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ORGANIC WINES
by PRIMROSE GANDHI

No more is the idea of organic products limited to fruits and veggies, it has also found its place in wine industry. Today, more and more wines connoisseurs and environmental friendly people are inclined to buying organic wines. Looking at these demands, the number of organic wines producers has increased sharply worldwide.

However, there still remains a big confusion about organic wines. What actually are organic wines? What are organic grapes? Is there any difference between these two? Are organic wines made from organic grapes?

Legally "organic wines" and "organic grapes" hold different definitions.

Organic grapes are the grapes which make no use of any sort of chemicals like germicides or pesticides etc. during their production.

Organic wine is that it is made from organic grapes and also, during the making of these wines, no chemicals were used at all.

Generally grapes are sprayed with sulfur to prevent them from mildew. Powdery mildew, also known as Oidium is caused by the fungus Uncinula necator and popular wine grape varieties vary in susceptibility to powdery mildew. Bordeaux mixture is another commonly used chemical to prevent mildew. Its chemical name is copper sulfate. All the wines that we drink have sulfur or some similar chemical in them. The use of sulphites in wines is as an antioxidant.

Other chemicals which may be present in wines are Bentonite or Kiesolsol. These two are used as fining agents during the winemaking. Learn more on these on http://fonisol.com/facts_about_wines.htm

Making wines, without any of the chemicals is somewhat difficult to achieve. The reason may be emergencies like a pest attack or grapes plants catch a disease, or under normal conditions also, processes like fining involves the use of chemicals.

According to the international law, the wines which are made from organic grapes are still considered organic wines and these are the wines which we see in the market today, with organic certification on them. Wines with less than 10mg/L sulfites are considered organic and they are permitted under the regulations stated by organic wines certification body.

ADVANTAGES: There are lots of reasons why people choose these wines. It has its own advantages, firstly it's free of chemical residues found in other wines and so these residues will not enter your body. Secondly these wines contain higher levels of anti-oxidants that can lower cholesterol and prevent cell-oxidation which may cause cancer.

TASTE: Some people believe that organic wines taste better. I cannot comment on it. I am sure some people do find it tastier. However generally, there is no difference in taste at all. Have you ever noted any difference in the taste between organic and non-organic fruits and vegetable? If you have, then you might be inclined to think that the organic wines taste better!

BUYING: If you are buying organic wines, there are a few things you need to check the label carefully. Even those wines that write "organic wines may still be non-organic. Usually a wine with sulphites less than 10mg/L is considered organic wines as explained before. If you are very strict about the use of organic wines, then always check the certification before buying one. Also if you are allergic to any of these compounds like sulphites etc, then be wary!

Article written by:
Primrose Gandhi
FONISOL INTERNATIONAL