Find out what makes organic wine a popular choice for many consumers.

As vineyards grow across the U.S., so does the wine industry, which includes organic wine – one of the fastest growing categories of wine around the world.

In fact, the global organic wine industry has experienced a particularly significant expansion over the past 10 years. Experts say the rising number of organic vineyards is a key driver of the market, along with more consumer demand for organic wine. It’s no surprise that organic wine farming and organic winemaking are growing across the U.S, too, factoring into the worldwide trend.

What’s the appeal? Many consumers, especially millennials, are embracing organics, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made it easy and clear to determine what constitutes a certified organic wine – in other words, consumers have a better idea of what they’re drinking when they choose organic wine.

Before wine can be sold as organic, both the growing of the grapes and their conversion to wine must be certified. As a result, certified organic wines contain grapes grown without synthetic fertilizers and in a manner that protects the environment and preserves the soil. Any other agricultural ingredients, such as yeast, that go into the wine must also be certified organic. Any non-agricultural ingredients must be allowed on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, and they cannot exceed 5 percent of the total product. Finally, although wine naturally produces some sulfur dioxide (sulfites), they cannot be added to organic wine.

The Benefits of Organic Wine

Organic wine benefits also factor into their popularity. For example, organic wines may contain less sugar than conventional wines because some conventional winemakers add additional sugar to their wines, which adds calories to the product. Plus, conventional wines can contain up to 70 added ingredients – unnatural yeasts, preservatives, food dyes, residual pesticides, just to name a few – and many feel that organic wines are a healthier choice.

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