The Best Organic Wines on the Market Right Now

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Organic wine is both delicious and better for the environment.

Organic food has been an important part of many people’s lives for decades, but for a lot of us that designation is not as important when thinking about the wine that we drink. However, there’s a whole world of organic wine out there, including certified organic wine and wine that is made from organically grown grapes. Certified organic is the more strictly defined category for those looking for something that really adheres to this philosophy. Here in the U.S., it means that the wine was made from grapes that were grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides, and no sulfites have been added to the wine (there are naturally occurring sulfites from fermentation, however).

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Proponents of organic wine argue that it is better for you, and the environment, because the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides can have a negative impact on your body and the entire ecosystem of the vineyards where the grapes are grown. While organic wine certification varies from country to country, the basic guidelines are often quite similar. And there are some wine producers that, while not certified, are truly making organic wine that fits the definition. You certainly don’t have to switch entirely to drinking organic wine, but why not incorporate it into your collection? Here are 12 bottles to try now.

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Bonterra Vineyards Elysian Collection Merlot

Courtesy Bonterra Organic Vineyards

The image of a sheep on this bottle of Merlot from Bonterra Vineyards is a reference to the animals that roam the organically farmed land during the winter to help fertilize the soil and control the cover crops. The palate of this wine is full of stone fruit and a touch of smoke, with a bit of minerality underneath the rich, bold flavors. $25 

Cadelvento Lambrusco Spumante DOP

Courtesy Venturini Baldini

Venturini Baldini is an organic winery located in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy that has been making Lambrusco and other sparkling wines since 1976. It also produces highly regarded balsamic vinegar. Cadelvento Lambrusco Spumante DOP is a brut rosato that is bright and dry with nice notes of peach and citrus. $22

Mas Martinet Clos Martinet 2017

Courtesy Mas Martinet

Spanish winery Mas Martinet, located in the Priorat region of Catalonia, has been certified organic since 2009. This wine is a blend made up primarily of Grenache grapes, and the wine was aged in a variety of materials including concrete, demijohns, and Austrian oak barrels. Expect some soft tannic notes, along with sweet flower and fruit flavors. $90

M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2017

Courtesy M. Chapoutier

The cryptic symbol on this bottle is actually the alchemical symbol for spirit, which represents winemaker Michel Chapoutier’s endeavor to respect and highlight the land that the wine comes from. M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2017 is made from 100 percent Viognier grapes grown in the Collines Rhodaniennes region of the Rhone Valley, and brings a combination of sweet and savory notes to the palate. $30

Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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New Zealand is well regarded for its Sauvignon Blanc, and Dog Point Vineyard’s 2019 vintage is a fine example of why this is so. The winery is located in the Marlborough region, and it’s one of the largest certified organic producers in the country. Juicy citrus notes combine with a light salinity to make this a great summer sipper. $25 

Petrolo Torrione 2017

Courtesy Torrione

Tuscan winery Petrolo has had EU organic certification since 2016, something the winemakers take great pride in. This wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, and is matured for 15 months, bringing a complexity to the palate that is not too heavy with soft notes of raisin and ripe blueberries. $35

Mionetto Prosecco DOC Organic Extra Dry

Courtesy Mionetto

Mionetto is a well-known and readily available Prosecco producer, with a range that includes several different styles including the Organic Extra Dry. The wine is made using organic grapes that are kept separate during vinification. The flavor is bright with fine bubbles, and a bit of tropical fruit and crisp apple on the palate. $14

Long Meadow Ranch 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Long Meadow Ranch practices farming techniques that are certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers foundation. This 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon was made from grapes grown at the winery’s Mayacamas and Rutherford estates, and aged for 18 months in French oak. Expect notes of fresh black cherry, plum, and even some green tea, according to winemaker Justin Carr. $55

2017 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Courtesy Larkmead

Larkmead is located in Napa Valley, producing a wide variety of different wines made from organically grown grapes (although they are not certified as such). The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is infused with plum and leather on the nose and berry, tannins, and herbal notes on the palate. According to the winemaker, while this wine drinks wonderfully right now, it will also reveal a great deal of character after a couple of years in the bottle. $135

Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2013 Brut

Courtesy Roederer Estate

This sparkling wine from California’s Anderson Valley is both organic and biodynamic. Roederer Estate is owned by famed champagne maker Louis Roederer, and the quality shows in this 2013 vintage. It’s a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir made using traditional French methods. According to the tasting notes, fine bubbles and a creamy finish are laced with notes of quince jelly and hazelnut. $50

2017 Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon

Courtesy Ehlers Estate

In 2008, Ehlers Estate gained its organic certification in California. The 2017 is the most recent vintage of the winery’s 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is named after the year that Bernard Ehlers built the stone barn that remains standing today. The tasting notes for this wine include enticing flavors and aromas like cassis, wild blackberries, licorice, and tobacco leaf. $125

Alma Rosa 2017 El Jabali Pinot Noir

Courtesy Alma Rose Winery

This wine from Alma Rosa was harvested from its El Jabali estate, the first organic certified vineyard in California's Santa Barbara County. The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak, adding complex tannic notes to the fresh berry, white pepper, and roasted coffee bean flavors of the palate. Look for a 2018 vintage that should be released this year as well. $65