Eco-friendly wines are formulated for the purpose of sustaining our natural environment. These wines are processed using minimal materials and ingredients to maintain their most natural taste and replenishable sources. They are categorized into three types: Organic, Biodynamic, and Natural.
- Organic wines come from organic grapes, which are free from fertilizers and chemicals.
- Biodynamic wines aren’t only from organic grapes, but also from grapes grown in a clean natural environment.
- Natural wines are produced from organic grapes cultivated in vineyards but are processed with minimal intervention to keep their authentic taste.
In recognition of Earth Day, here are some eco-friendly wines you can try, and some classic vineyards to put on your bucket list to visit.
1. Bonterra Vineyards Viognier 2012
A white wine blended with herbal and floral undertones, Bonterra Vineyards Viognier 2012 is a fruity and smooth beverage flavored with vanilla and a freshly ripe apricot. Like other known Bonterra’s wines, Viognier 2012 is also biodynamic and has Demeter Certification.
Winemakers of Bonterra Vineyards have been into organic farming since 1987. Their vineyard is known to be bio-diversified and is located in Mendocino County, California – a place ideal for viticulture.
2. Alma Rosa 2013 Pinot Noir Mount Eden Clone
A red wine with a pleasant rustic tannin structure, Alma Rosa’s 2013 Pinot Noir Mount Eden Clone is perfect for chilling while listening to jazz tunes. Its hint of strawberry makes it seductive and satisfying.
What makes Alma Rosa unique is their bottling process. Besides organic wine production, they use a standard bottle mold for all their wine to lessen bottle production waste.
3. Benziger Joachin’s Inferno 2012
Known for being luscious, Benziger Joachin’s Inferno 2012 is a Demeter-Certified red wine flavored with ripe berries with hints of smoke and vanilla, and a strong taste and a silky texture. Wine lovers recommend pairing this wine with lamb, beef, or any spicy food.
Benziger is a family-run winery founded in 1980. Their vineyards are nestled in Sonoma Mountain, California. Driven by biodynamic principles, they aim to sustain and protect the environment by producing eco-friendly wines and creating various programs that promote healthy living.
4. Frog’s Leap 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
With earthen flavors of cedar and cassis-currant aromas, Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon promises an ultimate wine experience in the classic style of Rutherford Cabernets. Its velvety tannins and plush mouthfeel are complemented by bright acidity, making it the perfect drink for wine lovers.
Frog’s Leap has been producing wine since 1988. Today, it’s one of the few producers that uses solar energy and employs dry farming – a method that reduces water usage. And yes, they are certified organic.