In celebration of Earth Day check out the local listings for events in your area to show support for the health of our environment.
Many winemakers make their wines from grapes that have been grown using practices that preserve, protect and enhance the environment. I’d like to share a little information on how winemakers are doing their part.
There is a difference between organic grapes and organic wines. Simply, organic grapes are grown without the use of artificial chemicals.
Organic wines are produced without the use of artificial chemicals both in the growing of the grapes and in the production process. The winery must maintain these practices in the vineyard and the winery and follow strict guidelines and time requirements (it takes years for the vines and production facility to be chemical free) in order for the winery to earn the privilege to label its wine as organic.
In order for a vineyard to be certified organic as noted above there must be no artificial chemicals used and there should be no use of fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. The winery must maintain a specific distance from conventional farms nearby and the facility’s ingredient storage, among other areas of the winery, are inspected by the responsible agencies (of which there are quite a few).
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and several other agencies, are responsible for insuring the organic growers are complying with the requirements in order to receive organic certification.
Celebrate April in honor of Earth Day by doing something to protect the environment. Recycle, reuse and repurpose something to keep if from the landfill.