural Wines made from organically farmed grapes is magnified tenfold when you contrast it to the way conventional farms operate.

Conventional farms tend to monocrop, producing as much of a certain food as possible at the expense of soil health and healthy biodiversity. Monocropping leeches the soil of its nutrients and robs the farm of the natural balance of helpful insects that keeps pests at bay. Because of this, conventional farms need to use chemical fertilizers, toxic pesticides, and other harsh solutions to maintain their plants. These methods create a high crop yield, but the plants produced are devoid of nutrients and pumped full of toxins, and the soil is left tired and unhealthy, too.

Organic, biodynamic farms, however, take a completely different approach to farming. Their aim is not to create as high a yield as possible but to work with the land to grow food and nurture a healthy, thriving ecosystem. Organic farming takes longer than traditional farming and it produces less food, but the crops it does produce are healthy, nutrient-rich, and full of rich, complex flavor.

Not only that, but organic farming benefits the world by sustaining a huge variety of essential life forms, preserving essential resources like water, and preventing pollution and runoff from toxic chemicals.

When you drink Natural Wines made from organic, biodynamic grapes, you can taste the difference. You are consuming the best of Mother Nature. You’re getting a wine that’s more robust, flavorful, and complex than one made from conventionally farmed grapes.

More importantly, you know you’re contributing to small family farms and a healthier planet.

And we think you’ll agree that that’s something worth toasting to.

Is Dry Farm Wines for You?

Ultimately, every person has to decide for themselves how much they might want to try Natural Wine over traditional options. If you’re interested in high quality wine from a company that delivers right to your door Dry Farm Wines is the right wine membership for you. 

Wine companies are not required to report additives they use, how they farm, or even the accurate alcohol content on the label. So Dry Farm Wines vets every wine and grower to ensure they meet our strict guidelines. Our lab testing process ensures that all of the wines in your box meet our criteria. 

  • Sugar Free
  • Lower Alcohol
  • Lower Sulfites
  • Organically Farmed
  • No Industrial Additives

It is time to become a sustainable wine consumer! Join a community of wine enthusiasts at Dry Farm wines today by choosing our wine membership box.

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