What Are Green Wines
Ethical (or Green wines), perhaps once unheard of, are becoming more and more available within an ever changing market. The grapes used are cultivated without pesticides, fungicides and fertilisers. As a result, the product is grown in an all-natural soil, complete with worms and bacteria! As the vines are grown organically, minus chemical interference, they are able to fully draw on the earth’s minerals and build up a true resistance to disease, creating a healthy plant for years to come.
Spotting Ethical Wine
A truly organic wine must be labeled to show that it has been inspected by a number of governing bodies, such as the Soil Association of England and the CCOF in California. Standards are maintained with spot checks to ensure true organic quality.
What’s the case for Organic Wine
It has been said that organic wines do not necessarily taste better and you are likely to pay more for the product as it is costlier for a vineyard to be run minus the use of chemicals. However, you would certainly be supporting our environment by going organic, and with a bit of investigation you can find a wine of great taste, high quality and do your bit for planet Earth!
When looking at Fairtrade wines, it has to be considered that some of the conditions of those involved in the processes of creating the product have a distance to go. Workers in countries such as South Africa and Argentina still receive a low wage, however as Fairtrade conditions are constantly being reviewed, perhaps we can hope that one day soon we will be able to enjoy a product in which all involved have received fair treatment and a decent wage for the work put into it.
What About Non Fairtrade Wines
We also need to acknowledge here that many vineyards do offer a fair wage to employees and yet choose not to be classed as Fairtrade. Despite this, the majority of larger retailers, mainly superstores, choose to offer a selection of wines labelled with the well-known Fairtrade stamp. It’s certainly worth a look, because despite the fact that certain processes could be refined to be more in line with Fairtrade ideals, the truth is that lives have been changed for the better. The Fairtrade investment can go towards building a real future for the workers of the vineyards and their families. With more money comes the option for a furthered education, better homes, a well-rounded future for workers and their children.
In spite of the good we can do for the world with Fairtrade wines, the movement will come to nothing if the end product does not deliver. So what of the taste? Keeping in mind that wines from Fairtrade areas are often grown out of poor land, wanting for better means of production, the taste of many bottles has left a lot to be desired. Still, as with organic, or in fact any wine, it really comes down to trying and experimenting, wine knowledge and personal preference. In a market that is constantly growing and bettering itself, if you shop around and keep your ear to the ground you’ll no doubt find something you love!