When it comes to organic wine, a common question arises: does organic wine contain sulphites? The answer is not as simple as you might think.

Organic wine can be produced with or without added sulphites. Let’s explore what this really means.

Organic wine: beyond the label, the question of sulphites

Organic wine is distinguished by a specific label. In France, this label is Agriculture Biologique, managed by the Ministry of Agriculture. This label guarantees that the grapes are grown according to strict standards, limiting the use of chemical inputs. However, it does not necessarily specify the absence of sulphites added during vinification.

Sulphites in organic wine: natural presence and possible additions

Sulphites, compounds derived from sulphur, play an essential role in preserving wine. They occur naturally in wine, produced by yeasts during fermentation. In addition, winemakers can manually add sulphites at various stages of the winemaking process for their preservative and antioxidant properties. Which brings us to the regulations governing wines with no added sulphites.

Regulations and the reality of wines with no added sulphites

The designation “wine with no added sulphites” is governed by European regulations. These wines are produced using specific vinification and ageing methods. It is important to note that no label or brand clearly defines wines with no added sulphites.

Synergy and distinction: organic wine and wine with no added sulphites

A winegrower can produce organic wines with or without added sulphites. At Les Vignerons de Buzet, for example, all the organic wines are also without added sulphites. This approach combines limiting inputs in the vineyard and reducing additives in the wine, reflecting a commitment to more sustainable and respectful practices.

So, does an organic wine contain sulphites?

Organic wines may contain sulphites, but their presence depends on the winemaker’s winemaking choices. The organic wines of some producers, such as Les Vignerons de Buzet, are made without added sulphites, illustrating a complementary approach towards a more natural, environmentally-friendly wine.