Why would I choose and buy an Organic Prosecco or even more generally an organic wine instead of a conventional (non-organic) one?
You might be wondering. Well, there are several valid reasons to do so.
First, you have to ask yourself: “why is organic Prosecco better?”
1- Is buying an organic wine better for the environment?
Organic farming follows simple environmentally-friendly rules:
- Do not use pesticides
- Do not use herbicides
- Do not use chemical fertilizers
Replacing the use of chemical substances with alternative techniques (one example with this article: let’s stop using pesticides by increasing the number of insects in vineyard) leads to a lesser impact on the environment, allowing more natural biodiversity, and also preventing groundwater pollution.
At the moment, in the Italian regions of Veneto and Friuli, about 13,500 different growers cultivate 23,000 hectares (57K acres) of Glera (the grape variety Prosecco wine is made from).
However, only a proportion of these vineyards are certificated organic. In the Veneto region, 5% of the total vineyard surface area is certified organic, and it’s even less than 3% in the Friuli region.
That means that huge amounts of pesticides and herbicides are spread every day on vineyards, consequently affecting the environment.
By choosing an organic Prosecco, you are actively encouraging the wine production industry to shift from conventional farming to more sustainable agricultural practices.
2- Is it better for your health?
Pesticides and herbicides can be absorbed by plant roots and leaves, they then pass through the grapes, making their way to your glass.
Did you know that people who consume products that came from organic farming had 89% less pesticides in their urine compared to whom who consume conventionally grown products?
In order to verify the total absence of synthetic substances, organic Prosecco is officially tested by the authorities before it is brought to market.
Good for the environment, and also better for you!
3- Is there less sulfites in Organic Prosecco wine?
The short answer is YES.
Sulfites are probably one of the most discussed topics in the wine industry. They can cause allergic reactions or migraine to sensitive people, and there are often blamed for affecting the taste of wines, overpowering the natural flavors of the grapes.
Like other wines, organic Prosecco generally contains sulfites.
However, European legislation sets the limit to 150 mg/l (ppm) for organic white wines while 200mg/l are allowed in conventional non-organic wines.
This is good news if you like Prosecco but don’t like a Prosecco wine with too high a level of sulfites.
4- Does Organic taste better?
Well, it seems to be the case.
A study conducted by the University of California shows that organic wines scored an average of 4.1 point (out of 100) higher than the conventional ones.
According to Corvezzo winery’s Giovanni Corvezzo, owner of Corvezzo Winery’s 150 ha (370 acres) of organic vineyard in northern Italy, his organic Prosecco’s vineyard is getting stronger every year.
Because organic grapes are more exposed to the natural environment, it seems their skin becomes thicker as a natural protective defense. Because the grape’s skin is where most of a Prosecco wine’s body and aroma comes from, this thicker organically-grown skin makes for more balanced, fruity and persistent Proseccos.
So, there you have it!
There are some excellent conventional Prosecco wines out there. But we at Corvezzo Winery believe that Organic Prosecco is simply better, better for you, and better for the environment.
This is why not only do we produce only organic grapes, but our winery has a photovoltaic plant that provides all the energy needed for the production, another step towards an ever more sustainable wine production.
This guest Post was written by Corvezzo Winery exclusively for Social Vignerons.
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