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Organic Wines are made from grapes grown without using synthetic chemical sprays or fertilisers and unlike organic food, you shouldn’t have to pay extra.

The quality and choice of organic wines have improved tremendously in recent years. No longer is it necessary to make allowances for the wine’s deficiencies just because it is organic.  So what has changed?

  • Firstly, there is a growing demand from consumers wanting wines made from organic grapes that are good quality and reasonable priced.
  • Secondly, in the key producing countries many more producers have converted their vineyards and winemaking practices to be organic.
  • Thirdly, retailers are placing organic wines alongside non organic wines exposing them to a much wider public.

At TheWinePlace.es there are always organic or biodynamic (that’s a subject for another blog) wines available.  The wines go through the same rigorous tasting selection procedure so are chosen on merit. In the current selection you can find the Emiliana Adobe Gewürztraminer.

Without doubt Bodegas Emiliana, Valle de Rapel Chile, is one of the best organic estates in Latin America.  Producing a diverse range of varietals and styles.

The Guilisati brothers, Rafael and José, were visionaries in the late 1990s when they saw that the market was beginning to change and that consumers worldwide were becoming more aware of the products they were consuming, not only for health reasons, but also with respect to their social and environmental impacts.

Together with winemaker Alvaro Espinoza they converted a conventional Chilean winery into one that was 100% organic and biodynamic with the firm objective of creating wines of the highest quality with great respect for nature.

Synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are replaced by natural products of biological origin. Compost, for example, is produced from grape leaves, stalks, and stems, residual plant matter, and animal manure. Weeds are controlled mechanically and with animals that graze in the vineyards (alpacas, geese, and horses), and fertilization is achieved by planting grasses and plants that contribute nitrogen to the soil.

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I am a Northern Irishman based in Valencia. My career in wine began more than three decades ago, in London. I am the founder of TheWinePlace.es, an online store, where wine enthusiasts can enjoy a selection of international wines and Verde Marte, a company dedicated to exporting Spanish wines. Also, Thewineplace.courses, an "approved program provider" of the courses of the prestigious WSET. I share my passion for wines through my media work writing weekly columns for the Spanish newspaper El Mundo and 5 Barricas, an online wine magazine.

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