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How does Organic Viticulture differ from Conventional Viticulture?

Conventional agricultural practices, adopted in large part over the past 50 years, have stripped the minerals essential for healthy crops from the soil, necessitating the increasing use of artificial help to replace what is being lost year after year. In fact, entire families of insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides are currently being used in conventional wine grape production.
 

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Red Wine = Red Wine White Wine = White Wine Blanquette, Sparkling Wine= Blanquette, Sparkling Wine
Organic Wine = Organic Wine Rosé = Rosé Muscat, Natural Sweet Wine  = Muscat, Natural Sweet Wine
 
The cornerstone of organic farming is the soil. Maintaining a healthy, biologically active soil is the main objective for an organic farmer. In the vineyard it means cultivating the soil and planting cover crops, instead of applying herbicides. It means using natural fertilizers, such as composted animal manure, versus chemical fertilizers. Organic growers use no synthetic growth-regulators (such as Alar). As for not using pesticides, the organic alternative is to encourage natural predators of insect pests instead of using poisonous insecticides.
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Organic farmers promote "biodiversity" and allow plants other than vines to grow in and around the vineyard. Biodiversity helps regulate the vineyard soil by attracting beneficial insects, spiders and predatory mites, as well as provide shelter and food (pollen, nectar and other bugs) and replaces the need for chemical pesticides or insecticides. What cannot be fully controlled through biodiversity can still be managed organically, through the use of naturally occurring plant or mineral extracts, which leave no residues in the soil. In wet climates the main difficulty is raised by the use of copper sulfate against mildew, which leaves over time levels of copper in the soil that need to be monitored.

To answer the problem of weeds, conventional farmers use chemical weed killers. The organic alternative is to allow the weeds to grow, and mow them periodically so that the cut weeds rot back into the ground, thus providing organic fertilizer.
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There is no doubt that growing using organic principles protects the environment and the people who work in the vineyards from the adverse effects of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. Organic is more than simply a way of farming. It is also a philosophy. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "We did not inherit the Earth from our forefathers, we are borrowing it from our descendants".

How does Organic Winemaking differ from Conventional Winemaking?

In the cellar, "organic" suggests minimal processing and no use of chemical additives. Organic winemakers pay particular attention to three factors: the use of yeasts, the filtration/fining method, and the use of sulfur dioxide.

* The need for cultured yeasts in organic winemaking is reduced by the farming practice itself, since wild yeasts remain present on the grape skins, unperturbed by weed killers or insecticides. Therefore their use is limited to difficult weather conditions which would threaten the harvest or to initiate a slow starting fermentation.

* The physical treatment of the wine (like fining and filtering) is kept to a minimum. A small amount of proteins derived from animal products (milk, eggs, fish) is traditionally used in the fining process. Sometimes the process is unncessary or different types of clay are used, therefore qualifying the resulting wine as Vegan.

* Minimizing the use of sulfur dioxide as an antioxidant is a common obsession of organic wine makers. It's very difficult, meaning risky, to make a wine that will keep well without adding at least some additional sulfites to those naturally produced which have no protecting power. This is particularly true of white wines, which ferment separated from the grape skins. Red wines ferment with juice and skins together, providing them not only with their color but also with tannins, a natural preservative.

* On the other hand the use of temperature control during the winemaking process is widely spread since it is only a physical process which allows a more precise control of the types of flavors that will develop in the wine.
 
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The most "Muscats du Languedoc" are made by vinification after a short maceration so that the essential aromas are retained. The fermentation is done at a relatively low temperature allowing the wine to keep a complex aroma tinged with various fragrances: lemon-balm, honey or fresh mint, depending on the vintage. If the grapes are left to ripen further on the vine, the aromas of orange blosson and rose can develop. With its youthful charm, this wine should be drunk one or two years after harvesting. It is best served chilled with dessert. To surprise your guests, serve a Muscat de Rivesaltes with foie gras or Roquefort cheese.

Red Wine  Rosé   The permitted grape varieties for red and rosé wine are: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Lladoner Pelut, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot en Côt (Malbec).

White Wine   The most important grape varieties for white are Chardonnay, Macabeu, Picpoul, Clairette, Terret Blanc, Bourboulenc (Malvoisie) - Grenache Blanc, Maccabeu, Clairette, Muscat, Piquepoul, Terret blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino).

  Organic vineyards are not necessarily "tidy" in the conventional sense with "spreadsheet" rows of vines devoid of all interior plant or animal life except the prized vine. However, they are beautiful - a stunning display of nature's innate system of checks and balance, cover crops, bugs, bees, birds, bats and the like checking in on vine-destroying insects and weeds - helping to balance their formidable populations to give rise to a vine that can thrive. Organic wines are a true ecosystem gem. Organic Wine
 
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With grapes topping the list of the most chemically "sprayed" (with insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and other nasty "cides") categories of produce on the market today, it is no wonder that many are seeking an organic alternative to their conventional wines. Tides are certainly turning as more vintners are discovering that the common-sense approach to both organic and biodynamic growing methods, results in not only "healthier" vines, but in wines with greater flavor, more distinct terroir character and at times a noticeable cost-savings on their bottom line.

  Certification is very important because it helps protect consumers from fraud!

Organic farming today is based on long-standing traditional farming methods as well as techniques and tools developed through modern research. However, many producers who claim to follow traditional farming methods, and limit or exclude the use of synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, fungicides, etc, are not formally registered with any certification agency verifying and overseeing that the organic regulations are being followed. Moreover there are new references like "sustainable practices, ecological development, long term planning, reasonable farming" etc, etc... which are in part dictated by the general "greenwashing" of businesses stemming from the desire of each business to look like a good citizen now that the power of the Green movement has taken everybody by surprise. It may be a positive trend overall but beware of empty words! Although growers may claim their produce is organic even if it is not certified as such, certification is the consumer's greatest assurance that the grapes used in the wine were produced in accordance with legally established organic standards, and that the grower has been required to document and demonstrate the validity of its organic claim.


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Domaine des Espérances - Lézignan-Corbières


Domaine
des Espérances

Domaine des Espérances - Lézignan-Corbières

Red Wine White Wine Rosé Organic Wine

Domaine des Espérances is situated in one of the most beautiful and varied regions of France, in the Languedoc- Roussillon. It is near the Spanish border and about 50km from the Mediterranean Sea, on a plateau of 140m above sea level, above the village Lézignan-Corbières. The mild climate with a lot of sun and wind as well as the weather-beaten chalk and loam soil offer ideal cultivation conditions for winegrowing. Here the Swiss Marty family with the three sisters Chantal, Franziska et Alexandra and their parents Irma et Balthasar make expressive wines from organic and healthy nature. The whole family cooperate in the vineyard and the sale with a lot of verve and enthusiasm....


Domaine des Balmettes - Cases de Pène

Domaine
des Balmettes

Domaine des Balmettes - Cases de Pène

Red Wine  Muscat, Natural Sweet Wine  Organic Wine

The Domain is established in 2003, is a great story of friendship, respect, suppot, not forgetting good tastings... The Domain is 8 hectares in one piece conversion Bio. The Estate has chosen to do manual labor in the work of the harvest of the earth, and a plot selection with the presence of Mediterranean varietals such as Grenache, Macabeo and Muscat Petit Grain flights as well as Syrah, young Rookie of the Catalan lands. Winemaking highlights these varieties and terroirs which they belong. mono varietals are the spearhead of the Domain with a preference for Grenache grape, if this typically Mediterranean. The work of the vineyards, winemaking and the passion of Lucien highlighted this exceptional bathed by the sun and the north wind, giving powerful wines of exceptional care...



Clos de l'Anhel - Lézignan-Corbières


Clos de l'Anhel

Domaine des Espérances - Lézignan-Corbières

Red Wine Organic Wine

Domaine des 2 Anes consists of 20 hectaires of vines, in amongst a holding of 60 hectares, surrounded by garrigues ( Mediterranean scrub) and pines. Situated in the maritime plain of the Corbieres, between the Mediterranean and the lower hills, our vineyards of Grenache, red and white, Carignan, Mourverdre and Shiraz, stretch down towards the salt lagoons of Bages. Why the 2 Donkeys? We have a soft spot for these adorable animals. They are a bit like us two, stubborn and doing their own thing off the beaten track. Following our own convictions, we have taken a step back from the main stream, and have thus avoided the crisis of conventional wine making in the region...



Château Ventaillole - Ventenac Cabardes

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Domaine Sainte Marie des Pins - Verzeille

Domaine
Sainte Marie
des Pins

Domaine Sainte Marie des Pins - Verzeille

Red Wine White Wine Rosé Organic Wine   

Our area covers an area of twenty-six hectares of vines on September 10. It is located in the foothills of the Corbières midway between Carcassonne and Limoux. The entire area is cultivated in Agriculture Biologique.Nous also have an orchard and a few plots where we collect our fruit to make a variety of jams, figs, arbutus berries, peaches, grapes, etc ... During your visit to this site you will discover: Our products and the products of our neighbors. You can visit our house and discover some of the activities available in our area for your vacation. Organic Farming Our entire area is farmed organically. Organic farming policy is to protect nature and those who live there. We use this as any chemical. Our certified organic fertilizers are animal (or plant). Weeding is done manually and mechanically. Salaries are reduced to a bare minimum (the vine learning to defend herself) and essentially amount to the suffering and minimum doses of copper...


Domaine Les Enfants Sauvages - Fitou

Domaine
Les Enfants Sauvages

Domaine Les Enfants Sauvages - Fitou

Red Wine White Wine Rosé Organic Wine   

Our vineyard is 30 km north of Perpignan, 5 km from the Mediterranean as the crow flies, and 150 m above sea level. All our vineyards are grouped in two plots of land in the midst of natural wild "garrigue" vegetation. This protects us from undesirable influences such as sprayed chemicals and diseas. Instead ourvineyards are surrounded by almond, fig and olive trees and the aromatic herbs so typical of the garrigue - thyme and rosmary. All our vines are head trained in the classic gobelet cultivation style. The vineyards of our terroir are on limestone soil. The total area is 12 hectars, of which 8 are cultivated at present. We pick our grapes by hand and collect them in small baskets to avoid damading the grapes. Our harvest goes straight into our own cellar for immediate processing...


Château Coulon-Veredus - Cruscades

Château
Coulon-Veredus

Château Coulon-Veredus - Cruscades

Red Wine White Wine Rosé Organic Wine

The Fabre family have been producing wine in Languedoc since 1605. Today they cultivate 360ha of vines distributed over 4 châteaux, allowing them to offer a wide variety of wines across several appellations : Château Fabre-Gasparets : AOP Corbières et Corbières Boutenac Château de Luc : AOP Languedoc et Corbières Château Coulon-Veredus : AOP Corbières et IGP Pays d’OC Domaine de la Grande-Courtade : IGP Pays d’Oc et Coteaux d’Enserune Aware of the need to preserve the environment and out of respect for the consumer, Louis Fabre was among one of the first producers to adhere to biological agriculture in subscribing to the BA approach in 1991. Today the Fabre family make up one of the largest vineyards participating in biological agriculture. Their know-how allows them to perfectly master this method of farming and offer their clients quality wines...

 
 
Other Wineries, Producers for "Organic Wine" with links!

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Clos de l'Anhel
Domaine des Balmettes
Domaine de Brau
Château de Caraguilhes
Domaine Cazes
Château St Martin des Champs
Mas Des Clots
Château de Combebelle
Château Coulon-Veredus
Domaine Delmas
 
 
Domaine des Espérances
Domaine de Gabelas
Domaine la Garrigo
Domaine Gauby
Domaine Grand Guilhem
Domaine Des Homs
Domaine Laguerre
Domaine Loupia
Domaine Christian Marie
 
 
Château de Pech-Redon
Château Pech-Latt
Domaine Sainte Marie des Pins
Domaine Olivier Pithon
Domaine de Ricardelle de Lautrec
Domaine Rivaton
Domaine Rouaud
Les Enfants Sauvages
Domaine du Traginer
Château Ventaillole
 
 
 
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