5 organic red wines you can’t miss

As you’ve already noticed, words like organic wine, ecological wine or biological wine are becoming more frequent in most wine-making magazines and articles. This may come to be interpreted as a product of modernization in agriculture of the century, but the fact is that it is a growing and processing system much older than we imagine.

In some cases, these processes have become extended to a philosophy of life and productivity. In today’s article we want to focus a little more on everything surrounding the cultivation and processing of organic wines, as well as recommending 5 of our favourite wines of this type.

vinos-organicos5 organic wines you cannot miss! Image by Nick Harris (CC BY-ND 2.0)

But before we begin with our recommendations, it is worth making clear what is meant by organic wine (or biological or ecological, whichever you prefer to call it).

An organic wine is one made from grapes grown and harvested in accordance with the current legislation on organic farming. In Spain, as in the rest of the European Union, this regulation is established in Brussels and refers to the use of pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers allowed in cultivation.

Also, to have ecological wine certification, the process must also follow certain criteria during the wine making phase: some types of technology are forbidden, and the use of non-native yeast during fermentation. Permitted levels of sulfur are also limited.

As a result we get, healthier, and ultimately more engaged wines at all levels which are much more respectful of the soil and the environment.

Would you like to discover some good organic wines? Here are five recommendations that you cannot miss:

Arzuaga Ecológico Crianza 2010. A magnificent 100% Tempranillo from Bodegas Arzuaga. Absolute quality assurance. Cultivated according to the principles of organic farming without using any herbicides. Fine, rich, attractive. One of the great organic wines of our country.

Loxarel 790 2008Bodegas Loxarel is not just one of the great wineries of reference in organic wines from Penedes, but also highlights the application of biodynamic guidelines throughout the process. This 790 2008 (790 refers to the days that elapsed from harvesting to bottling) gives us a very varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, elegant and fresh. Absolutely recommended.

Dido “La Universal” 2013. We traveled to Montsant to highlight the good work in vineyard and cellar of Sara Perez and Rene Barbier. A very fruity, fresh and mineral red wine that should not be missed.

Viña Zaco Ecológico 2011. With more than 150 years of history, Bodegas Bilbaínas gives a new twist to the traditional and less interventionist wine-growing  presenting this Zaco 2011. An ecological 100% tempranillo, round, fruity and enveloping.

Honoro Vera Organic 2014. And we finish our particular trip in Jumilla, because it is time to present Honoro Vera Organic 2014. One of the latest organic wines to hit the market, it also promises great sensations. A very good Monastrell. Fresh, pleasant and easy to drink.

What are you waiting for? You’ll love these recommendations!

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