Every day we can find the word “organic” on all sorts of products, from food and drinks to clothes and furniture. Organic is rapidly being consumed all over, and therefore world demand increases through different aspects of everyday life. In this same direction Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery already has a range of wines, which comprises four varieties produced with organically grown grapes… but what is so special about organic products? Why more and more people want to “be organic”?
There are three types of benefits in organic products: health, quality and environment related. In our organic wines, the health benefits come from the fact that the fruit is farmed and harvested entirely without the use of man-made chemicals, whether in the form of fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides or fungicides. Wines produced with traditional agriculture, on the other hand, are grown with grapes that are usually heavily sprayed with artificial compounds. Because the grapes are cleaner and hand picked (which allow only the ripest and healthiest to be used in the wine production) organic wines have a more natural, fresh and bolder taste. Also, because the grapes are grown without the use of chemicals, the organic wine vineyard have lesser yield, which acts in favour of the taste, as the grapes have more concentration of flavour: this is one of the reasons why most consumers affirm that organic products are more wholesome and rich.
Healthy grapes mean less manipulation, which therefore leads to a better, more authentic wine, mainly because of the authenticity of the earth the fruit comes from. Chemical residue from pesticides and others sprayed on the fruit used to produce traditional wines usually gests absorbed by the soil, and are in turn absorbed by the plants again via roots. Being organic also means avoiding this. The cleanliness favours the terroir’s authenticity and purity, and therefore the wine’s regional character: organic wine can be seen as a return to the terroir’s origin, as the soil is an essential aspect of regionality, cultural heritage and local characteristics.
Apart from the traditional health benefits of wine, which include good cardiac health, regulation of blood pressure, better metabolism, and warmth and immunity, the most obvious added effect of consuming organic wine is that it keeps you safe from long term effects of possibly harmful chemicals. But there’s actually a genuine difference between the nutrient content of organic products and conventional ones: organic fruit contains significantly more vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and considerably less nitrates than conventional crops, together with a higher content of nutritionally significant minerals with lower amounts of some heavy metals. On the other hand, research has shown that grapes sprayed with fungicides commonly used on conventional vineyards have 80% less resverotrol, a compound found in red grapes which has shown to be beneficial to health by lowering cholesterol and preventing cell oxidation, an important process in the prevention of cancer.
No headaches and hangovers seem to be another benefit from organic wines. Some people strongly believe that headaches and allergies from regular wines are due to the amount of chemical compounds used in the growing process of the grapes, and to a certain extent, to an abusive use of sulphites. Of course, this applies when wine is drunk with moderation!
Finally, the environmental profits of organic agriculture are very clear: not using man-made chemicals means cleaner and healthier surroundings. Organic farming also promotes biodiversity and allows other plants to grow in and around the vineyards, together with the benefitial presence of insects, animals and natural predators.