Our Top 8 organic wines from Europe provide the perfect pairing for your National Organic Harvest Month feasts this September.
In 1992, the Organic Trade Association named September as “National Organic Harvest Month.” The objective of Organic Harvest Month is to bring awareness to the value of organic agriculture and the growing organic products industry from farm to marketplace and in your own backyard garden.
Organic sales in the U.S. totaled around $50 billion in 2019, reflecting new sales of 4.6% from the previous year. Organic food now accounts for more than five percent of total food sales in the U.S. The organic wine category grew at a rate of 8.7% in 2019. Organic wine sales have consistently grown at a rate of 8-15% per year for the past 5 years.
One of the primary driving factors for an increase in organic wine sales is the Millennial consumer. Now accounting for more than 36% of all wine sales, Millennial shoppers remain the largest wine consuming sector (followed by Baby Boomers at 34%), though they are not adopting wine in general as much as predicted. Trendy and adventurous, Millennials seek a “fashionable wine from a faraway region that allows them to stand apart from the crowd.” They are also environmentally conscious and willing to spend money on organic food – 53% actively try to include organic food in their diets (2014 Gallup poll), making Millennials the largest purchasing group of organics. According to the Organic Trade Association in their 2020 Organic Industry Survey: “Consumers are looking for additive-free wines made without the use of a synthetic, such as sodium metabisulfite. Millennials especially are interested in transparency in wine-making approaches.”
Millennials and Gen-Z consumers in particular are voting with their dollars more than ever before and looking for products that embrace human and animal welfare, sustainability, and provide supply chain transparency. Concerns around climate change also are driving decisions at retail more than ever across categories. “A main driver we’re seeing is climate change and the desire by consumers to buy products that contribute less to destruction of the planet,” says Terry DeBlasio of PCC Community Market. “Organic is becoming a marker of quality for brands, the brands that offer OG products are generally more trusted by consumers.”
Top 8 Organic Wines for Organic Harvest Month
We’ve got eight delicious organic wines discounted for the entire month of September at an additional 10% off their everyday low price at Whole Foods and 365 by Whole Foods. A perfect time to stock up on your favorite organic wines! All are made with 100% Organic Grapes, with several that are No Sulfites Added USDA Certified Organic. All are Vegan and Non-GMO Project Verified.
Pizzolato Fields Prosecco Spumante – Straw color. Aromas of golden apple, pressed flowers, white peach, and mint with a soft, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a sleek, medium-length Meyer lemon, sage, and plantain finish.
Biokult Grüner Veltliner – Clean aromas of key lime, underripe apricot, talc, and gardenia with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length cherry blossom, blanched almond.
Les Hauts De Lagarde Bordeaux Blanc – Medium straw to pale gold. Aromas of white peach, lemon, honeydew, yellow watermelon, honeysuckle. Dry & crisp with melon and ripe pear accented by bright lemon and lime zest.
Les Hauts de Lagarde Bordeaux Rouge – Dark garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of charred nuts, roasted berries, and clay with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a medium-long nuts, craisins and cassis, earth finish with woody, tannins.
Pizzolato No Sulfites Added Merlot – USDA Certified Organic – Deep bright ruby color with a violet cast. Rich aromas of chocolate covered toasted coconut, grilled and herb marinated peppers, and strawberry-grape liqueur; medium-to-full body.
Pizzolato No Sulfites Added Cabernet – Aromas of roasted green pepper, toffee, and craisin chutney with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy pomegranate, black pepper and toasted cedar accented finish.
Tarantas Tempranillo Crianza – Bright ruby black color. Aromas of ripe forest berries, freshly tilled earth, fine leather, and roasted nuts with a round, lively, fruity medium-full body with long bramble, tar, cured meats, and black pepper finish.
Spartico No Sulfites Added Tempranillo-Cabernet – Aromas of strawberry, stewed plum, vanilla custard, and baking spice with a bright, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long , prune, and bittersweet chocolate finish.