Drink sustainably – go organic!

Feb 07, 2020

Australians are becoming much more mindful about what they are putting into their bodies, their shopping carts and back into the earth – but there’s still a long way to go.

In an index ranking counties based on their ability to meet global Sustainable Development Goals Australia was ranked number 20 in the world.

So, what can we do to contribute to a more sustainable earth?

We think living sustainably is all about the little things – making small changes in your lifestyle that add up to big changes for big industries, which will ultimately have a huge impact on the earth.

And a great place to start is by going organic!

The term “organic” means that produce is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals such as fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides, which can be harmful to the earth.

So, while we’re not here to tell you that organic food and wine is better for you – although some studies suggest that it is – growing and harvesting food that is grown with minimal intervention can only be good for you and the earth.

According to Wine Australia the Australian wine industry contributes over $40 billion annually to the Australian economy, with an estimated 2468 wineries producing wine 1.37 billion litres of wine across 65 winegrowing regions across Australia each year.

Just imagine the impact to our earth if all of that wine was made with organic farming practices?

Fortunately, many Australians are already making the switch to organic wine.

In a recent article by Daniel Honan for The Guardian he mentioned that organic wine consumption is on the rise among Aussie wine lovers, accounting for 6.9% of the total organic market.

Organic grape production also increased by 120% between 2011 and 2014, and is growing every year.

But what does “certified organic” mean?

Being certified organic and making organic wines means no artificial herbicides, pesticides, chemicals or fertilisers are used in either the vineyard or the winery.

It takes three years for a vineyard to be certified as organic. Here at Angove Organic we are audited annually to achieve ongoing certification.

Our aim is to have the healthiest soil we possibly can, with minimal inputs so that we can continue to grow grapes and make wine for many generations and years to come.

How do we maintain our vineyards organically?

Healthy soil is promoted and created by the use of organic mulches and the growing of different grasses and cover crops along the vineyard rows.

Building a natural, healthy environment in the vineyard helps to encourage the good insects, and keeps the majority of pests at bay.

We also use mulch to reduce water evaporation from the soil and the need for herbicides to control weed development.

When weeds do pop up, many organic vignerons send in sheep to eat the weeds and grass to keep it under control.

Similarly, when it comes to uncontrollable pests, we send in our trusty Angove Organic ducks, who love to eat snails and slugs before they make their way to our grapes.

Making organic wine is all about minimal intervention and nurturing the health of our superior soil to carry our vineyards through to the many generations to come.

Happy soil = delicious wine!

The good news is, organic wine is not only good for the earth, it tastes great too, because grapes derive their flavour from the soil.

Healthy organic soil and a chemical free environment helps the vines to produce grapes of the highest flavour, making wines of the highest quality that speak to where they are grown.

Does organic wine contain sulphur?

Contrary to popular belief, organic wine does contain sulphur as it’s an important preservative and ensures our wines make their way from the cellar to your glass without expiring.

With that being said, we use much less sulphur in organic wines than non-organic wines, which is why organic wines are often the top choice for those who suffer from mild sulphur allergies.

The long-term legacy

We have spent the past ten years progressively converting our vineyards to certified Organic viticultural management, and have crafted an ever-growing range of premium organic wines as a result.

As a multigenerational family-owned winery, we’re here for the long haul, so looking after our environment has always been important to our philosophy.

Organic vineyard management practices are simply a natural extension of this.

For us, Organic Wine and Organic Viticulture is also about community.

We live where we grow our grapes and we want to live in a healthy, clean environment, one that has biodiversity and is sustainable.

With 285 acres of Certified Organic vineyards, Angove Family Winemakers is now one of the most significant organic grape growers and winemakers in Australia.

For us, producing and drinking organic wine is about making a more sustainable choice.

If everyone chose to drink organic wine, the earth would be in a much healthier place.

So be good to yourself, your family and generations to come by supporting sustainable winemaking practices and choosing organic wine.