Yes, organic wines have sometimes been subject to bad press for being, frankly, underwhelming, but, hard on the heels of the craft beer revolution, natural wine is fast becoming a radical culture as well as a drinks category, with improvements in production to match.
At Campania Wines, we never lag behind when it comes to trends, and we’re delighted to announce that we have two new wines on our books, organic, reasonably priced and very drinkable too. What’s not to like? They’re both from the Sorrentino Vini vineyard, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. One white, a Falanghina, and a red Aglianico. More of those later.
Organic wine – what’s all the fuss about?
Needless to say, organic wine is made using only organically-certified grapes, grown without synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and chemical fertilisers—most notably, without the addition of sulphur, used to deter or destroy unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and to prevent wine from oxidising.
Producing wine without the certainty of synthetic additives, whether to the soil or the wine itself can make for unpredictability, but, in the world of organic wine, it’s that very uncertainty that’s thought to be exciting. Knowing exactly what you’ll get, bottle after bottle after bottle, to them, is dullness incarnate. They much prefer the adventure of idiosyncrasy, the chance of different experiences every time.
Organic producers are almost exclusively small-scale operations. They consider the super-vineyards to be an ecological disaster waiting to happen, destroying biodiversity and polluting the earth and waterways—so drink organic wine and keep the environment clean!
In addition to the sustainability factor, large-scale production, to organic farmers, is a creative black hole, because of the reliance on processes and ingredients that require less skill and traditional knowledge to bring wine to market.
And what of the benefits or drinking organic wine? To begin with, we’ll ingest less man-made toxins, like pesticide residues, so it’s not only healthier for us but the taste is guaranteed to be that of the natural ingredients, with their own purity and freshness unadulterated.
How does Sorrentino Vini do it?
With nature’s bounty, of course—preserving and respecting the environment rather than upsetting its balance. The vineyards are located on the south-west side of Vesuvius, where countless lava flows have enriched the soil with minerals, providing a first line of defence against pathogens, to preserve the integrity of the vines. By using no artificial weed-killers and fertilisers, spontaneous microflora flourishes, to control the growth of antagonistic species. They have planted field bean in the area, which adds nitrogen to the soil—naturally—and is also used as a green mulch on the vines. The grapes are harvested, carefully, by hand.
And the consequence is…
Two beautiful, organic wines.
Sorrentino Vini Aglianico ‘Joe’ – bursting with the spicy, smoky darkness of pepper, roasted coffee beans, liquorice and tobacco underneath, topped with a sharper red fruitiness of wild strawberries and cherries. Perfect with lasagne and other pasta dishes, soups, sliced meats, white meats and light main dishes.
Sorrentino Vini Falanghina ‘Verso’ – think lemons, grapefruits and pineapples mixed in a cocktail of wildflowers. It’s dry, it’s fresh, it’s delicious with shellfish, white fish and chicken.
Order some at once, is my suggestion, and then indulge yourself in an unbeatable taste experience, while saving the planet at the same time. Who could ask for anything more?
Abbraccia la rivoluzione organica!
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