Organic Grape Growing and How it Affects Wine
Organic grape growing has been a highly debated topic. Is it possible? Is it effective? How does it affect the wine?
The difference between organic and non-organic viticulture lies in whether chemicals such as synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are used during the grape growing process.
Organic grapes are grown without the use of chemicals.
IS ORGANIC GRAPE GROWING POSSIBLE?
The answer is yes. In fact, organic viticulture is recommended for health purposes. However, the region in which grapes are grown has a great impact on the system to be adopted. For example, in areas with low relative humidity there is less disease pressure and the need for synthetic fungicides is minimal. Regions like this are suitable for organic grape growing.
Organic grape growing is less costly than non-organic systems, as the need for fertilizers and the like are reduced to the barest minimum. These chemicals can be very expensive and may later result in toxicity in the vineyard. This practice extends the lifespan of a winemaker’s vineyard and can bring in huge returns to the business.
HOW DOES ORGANIC GRAPE GROWING AFFECT WINE?
Studies show that resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine serves as a good protection against cancer, anti-aging and heart disease. Ingredients like allergens, pesticides and animal proteins may just be contaminants to your wine.
Organic grape growing produces wines that have 32 percent higher resveratrol levels than traditional wines. Truly, organic grape growing results in wines that are healthier for you.
According to the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), about 21 million pounds of pesticides were used on California grapes in 2003 and the Environmental Working Group detected the use of one or more pesticides on 77 percent of imported grapes they surveyed.
It is now obvious that there are thousands of wines that are the product of non-organic grapes and that could have an effect on your health. Sulfites, for example, is an allergen that can cause breathing problems. It is a common preservative that is added to wines. Besides this, sulfites occur naturally as a by-product of the process of fermentation. Adding more sulfites in order to preserve the wine just increases the health risks.
If you’re health conscious and want to avoid these risks, your best bet is to find organic wine. That means wine that started with organic grape growing.
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