Organic wine

Sicilian Organic Wine

“Organic” is a term that we read more and more often today when it comes to wine.
What does it mean exactly?
Why is it important for a wine to be organic?
What is the added value of an organic wine? … these are all questions that each of us will have asked himself at least once.

Nowadays a wine can be defined as organic when it comes from organic grapes, that is cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals (fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, pesticides in general) and genetically modified organisms and when in the cellar it is carried out winemaking using only the oenological processes and products authorized by the specific regulation (e.g. the number of adjuvant substances used in winemaking that an organic producer can use is about half that of a conventional producer).
A winery that produces organic wine can indicate this on the label (today there is also a European logo), but, of course, it first needs a declaration of conformity from a certifying body (in Italy there are several). The latter verifies that the rules for the production of organic wine are respected, that is, to say it more specifically, that the rules contained in the European Commission Regulation No. 203/2012 are applied.

But, going beyond the aspects relating to regulations and controls, what does it mean today to drink an organic wine?
First of all, it means introducing something healthy into our body that has not been contaminated with synthetic chemicals and does not come from excessive manipulation in the cellar. It is a basic element, given that our health, a precious and irreplaceable asset, must always be put first.
And it does not end here … An organic wine is even better because the vines grown without the use of chemicals can better express their potential and give high quality grapes rich in aromas that well represent the vine and the territory.
The same principle applies in the cellar, where vinifications that follow certain rules allow the raw material to express itself at its best.
Cultivating the vineyard organically is more complex and laborious, there are no shortcuts (chemistry in the end is, even if it then leads to a dead end …..), but you follow the plants in their vegetative cycle, trying to understand better and better what agricultural practices are giving the desired results. A more demanding job, therefore, which however also triggers a virtuous circle that ensures that the vines give better grapes from which we obtain, as already mentioned, wines that are not only healthier, but also better than those obtained with cultivation and winemaking methods ” conventional “.
Nowadays an increasing number of wineries adhere to organic, making an appropriate conversion process at the end of which it is possible to obtain certification. We believe that, however, beyond everything, the most important thing is to believe in organic as it has always been in our company, where certification has come as a natural consequence of what we do. After all, we had always worked in this way because we have a deep respect for our land and for the products it gives us.