Planet-Friendly Wines of the World
Worth’s Ethical Cellar columnists, Jonathan Russo and Deborah Grayson, assembled their must-try fall organic wine list. Don’t buy them because they’re organic, buy them because they taste great.
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There are hundreds of Biodynamic and Organic wines available in the U.S., but these are some of our favorites.
Chile’s climate is ideal for Biodynamic/Organic farming, so many excellent entries are in the field. One is:
- Koyle Family Vineyards. Located in the Colchagua Valley in the foothills of the Andes, it makes numerous wines from multiple estates at varying price points. For over 100 years, the family has been turning old-world grapes into wine. One of the current owners recently trained at Chateau Margaux to continue their wine-making heritage.
- La Coulee de Serrant (Chenin Blanc). Minerally, dry white from the historic vineyard owned the leading light of Biodynamic farming, Nicolas Joly.
- Clos du Temple (Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier). Award-winning rose from Biodynamic superstar Gerard Bertrand. If this bottle is out of stock, Bertrand has many other more affordable, no-compromise roses.
- Arianna Occhipinti. From Sicily’s southeast, this young, revolutionary producer burst on the scene in the early 2000s. She makes a wide variety of reds and whites, each reflecting her unique vision of the grape, the land, and her personality.
- Pyramid Valley (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). Highly rated by numerous wine reviewers, Pyramid Valley’s Pinot Noirs contain hints of berries, spice, and herbal elements, while the Chardonnay is aged in oak and then steel. Bottled unfiltered and unfined.
- Reyneke. Demeter certified Biodynamic vineyard located in the legendary Stellenbosch region. Their highly rated wines, including the Bordeaux-style Cornerstone, consistently score 90-96 from the major guides. They also produce Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc with similar ratings.
- Bodegas Bhilar. From Spain’s Rioja region, these well-crafted Biodynamic reds and whites come from grapes grown and blended in the nearby villages and their single vineyard bottling.
- Quivira. This long-time estate in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley was one of the first that inspired our conversion to Biodynamic viniculture. This stunning property makes Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rhone varieties. The wines are known to be richly concentrated and wonderfully complex.
- Beaux Freres. Oregon is best known for its Pinots. Willamette Valley’s Beaux Freres’ 2019 vintage received a 98 from Wine Advocate, which praised its “scents of brambly fruit, rose petals, forest floor, sweet balsamic and blood orange.” Practicing Biodynamics.
- Coturri Winery. Tony Coturri, considered the originator of the American natural wine movement, has been making “just grapes” wine since 1979 from his Glen Ellen (Sonoma) location. Not for everyone, this extremely fruit-forward wine is sulfite-free. Coturri makes 3 reds from Zinfandel, Carignan, and Petit-Sirah.