Organic, natural, and biodynamic wine: 8 wineries where you can taste them

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Organic wine, natural wine, biodynamic wine. But what is the difference between organic and biodynamic wine? What does natural wine mean?

In this article, we will explore the distinctions and suggest 8 wineries where you can taste environmentally friendly wines.

Have you ever wondered why there is so much focus on organic? In recent times, ecological and environmental sustainability issues have become highly relevant.

This is because more and more people desire products that respect the environment and safeguard consumer health. Additionally, the wine industry is constantly seeking new trends and production methods to offer high-quality products.

The sustainability of organic wine

Organic wine

When we talk about organic wine, we mean wine made from grapes that are cultivated using organic farming methods.

Specifically, no chemical products such as pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers are used in the vineyard. Only natural methods are employed. In the winery, the use of sulfites, chemical additives with a preservative function, is also minimized.

The Philosophy of Biodynamic Wine

Biodynamic agriculture, on the other hand, places special emphasis on the astrological influences on plants and soils, aiming to recreate the right interconnection between them.

For the care of plants and soil, biodynamic products are used, which are organic compounds that stimulate and enhance natural processes and substances already present. Moreover, great importance is attributed to the calendar and lunar phases, so pruning, grape harvesting, and other production processes are strictly dependent on them.

A Journey Through Natural Wines

Natural wines are those made from grapes grown using organic or biodynamic farming methods. They differ from organic and biodynamic wines because they do not involve the addition of any chemical additives or processing aids during fermentation, maturation, and aging.

The only partial exception is sulfites, which are further reduced to a maximum of 40 mg/l for any type of wine.

In conclusion, it can be said that an organic wine is not a biodynamic wine, and vice versa; a biodynamic wine is not necessarily a natural wine, just as an organic wine is not necessarily natural.

What is certain is that being a producer of biodynamic, organic, and natural wines requires a strong passion for nature and the surrounding environment. These wines best express the characteristics of the land and the vines from which they originate.

Let’s explore the 8 wineries where you can taste environmentally friendly products.

1. Francesco Cirelli 

Francesco Cirelli

The first winery we’d like to recommend is Collina Biologica by Francesco Cirelli. It’s a project led by an Abruzzese, Francesco, who brings the wines of the region to the world, certified as organic, telling the story of the Abruzzo lands.

We’re talking about a certified organic estate located in Teramo. Here, nature sets the rules, and it’s the guiding principle in all their activities. The farm includes olive groves, vineyards, and animal husbandry. Crop rotation, soil rest, and free-range animal grazing are also practiced.

Francesco Cirelli, even as a child, helped his grandfather in the family farm. Even today, just like when he was a child, while making wine, he imagines preparing a magical potion that can make people laugh and feel good in each other’s company.

Experience this magic up close and visit the winery by booking a tasting.

2. Tenuta San Marcello

tenuta san marcello organic wine

As the second winery, we recommend Tenuta San Marcello. Their story began in 2007 when Massimo and Pascale decided to disrupt their Milanese routine and move to San Marcello, a small town in the Marche hinterland, to pursue a dream: an agritourism with hospitality, a winery, and a kitchen.

Theirs is a small production, not exceeding 20,000 bottles, and it embodies the values of sustainable agriculture. They do not use herbicides and chemical fertilizers. The winemaking process relies on traditional, environmentally friendly methods.

Come and get to know the producers up close and taste their wines.

3. Massimago

massimago organic wine

If you ever find yourself in the Valpolicella region, you must make a stop at Massimago.

The winery is located in the Mezzane Valley and has been producing high-quality organic wines like Amarone and Valpolicella Ripasso DOC since 1883.

Today, this estate combines the passion for wine from its organic cellar with a deep love for the surrounding territory, which they highlight through their hospitality and experiences.

Come and get to know this establishment up close and discover their offerings here.

4. Caruso e Minini

caruso e minini organic wine

Let’s head south to an estate in the far-western part of Sicily, precisely in Marsala, at Caruso e Minini. Here, the stories of two families intertwine, blending tradition and expertise.

In every one of their labels, you’ll find a flower from their organic fields, symbolizing the eco-sustainability they believe in.

They produce two whites, Catarratto and Grillo, and two reds, Nero d’Avola and Perricone. Four very different wines, but with a common note: a fresh and elegant style.

Book a tasting to experience their organic reality firsthand.

5. Baglio di Pianetto

baglio di pianetto organic wine

We remain in Sicily to introduce you to another wonderful organic reality, Baglio di Pianetto.

Baglio di Pianetto is a Sicilian company that operates according to the principles of eco-sustainability. Here, you will find organic management of vineyards and olive groves, a third-generation photovoltaic system for renewable energy production, and efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. It’s a green company committed to combining quality in the bottle with respect for the environment.

Since 2016, all the grapes produced by the company have been organically certified.

Discover all their winery tasting experiences here.

6. Col del Lupo

col del lupo organic wine

Among the hills of Valdobbiadene, you definitely shouldn’t miss out on the Col del Lupo winery.

They’ve been in the process of converting to organic farming since 2018. This means that in the vineyard, the fight against natural vine adversities is conducted with as little invasive action as possible, in compliance with organic protocols and by integrating and stimulating the vines’ natural defenses using products like seaweed, zeolite (micronized volcanic rock), and other natural substances.

In addition, since 2010, Col del Lupo has been using renewable energy derived from its own photovoltaic system and a provider that sources 100% of its energy from renewable sources.

Come and discover all their tasting experiences.

7. Fattoria Castellina

Let’s head down to Tuscany to discover the marvelousFattoria Castellina. It’s a place immersed in the Tuscan nature that produces wines using biodynamic methods.

The wines produced through this approach are Chianti Montalbano D.O.C.G. and Rosso Toscano I.G.T., which are the exact expression of the territory.

Fattoria Castellina is also committed to the recovery of native olive varieties historically rooted in the area, such as Frantoio, Moraiolo, Leccino, Mignola, and Pendolino.

Book a tasting of these biodynamic Tuscan wines now.

8. Azienda Agricola Toscani

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Last but certainly not least, let us introduce you to the Toscani farm, located in a small village on the Tuscan coast north of Bolgheri.

The winery boasts a beautiful amphitheater-like vineyard of approximately 12 hectares, with stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. You can read more about the winery here.

The wines are organically closed-loop from the start, with no use of herbicides or chemically derived fertilizers. In the winery, just like in the vineyard, there’s a focus on biodiversity, a challenging and exciting endeavor.

Discover the farm and its wines by booking a winery tasting.

If you want to explore all the winery experiences, don’t forget to check out our portal Divinea.com.

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