Today is Earth Day, a day to bring the focus on organic and biodynamic wines to the forefront. While we don’t need Earth Day to remind us to drink responsibly, it is a great opportunity to recognize the producers that have made it their mission to protect the Earth and produce wines that are representative of high-quality vineyards, soils and fruit.
More and more producers around the world are making a commitment to producing sustainable wines. These wines limit their impact on the environment and the planet. Wineries are focusing on reducing chemicals in the vineyard, conserving energy, limiting the use of pesticides, preserving water and minimizing their carbon footprint.
These six producers have made impactful changes in their farming and business practices to protect the earth and the environment. Let’s raise a glass of wine to these six dynamic producers who have made a pledge to protect our planet now and for future generations with these exceptional wines.
Dow’s 20-Year-Old Tawny Port (SRP $67)
As a fifth-generation family company producing Port wines celebrated the world over, Symington Family Estates makes preserving our earth for the next generation a company-wide mission every day of the year. The ability to continuously produce wine for the next 100 years is dependent on a stable climate and a healthy ecosystem; their future relies on the strength and resilience of local communities, employees and farmers. This Earth Day, take time to sip with our planet in mind and enjoy Dow’s 20-Year-Old Tawny Port.
Champagne Lanson Le Green Label Organic (SRP $75)
Inspired by nature, Lanson has created Le Green Label Organic from its vineyard located in the villages of Verneuil & Vandières. The 16 hectares of the Domaine de la Malmaison are cultivated organically and biodynamically
with the greatest respect for plants and soils. Le Green Label is the only Champagne to have all three organic certification labels.
Veramonte Carmenere 2021 (SRP $14)
Veramonte follows organic practices throughout their estate and has recently partnered with the non-profit organization, Kiss the Ground @kisstheground. Kiss the Ground was created to focus efforts on healthy soils and create a symbiotic relationship with the earth. The organization promotes Regenerative Agriculture, which goes hand in hand with what Veramonte has been practicing for years in their vineyards. Together Veramonte and Kiss the Ground hope to promote Regenerative Agriculture and will donate to the cause for every bottle of Veramonte sold.
Yalumba Organic Viognier 2021 (SRP $22)
Sustainability is integral to the success of Yalumba. Generation after generation, they continually strive to reduce their impact on the environment and make great wine with minimal intervention. They are committed to sustainable practices with the belief that healthier vines create better wines. This certified organic Viognier was made without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides in the vineyard.
Domaine Bousquet Gaia Cabernet Franc 2018 (SRP $20)
GAIA, the Greek goddess of Earth, has been the Bousquet family’s inspiration since the winery was founded in 1997. They pioneered and cleared virgin land in the high reaches of Tupungato’s Gualtallary district. From the start, the Gaia wines have been crafted with a French winemaking sensibility and made from 100% organic fruit grown at a cool 1,200-m/4,000-ft altitude.
Loimer Langenlois Kamptal Grüner Veltliner 2020 (SRP $24)
Fred Loimer began practicing biodynamics in 2006 and is a founding member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria. His wines are among the very best examples of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling in the Kamptal. In 2002, he was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Austria’s Falstaff wine magazine.