Organic Wine – What Different Labels Mean

When wanting to enjoy wine in its finest state, it is essential that you taste organic wine.

Created from grapes whose growth is excluded of artificial chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and other harmful elements, organic wine boasts a long list of benefits and tastes that one would not otherwise be able to enjoy with non-organic wine.

However, when we say organic wine, what exactly do we mean?

To help you understand, Montemaggio lists some of the terms you may have noticed on organic wine bottles.

Understanding Organic Wine Labels

100% Organic

This means that all ingredients used to create this wine are free from pesticides and herbicides that are barred by the National Organic Program. However, in many cases, this does not mean that the wine is sulfite free. Sulfites are added to wine to preserve it, so this leeway may allow the makers to not add the word sulfites on the label.


This term means that 95% of the ingredients that are used to create that wine are organic and thus, do not use any sulfites.

Since the wines made at Montemaggio are organic, we assure customers that our wines are free from all elements that may be deemed harmful. That contains sulfites among other factors.

Made with Organic Grapes

In this case, the wine is made with ingredients that are 70% organic. Now, this allows the winemakers to add sulfites, but that can only go to a total of 100 parts per million and not more. In many instances of wine made in America, organic grapes wine do not carry the USDA Organic seal that assures drinkers that their wine is approved by the department of Agriculture.


Biodynamic wines mean that the person who grew the crops followed proper organic principles, and focused on the nourishment of these grapes and soil using manure, crop rotation, natural pest control and lunar planting. This is all done without the use of external elements.

Certified by the Demeter Association, the guidelines offered by this international non-profit coalition allow the manufacturer to produce a better flavor.

Salmon Safe

salmon-safeThis is another label that you may have seen on other bottles of organic wine. Now, it must be noted that all salmon-safe wines are not organic, so you may need to consider this factor before buying a bottle. In this case, growers protect the wild salmon habitats through different measures such as native tree buffers and cover crops.

While these types of wines are available, it is still recommended that wine lovers only look towards organic (sulfite-free) wine if they want the real deal.

If you want to buy organic wine and taste the best flavors that this elixir has to offer, come by the Montemaggio vineyards and try out each of these wines to gain deeper insight into the quality and taste of the element of ‘organic’.

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