Dry Farm Wine
The term Dry Farm Wine has gotten a lot of buzz lately, and we’ve got several producers in climates where dry farming is both feasible and desirable. The definition of a “dry farmer” is one who never irrigates his vines, no matter the conditions. Dry farming techniques can result in lower overall yield, but grapes that have less concentrated sugar and produce “drier” wines.
Proponents of dry farm wines believe that it’s the soil’s job to provide adequate moisture to sustain the vines and allow grapes to thrive in a non-irrigated vineyard. Some believe that irrigation prevents the best expression of the grape. When vines have to struggle for moisture, they often grow much deeper and stronger roots, which many believe results in superior grapes, especially when combined with organic production methods.
Dry Farm Wine Not Possible in All Regions
Some regions of the world lend themselves to dry farm wine more than others. These regions naturally receive enough moisture through rain and snow throughout the year. In many, more arid regions of Europe and South America, our winery partners have found it to be impossible to farm without irrigation. There is much experimentation being conducted by our partners in both Europe and South America, and the resulting innovative wines will eventually come to market. In the meantime, we have four winery partners who regularly produce Dry Farm Wine.
Our Dry Farm Wine Producers
Our European winery partners who are dedicated to producing Dry Farm Wine include Biokult in Austria, Maison Raymond in France, Domaine Gioulis in Greece, and Fattoria di Romignano in Tuscany.
Biokult practices non-irrigation, with only rescue irrigation when absolutely required. Biokult explains that they have only had to use irrigation 2 or 3 times in the past ten years, with the last 3 vintages using absolutely no irrigation for their Dry Farm Wine.
Maison Raymond, France
The classic maritime climate of Maison Raymond in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux lends itself perfectly to produce organic Dry Farm Wines. In France, natural rainfall is considered the only source of water and has been irrigation historically banned in order to maintain the terroir expression. The different properties of the domaine benefit from specific conditions: special orientation of the vineyards, composition of the soil, humidity, age of the vines.
Domaine Gioulis, Greece
Situated in the province of Corinth, close to the valley of Nemea on the Peloponnese peninsula, Domaine Gioulis produces Sofos Greek wines. The climate in Klimenti is semi-continental with heavy winters and cool summers which favors the application of organic farming. In particular, during the growth season, the climate is sunny with adequate rainfall and cool northerly winds, thereby contributing to the absence of insects and the reduced diseases, without the need for irrigation.
Fattoria di Romignano, Italy
Tuscany receives an average of 8 inches (200 mm) of rainfall during the months of April through June the period that includes flowering and fruit set, when the water is most crucial. The amount of precipitation and the natural ability of the soil (clay mixed with sand) to hold water provides adequate moisture for a successful and healthy harvest for the Dry Farm Wine Chianti of Fattoria di Romignano.
Top 8 Dry Farm Wines Worth Trying
All of our Dry Farm Wines are available at fine retailers and restaurants nationwide.
Biokult Grüner Veltliner
Biokult Red Blend
Les Hauts de Lagarde Rouge
Les Hauts de Lagarde Blanc-Sec
En Mémoire du Malbec
Sofos “The Wise One“ Red
Sofos “The Wise One“ White
I live in New Brunswick, Canada how could I purchases this wine to try it?
Hi Rob-we do not currently sells wines in New Brunswick
Rob, dry-farmed wineries closest to you might be California’s Central Coast (between San Fran and Los Angeles) such as Croad and these:
What is the price per bottle?
Hi Rob-our prices for the Dry Farmed wines vary from $14.99-16.99 in the U.S.
My husband and I recently arrived in Yuma Az to stay for three months to escape our Canadian winter.
This morning I listened to the Diet Doctor Podcast about Dry Farm Wines with founder Todd White explaining about your product. The zero sugar really caught my interest. My question, is there a place in Yuma Az that would sell your product?
Hi Lorna-you may be mistaking us for another company. We have wines that are dry farmed-without the use of irrigation as mentioned in the article. Please ask your favorite retailer to carry our wines, letting them know we are distributed in Arizona by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits.
Can I purchase these wines in PA or NJ?
Hi Lisa-we do not yet have sales in PA through the PLCB, but please request the wines in the stores. Our wines can be found throughout NJ. Our distributor is Opici. Please also request the wines at a favorite store if you don’t see them, letting them know Opici is our distributor. Thx!
I’m in Hartford, CT. Are these wines sold near me? Can you provide the retailers? Thank you.
Hi Barbara-you can find many of our wines at Whole Foods in Hartford.
Do you have a distributor in NC. I would love to carry them in my shop
Hi Laura-we work with Ararat Import/Export in North Carolina. Please send me an email and I can connect you. email@example.com
can I buy your wines anywhere in Vancouver B.C. Canada
Hi Milena-we do not currently sell wines in BC.
Hi, I live in Houston and was wondering, can I buy some of your wines at a local store? Thanks!
Hi Mary-you can find many of our Dry Farmed wines in Whole Foods in Houston, including the Biokult Gruner Veltliner and Les Hauts de Lagarde Rouge and Blanc. You can also ask your favorite retailer to carry the wines you want, letting them know the wines are distributed by Serendipity in Texas.
Are there dry farm wines from Chile?
Hi Nancy-it’s quite difficult to farm without irrigation in Chile as it is such an arid country and very little moisture is received during the growing season. There may be some wines out there that are produced without irrigation, but we do not currently carry any.
How come some questions are answered but not all? It is not like you have a thousand to answer…?….
Hi Maria-we try and answer everyone’s questions either in the reply to the blog comment or directly via email. Do you have a specific question that has not been answered?
Do you or any distributors sell your wines in the S. Florida area? I checked our local Whole Foods and they do not? I am now on the Keto diet and dying to have a glass of wine. You were the only one recommended. Thanks Julie
Hi Julie-the Biokult Gruner Veltliner and both Les Hauts de Lagarde wines should be carried by Whole Foods in South Florida. What specific store is closest to you?
Hi Lisa. I really enjoyed my first shipment of white wines. Do you have a distributer in Rhode Island?
Hi Denise-you must have us confused with another company. No online sales to consumers yet!
Hi Denise-you must have us confused with another company as we don’t currently sell wine online.
Do you sell your wine with delivery to Ontario Canada?
Hi Barb-we do not currently sell in Ontario
Where in Indianapolis, Indiana can I purchase your wine? We have a Whole Foods at Nora Shopping center. Will they have your wine?
Hi Kim-you should be able to find both Les Hauts de Lagarde wines as well as Biokult Gruner Veltliner at Whole Foods. Feel free to ask your favorite retailer to carry the wines as well, letting them know they are distributed in Indiana by Graybull.
Where can I find Dry Farm Wines in Dallas Texas?
Hi Tricia-you can find out Biokult Gruner Veltliner, and Les Hauts de Lagarde red and white at Whole Foods stores in Dallas. You can also request other wines to be special ordered, either there or at your favorite retailer, letting them know they can be obtained through our Texas distributor Serendipity.
Hi ,I live in the uk are these wines available please .
Hi Jackie- unfortunately our wines are not sold in the UK.
Do you sell your wines in Kansas City. MO?
Hi Melissa-several of our Dry Farmed wines can be found at Whole Foods in the Plaza area of Kansas City.
Do you sell your wine in Green Bay Wisconsin. I have a problem with sulfaites not sure of spelling.
Which of your wines taste like mogan david concord wine? I love it but would like organic..
What about in NY where would we buy?
Hi Jennifer-there are many places throughout the city that carry a variety of our wines. Let us know your favorite retailer or part of the city and we can help narrow that down.
Was checking to see if there are any retailers that sell the dry wines in Florida?