Keine Kamera verfügbar. Bitte Zugriff auf Kamera erlauben und Applikation neu starten.

Organic sparkling wines are on the up

More and more vintners are switching to organic wine-growing. This also applies to the production of sparkling wine. This effervescent, sustainable pleasure goes by many names: Champagne, Cava, Franciacorta, Sekt, Prosecco.
Champagne is still the king of sparkling wines. In Switzerland, the fruity Prosecco from Italy's Veneto region is the most popular. The second fermentation, key for the perlage, takes place in a pressurized tank. By contrast, for bubbles such as Champagne, Cava, Franciacorta or grower's sparkling wines, the process takes place in the bottle. In any case, styles range from dry to sweet.
Sparkling wines of all types are also becoming more popular with customers. As with wine-growing in general, there is a clear trend towards organic or biodynamic production with sparkling wines too. Many producers are convinced that the best grapes are produced when working in harmony with nature. The quality of a sparkling wine is determined in the vineyard – as it is for dry wines. That means fewer or even no chemical or synthetic sprays. In Italy's Franciacorta wine-growing region, for example, where producers create high-quality sparkling wines fermented in the bottle, over 60% of the vines spanning a good 2,700 hectares are organically cultivated.
And even in the world's most famous sparkling wine region – Champagne – protecting the environment and sustainability are now top priorities. The aim is to reduce the water balance and carbon footprint and to promote biodiversity in the vineyards. Eco-conscious sparkling wines not only benefit nature but usually offer greater drinking pleasure too. They are more complex, more multifaceted, more minerally and more interesting than conventionally produced wines. The increase in quality and demand from consumers will lead to other wineries switching to organically cultivated vineyards, if they haven't already done so.
Aficionados of organic sparkling wines thus do something good both for themselves and for nature. And it's a trend. The days when only the alternative-minded knit-your-own-yoghurt brigade bought sustainably produced foods and luxury products are long over. Sustainable wine-growing will only enjoy a better future if responsible consumers and producers work together. However, this has its price. But there are excellent examples of organic sparkling wines from all growing regions to be found, offering good value for money.
Peter Keller, Mondovino expert and wine academic

Organic sparkling wines