The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Wines 2024 — The Honest Consumer

If the wine is grown and made organically, the presence of toxic chemicals is also reduced or eliminated, which is not only better for your health, but that of workers and surrounding communities who would otherwise be exposed to these. 

Since sulfites are usually absent or reduced in organic wine, it can be better for you if you have a sensitivity to sulfites.

However, sustainable wine is not necessarily organic and vice versa and conventional wines can still provide some of the same health benefits.

The key to healthy wine is ultimately, drinking in moderation.

How to Find Sustainable Wine

The consumer cannot be left out of the equation, since the wine we choose to consume (and how much of it) can impact the environment and our health. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for sustainable wine.

Sustainable Wine Third-party Certifications

These wine certifications are in place for the wine industry to assess farming and winemaking practices, as well as how they fit into the community. A few certification examples include the following.

While certification can be a plus, you do not have to live and die by this rule.

Many smaller winegrowers grow their grapes organically because they’ve been doing so for years but don’t have certification because the process can be expensive and create a lot of paperwork for small family owned farms.

Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask about a a vineyards social responsibility, environmental stewardship, sustainable wine growing practices, conservation of natural resources, sustainable farming practices, and any other practices that you value.

Shop Local Wines

This is where you need to consider the carbon footprint of transportation.

Avoid bottles transported by air and choose wine that’s traveled the shortest distance.

If you live on the West Coast support your local wineries and purchase their wines.

If you don’t live near wineries consider choosing a bottle of wine that has traveled the shortest distance you can find. 

Beware of Greenwashing

Especially when it comes to the term natural wine, which is not properly defined or regulated.

Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask about a brands eco-friendly farming practices.

Brands that truly care about the greater good will likely have some practices in place, be proud to share them with you, and be grateful you took the time to ask.

8 Sustainable Wine Brands to Try 

If you’re ready to drink some sustainable wine here are a few great brands to try!

Along with these brands there are also a few wine clubs that focus on sustainable wines including Winc, Organic Wine Exchange, and Dry Farm Wines.

Bonterra’s Certified Climate Neutral Wine

Organically and biodynamically farmed, Bonterra is a California wine that is GMO-free, low-sulfite, and Climate Neutral® Certified.

Their regenerative farming practices include the use of a closed-loop system that incorporates on-farm solutions such as composting and animal grazing.

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