Wine is the perfect indulgent treat: it’s relaxing and delicious.
Did you know that you can even drink organic wines! Organic wines mean that the grapes are grown organically. They are not touched by chemical or artificial fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides or growth hormones. Organic wines are not genetically modified, and only natural products can be used to fertilise the plants and protect the grapes against insects and disease. These are our top picks for Italian organic wines!
2007 Arzimo from La Cappuccina
This is the ultimate organic dessert wine. The organic Garganega grapes are hand picked, and then placed in single layers in wooden crates where they are died and stored for 3-4 months. The grapes are then fermented and aged up oak barrels for around 14 months. The wine then rests in the bottle for a year before it’s sold. It has flavours of honey, apricot and peach, and tastes sweet without being sickly, and is 14% alcohol.
2009 Chianti Classico from Quarciabella
This winery does not use any artificial manipulation of the wines during any part of the production process. It also ensures that any part of the process using products derived from animals is cruelty free, so all of their organic wines are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Not only organic, these wines are biodynamic. It uses Cabernet Sangiovese and Sauvignon grapes that are hand picked, and then crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Once the they have fermented, the wines are placed in French oak barrels for 14 months in order to age. The wine then rests in the bottles for 3 months before it is sold. This Chianti is medium bodied, has flavours of cherry and plum and light pang of acidity.
2011 Porer Pinot Grigio form Alois Lageder
This is one of the only a handful of single vineyard Pinot Grigios produced in Italy. It is rich and luxurious with a full flavour of fresh citrus fruits. It is delightfully acidic, and also produced biodynamically. The Pinot Grigio grapes for this wine are picked in the late summer. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, and then spends 6 months resting in the bottle before it is sold. It’s great as an aperitif before dinner, or goes very well with strongly flavoured chicken or fish dishes.
2007 Bric Balin Barbaresca for Moccagata
In this vineyard, they use organic manure from cattle that are not fed concentrated food. They promote the natural growth of grass between the rows of grapes, and when this grass is moved it is left on the ground to form a natural compost (this is something that you can even do in your own garden at home!). The estate has 3 vineyards that each have different types of soil, in order to produce wines with deliciously different characteristics.
This wine is produced using Nebbiolo grapes harvested in late September, and they are then crushed and fermented in stainless steel taks. The wine is then ages for 18 months in a combination of new and used oak barrels, so as not to impart too much of an oaky flavour on the wine. The organic wines rests in the bottle for 9 months before it is sold and has a sharp flavour that is sure to impress.
Giol Prosecco from San Polo di Piave
This family estate has been producing wines since 1427 in the Veneto region of Italy. . This Prosecco is clean and uplifting with just the right about of fizz. It is pale yellow in colour and you can tastes top notes of apple, white peach and biscuit over it’s yeasty base. It is extra dry, but has enough acidity to balance it out so that it only has a very slight hint of sweetness. And of course, this wine is all organic.
2004 Chianti Classico Riserva from Il Molino de Grace
This winery is situated near the Panzano area of Chianti. The Chianti Classico is made from Sangiovese grapes which are harvested by hand in Early october. It is ages for 11 months between stailess steel tanks, Salvonion oak casks and French barriques, and is extra dry. The wine has strong aromas of black raspberries and cherries, cedar, violet flowers and fresh earth. It is quite a heavy wine of the Riserva variety. This means it’s perfect served with strong flavours like spaghetti bolognese or salami toscana.