Let’s get this straight: even in this day and age there is no way that you can drink a lot of wine without getting a hangover. Sorry to burst your bubble. However, there are certain wines you can drink that will dramatically reduce your chances of the dreaded morning-after headache. Let us introduce… organic wine . It’s funny to think how many of us are making a conscious effort to ensure that the meat and vegetables we buy are organic, but somehow the same principle doesn’t seem to apply to wine. We’re here to run you through the basics about this magical ‘anti-hangover’ wine and where you can get your hands on it.
Repeat after me: ‘Normal wine is not bad for you in small doses’. However, if you’re planning on drinking more than a few glasses, or are trying to avoid anything pesticide-packed, then choosing an organic wine is always a great option.
Tell me about organic wine.
An organic wine is wine made from grapes that have grown in conditions with no artificial chemicals (e.g. pesticides), in a biologically diverse vineyard. This creates a natural eco-system, eliminating the need for potentially harmful poisons. Ingredients are grown on organic farms and are then processed in a dedicated distillery. These organic wines are on the up with wine lovers, and in Australia organic grape production increased by 120% between 2011 and 2014. In this past year alone, sales of organic wine have increased in the UK by over 35%.
How does this lead to no hangover though?
We’re all over getting a buzz with no chemical fuzz, however it’s good to know how this will have an effect on ourselves. Basically, because there are no chemicals used in the wine production process, there are no nasty bits that can make it through to the final product. This means that there is no chance of any hormones, antibiotics, synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, GMO’s or herbicides being anywhere near your organic wine. It is these chemicals that have been shown to increase the occurrence of severe hangovers. OCAS wine buyer Julian Twaites explains that “most organic wines are lower in sulphur dioxide – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and is the main culprit for those shocking hangovers the next day”.
Okay, I’m convinced. Where can I get my hands on it?
Of course, we sell a couple of great organic wines which we’re sure you’ll love! Our favourite is Misty Cove Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Misty Cove wines never disappoint and truly reflect our philosophy of producing a value for money wine with distinctive pure, wonderful fruit flavours and aromas typical of the Marlborough region. We also have the organic, fair-trade Running Duck Chenin Blanc 2014. The great thing about this wine is that the winery it’s produced in (Stellar) undertakes a big commitment by transporting both farm and cellar staff to and from work while families receive health care and the permanent services of a community worker. Workers receive free housing electricity and water as well as subsidised schooling and child-care facilities. Finally a percentage of the price of the wine is paid directly back to the Stellar Fairtrade Workers’ Trust.