Welcome to Organic Wine Club. We are a specialist organic wine retailer focusing on natural and multi-diet friendly wines. We have expertly handpicked organic wines made with no added sulphites, additives, preservatives and allergens. As a result, Organic Wine Club is the UK’s only health conscious wine shop.
We are a small business that wants to make a big impact.
Do you know what was really inside of your last bottle of wine? Have you noticed that there is no information on its contents on the label? This is because there are dozens of additives allowed in its production: sugars, sulphites, preservatives, colour an flavour adjustment agents and more. They trigger allergic reactions, headaches and other ill effects.
Organic wines are richer in nutrients & antioxidants* with no harmful pesticide residue. This is a great health benefit for every wine drinker.
Natural wines are made with minimal interventions in the winery. They are generally made of high quality manually handpicked grapes, vinified traditionally in a hygienic environment without any use of preservatives, additives, colour or flavour enhancements and minimal or no sulphites added.
Sulphites are bad news for every wine drinker. To start with, they are quite an aggressive preservative. Over 2.5 million Britons suffer from allergies and intolerances triggered by sulphites, so it is better to avoid them, eat and drink natural products. Asthmatics are most sensitive to sulphites and will start noticing ill effects when sulphites' levels exceed 45 mg/l, that's why we have taken a firm stance not to stock any wines above that. It means that even organic certified wine is no longer enough as it may be up to 100-150 mg/l by law.
Finally, World Health Organisation recommends that only 0.7mg/l of sulphites (sulfites) should be consumed per 1 kg of weight per day. It means that an adult of 70kg weight, who bought natural wine that contains 30 mg/l naturally occurring sulphites can have a few large glasses of wine (up to half bottle). Obviously, when conventional wines containing over 150 mg/l it means much more harm to your body.
The below information will help you to navigate the world of different wines as it can be a bit overwhelming to decide between so many different types of wine, let alone to figure out whether to go for organic, vegan, biodynamic or natural wines with no added sulphites.
This short memo is to guide you through the differences and also to underline advantages of these products.
Organic wine is made from grapes grown organically. Organic farming presumes that no harmful pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemical fertilisers are allowed to grow the grapes. No artificial or synthetic preservatives were used, no colours added and no agents added to alter the taste; obviously nothing genetically modified.
Organic certification also means that the whole process is monitored, preservatives are kept to the minimum and growing environment and winemaking processes are compliant to the organic standards.
Would you agree with our common sense statement that that less toxins and less harmful substances will mean healthier you? That is how you can care for yourself better (and the environment too!).
Look for EU organic logo (green leaf with stars), UK Soil Association or country-specific organic certification logos (i.e. French 'Agriculture Biologique')
*Organic wine benefits as per Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Southampton, University of Rome’s Clinical Nutrition, University of California at Davis and University of Newcastle.
We have been writing much more about organic viticulture and organic wines on our blog, head to our dedicated organic section if you want to learn more.
Organic Wine Club offers a selection of organic wine club cases for everyone who wants to discover these wines for themselves. Alternatively, we invite you to browse our full collection of organic wines here.
Biodynamic movement has started before the organic one and, simply put, is similar to organic, but more of a philosophy. Only natural herbal treatments are allowed for the growers, every manipulation is in sync with lunar calendar. Biodynamic growers uses maximum synchronisation with nature and aim to create a sustainable ecosystem for any grower. Find Demeter logo for certified biodynamic wines. Browse our selection of biodynamic wines here.
This term puzzles a lot of people, how a product made of grapes can be not suitable for vegans? The answer is very simple - winemakers may decide to use animal derived materials (isinglass made of fish bones, cows' intestines, dairy, eggs) for filtration, fining and clarification of the wines.
It is not just to support vegan movement as such, but also to safeguard ourselves (i.e. who suffers from dairy or egg intolerance) from unwanted allergic reaction.
We have created very strict organic wine cases that consist of vegan wines that were not fined or filtered using animal materials and definitely no dairy or eggs. Check out some premixed vegan wine cases at our Organic Wine Cases page. We've also created a collection of vegan friendly wines here.
This group of wines needs much more explanation and clarity as some of the terms are a bit vague, lacking certification and proper legal definition.
Natural wines are such made with minimal interventions in the winery, which in most cases means using indigenous yeasts, not interrupting fermentation and not using additional sulphur to stabilise the wine and prevent it from oxidation. Sulphites are preservatives and can exist in the wine in two forms - naturally occurring and added in the winemaking process. First ones are harmless and exist in minimal quantities (those depend on the grape variety and soil). Second, added sulphites, could be a problem for allergy sufferers and are noticeable to asthmatics when the levels exceed 45 mg/l.
Organic certification will only guarantee you levels below 100 mg/l. This is where the first part of confusion lies. Not all organic wines are those with no added sulphites.
Second issue lies with the legal requirement that every product that has sulphites' levels above 10 mg/l needs to have 'contains sulphites' on the label. It does not take into account whether they are added or natural.
As a result, this product category appears to be confusing for customers as there are contradicting statements. Look for 'no sulphites added' or 'only naturally occurring sulphites' on the label (or their equivalents in different languages: 'sin sulfitos anadidos', 'senza solfiti aggiunti', 'sans sulfites ajoutes').
We at Organic Wine Club decided to simplify things and created collections of Sulphite Free Wines and Sulphite Free Wine Cases, so all of the wines are made with strictly no sulphites added! The rest of our wines are in our Low Sulphur Wine collection.
We hope this helps to avoid any confusion. Please have a look at more information on wine allergy, wine intolerance and sulphites if you want to learn more. We have also got an amazing free e-book about sulphites in wine - download yours now, no signup required.
Organic Wine Club experts scrutinise thousands of wines just to handpick not more than 150 best tasting, soulful and flavourful organic wines that are free from additives, sulphites, preservatives, allergens and sugars. It means that our wines are totally diet friendly: perfect for paleo, vegan, keto and low carbs followers. Our natural wines do not trigger headaches or ill side effects caused by excessive sulphites or additives. Your will love your mornings after!