Whether you’re kicking back and enjoying some much-needed downtime or you’re the one holding the fort at work, The Holiday Pack will have any festive occasion covered. We’ve chosen wines that are easy to drink, big on natural flavours and are, of course, from healthy, organically-grown, sustainable vineyards.
When you’ve made a conscious decision to live a more plant-based life, you may also rethink what your drink. The good news is there are plenty of organic vegan-friendly wines to choose from. The bad news is they aren’t always labelled correctly. Here’s what you need to know.
It’s cold and raining on a Sunday morning, coffee’s on, the heater is blasting and you have no intention of getting out of your PJs until after midday. Planning the all important dining menu for the day, you decide it’s the perfect day to have a casserole cooking slowing (who’s in a hurry?) allowing those developing aromas to fill the house as you binge-watch a new series.
Now onto the even more important wine accompaniment for your indulgent winters day. Most of us will instinctively reach for a bottle of a warming red but if you have a thirst for loungeroom wine adventures perhaps it’s time to consider some winter white alternatives.
All wine is natural or organic right? Just sunshine, grapes and yeast? There’s a bit more to it with different farming techniques and winemaking methods. We’ve put together a guide to the terminology we think you need to know for the Organic Wine category. Learn the difference between Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable farming. Find out the difference between certification, in-conversion and practising. Have you heard about about Low Intervention, Vegan-friendly, Preservative Free and Skin Contact wines?
See Saw Wines owners Justin and Pip Jarrett moved to Orange from Young in 1991, and bought their first block of land. Prior to the move they had wanted to grow grapes, but before committing, they also considered growing apples and protea flowers. The plan was to become fully self-employed and create a product which they could add value to; something they could put on the table, have their name behind and tell you all about it. So, they decided to go ahead with vineyards.
In recent times one of the biggest health trends has been ‘Going Vegan’. The trend is only gaining momentum. You only have to scroll through Instagram to see all the colourful and beautifully presented vegetable and grain bowls, clothes and other lifestyle products.
The Vegan Trade Journal reports Australia is the third fastest growing vegan market in the world behind United Arab Emirates and China. It is estimated that one in six Australians are buying plant-based alternatives, regardless of any health issues.
Key take outs:
- Biodynamic is organic!
- Biodynamic is organic farming with additional steps.
What does Organic and Biodynamic Viticulture have in common?
Grapes grown free from chemicals in healthy soils
The grapes for organic and biodynamic wine are grown free from chemical pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers and GMOs. Organic viticulture means working with the natural environment to combat pests to create an ecosystem where flora and fauna can flourish, and healthy vines grow.
We don’t drink Low Intervention wine, sometimes called natural wine, because it’s trendy. We drink and we enjoy low intervention because for us it is the greater expression of the vineyard, the vintage and the art of winemaking.