11 Sep '12, 12pm

Does wine have to be certified organic to be sustainable?

Does wine have to be certified organic to be sustainable?

Photo: Quinn Dombrowski /Flickr Right before Labor Day, I recommended sustainably produced Pinot Grigio from Mezzacarona to you as a great option for a reasonably priced crowd pleaser for your weekend celebrations. Mezzacarona is not an organic wine, but the Italian vineyard where it is made practices many sustainable wine growing and production techniques. There are many, many vineyards like Mezzacarona that farm sustainably, sometimes even organically, but they don’t put that information on the bottles? Why? One reason is because the majority of consumers aren’t interested in organic or “green” wines. A 2010 study done by UCLA found that although the quality of wine made from organic grapes was often considered better than comparable wine made from conventionally grown grapes, eco-labels can cause the price of a bottle of wine to plummet. Bottles of wine labeled “made fr...

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