Better Wine, Better PlanetBy Kayti Doolittle
Natural wines taste good, they’re pure, and let’s be real- all the cool kids are drinking Natural wine. That’s because they make every life moment special. The delicate flavor of an orange wine or the effervescence of a Natural sparkling red elevates wine drinking far beyond the flavors you can expect from conventional wines.
But Natural wines aren't just good for your social capital – they’re also good for the planet.
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.
Natural wines and Sustainability
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 - and nutrient-rich wines.
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, making them especially bad for your health.
Biodynamic, organically farmed grapes, however, are pesticide-free, because they’re grown without any added chemicals, or pesticides. This means that Natural wines have less toxins than conventionally farmed grapes. Beyond that, organic grapes are inherently sustainable to farm because they don’t require excessive water and they can help preserve a healthy farm biosphere when farmed responsibly.
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.
Organic Farming Vs. Traditional Farming
You can probably see by now how beneficial organic farming is for the health of the planet, the soil, and you. 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 wines made from organic, biodynamic grapes, you can taste and feel the difference. You are consuming the best of Mother Nature. You’re benefiting from a rich array of micronutrients and probiotics present in the soil, and 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.