Simply put, Organic wines are made from organically grown grapes. But there are lots of different certifications for organic products around the world. For instance, organic wine in the United States cannot contain added sulphites, whereas it can in Europe. Most of the growers on the list might farm pretty much organically, even fully, but either aren't certified or are in conversion. The wines on the list are certified organic, or in organic conversion.
This method predates organic farming. Biodynamic farming was devised in the 1920s by an Austrian called Rudolf Steiner. At its heart is the biodynamic calendar, which regulates what you do, and when. Then there are the special natural composts you stick in cow horns and bury in the ground, in addition to renouncing all manufactured chemicals and fertilizers. This might sound a little unnecessary, but there's undoubtedly substance to it. A visit to a biodynamic vineyard gives you a sense that the vineyard feels in harmony with nature. In the wine world, some of the most passionate, honest winegrowers you'll ever meet farm in this method. Although they don’t shout about it, some of the world’s leading producers follow this method, including Cristal Champagne and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
People are increasingly concerned about sulphites in wines, so what are they? Sulphur is a natural product of fermentation, so there's no such thing as 'zero sulphur' wine, but you can have zero added sulphur and lower sulphur wines.
Sulphur dioxide has been added to wine as a preservative since Roman times. Does it give you a headache? Not exactly, but it does badly affect about 1% of the population. There's more added sulphur in dried fruit (about 20 times more) than wine.
However, in our experience, better wines tend to have fewer sulphites. There are fewer sins to cover up. You don't have to go to the extent of barely any added sulphur in order to make good wines, but at that end of the scale there are also some people making amazing, interesting and delicious wines.
You will find a selection of wines with significantly less added sulphur than most, or no added sulphur at all, on our list.
Refreshing notes of stone fruits, light and fruity with a fresh acidity.
Bottle £21.00 Small £4.00 Medium £5.50 Large £7.25
Slightly floral on the nose. Honeysuckle, peaches and juicy pear notes.
Bottle £22.00 Small £4.50 Medium £6.00 Large £8.00
Vast aromatic range of citrus fruits, dry with fresh acidity and slightly saline finish.
Bottle £29.50 Small £5.00 Medium £6.90 Large £9.90
Apricot and peach aromas. A highly and expressive nose, Dry with refreshing acidity and mineral finish.
Aromatic, juicy and citrusy with good acidity.Organic.
Balanced dry wine, dominated by citrus and green apple notes. Mineral finish with touch of cedar.
Organic and unfiltered Semillon Chenin blend wine. Sparkling with tropical fruits notes and zippy acidity.
Made with the petulant natural method (oldest and most natural way of making a sparkling wine) this bubbly Chenin Blanc is bursting with stone fruit and nutty flavours.
Vibrant red berries on the nose with hints of spice. Fruity and refreshing.
Bottle £29.00 Small £5.50 Medium £7.50 Large £9.00
Medium bodied and juicy with red fruits notes such as strawberry and blackcurrant. Organic.
Bottle £23.00 Small £4.50 Medium £6.00 Large £8.00
Full bodied with dark fruit aromas. Velvety richness in the mouth, well supported by acidity and bramble fruit flavours. Organic.
Bottle £26.00 Small £5.00 Medium £7.00 Large £9.00
Bright, aromatic and fresh with subtle oak notes. Delicious red fruit flavours.
Bottle £29.50 Small £5.50 Medium £7.50 Large £9.90
Grenache and Syrah blend. Full bodied wine, bursting with black fruits and pepper notes. Biodynamic.
Medium body with blackberry and cherry notes. Spicy finish.
Light red with dark fruit notes and soft tannins. Biodynamic.
Medium body, rich with cherry and raspberry notes. Smooth tannins. Biodynamic.
Blend of 3 vintage across 7 varieties, both red and white. This mysterious organic wine is fruity, earthy with notes of elderberries.
Light with a smoky, stalky and peppery nose. Long savoury cherry and violet characters. Organic.
Delicious blend of Chardonnay and Viura. Refreshing notes of peach and tropical fruit.
Bottle £30.00 Glass £6.50
Made with the same method as Champagne, from Chardonnay grapes grown in the Cote de Baune. Tropical creamy with a zesty finish. Delicious tropical, honey and apple characters.
Dark almost black, with ripe red wine tannin structure. Plum, cassis, dark cherries aromas and roasted flavours such as coffee and mocha.
A racy nose to start, citrus blossom and fresh grass mix with dried fruits and honey. Simply nectar in a glass.
Intense nose, very sweet with notes of dried fruits such as dates, burnt sugar and exotic spice. Good acidity that does not over power the sweetness.
A deep red colour, ripe jammy plum and berry fruit aromas with the rich mellow flavours of wood ageing. Rich and round on the palate.
This sumptuous and richly flavoured tawny port is matured for 10years in seasoned oak casks. It combines ripe jammy fruit aromas with the rich mellow flavours of wood ageing.