List Page Learn About Content Graphic

Green / Sustainable Wine

Natural Wine, Organic & Sustainable Defined ...

undefined, null

Wines marked with the green leaf icon are produced using organic, biodynamic or sustainable practices as certified by various domestic and international organizations. Any spirits marked with the green leaf have been made using sustainable methods designed to decrease their production impact on the environment.

Does the green leaf mean it is a natural wine?

Though it is a widely used term, “natural wine” is difficult to indisputably define. Other terms are almost as popular: “low intervention,” “live,” “raw,” and “green wine,” to name a few. Isabelle Legeron, Master of Wine, in her book, Natural Wine explains the term best.

“Whether or not it is certified (or indeed certifiable), natural wine does exist. It is wine from vineyards that are farmed organically, at the very least, and which is produced without adding or removing anything during vinification, apart from a dash of sulfites at bottling.”

While this definition may sound ideal to most, the USA defines “organic wine” differently. Read on for clarification.

What is the difference between organic wine and wine made from organic grapes?

Organic wine in the USA is regulated by the National Organic Program (NOP) of the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. By definition, organic winegrowing integrates cultural, biological and mechanical practices that foster the cycling of resources, promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering are not allowed. Products from outside of the cycle are used minimally. The USDA NOP allows for two categories of finished wine:

  1. Organic wine, as defined and labeled in the USA, is wine made from organic grapes with no added sulfites. Each country has its own laws on how to define organic wine. But any wine labeled “organic” sold in the USA, whether it is domestically made or imported, is not allowed to have any added sulfites. However, less than 20 mg/L can occur naturally.
  2. Wine made from organic grapes, which allows minimal addition of sulfites (less than 100 mg/L) cannot be labeled as “organic wine” in the USA, but can mention the use of organic grapes.

What is biodynamic wine?

Biodynamic wine is created from a system of winegrowing similar to that for organic wine, but includes various concepts from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Steiner’s farming methods treat soil fertility, plant growth and products, and livestock care and products as ecologically interrelated. Biodynamic agriculture uses compost and manure for fertilization, natural herb and mineral supplements for field sprays and prohibits the use of anything artificial. It treats the entire vineyard as an interrelated part of a self-sufficient farm. Biodynamic farming considers the influence of weather, seasons and movements of the moon and planets on the rhythms of the farm. The term “biodynamic” refers to both the agricultural methods used to grow the vines, as well as winery processing.

What does sustainable wine mean?

Sustainable wine production can be defined by three main goals: environmental stewardship, economic profitability and social and economic equity. This means that sustainable farmers do their best to give back to the environment and to the community, while also furthering their business. Sustainable wine growers may largely use organic or biodynamic practices, and occasionally or minimally use synthetic materials (only the least harmful), but have the flexibility to choose the methods that work best for their goals. The sustainable label tells the consumer which wines are made with ecological, economical and social principles in mind. Its limitation is that it is locally defined and therefore varies regionally.

What are sustainable spirits?

While regulations on the spirits side of sustainable are still in their infancy, that hasn’t stopped individual producers from taking heed of conscientious production techniques to reduce their carbon footprint. Distillers striving to make their operations more sustainable are implementing a wide array of eco-friendly procedures ranging from renewable power solutions, water and heat reclamation systems, utilizing locally sourced agricultural produce and composting or reusing any refuse as fertilizer or feed for livestock. In addition to optimizing the efficiency of the manufacturing process, eliminating harmful single use plastics and repurposing or recycling waste products such as barrels and bottles are also proving to be effective strategies for improving sustainability. All spirits labeled “organic” must meet the regulations provided by both Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the USDA.

Filter by
915 Items
915 Items
  • Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2014 Front Label
    Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa, South Australia, Australia
    • JS92
    • WW91
    3.8 128 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $16.99
    Try the
    20
    16 99
    Save $3.01 (15%)
  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW92
    4.5 53 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $79.99
    Try the
    79 99
    79 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
    • WS97
    • JS94
    • D93
    • RP92
    4.1 17 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $37.99
    Try the
    40
    37 99
    Save $2.01 (5%)
  • Bollinger James Bond 007 Limited Edition Gift Box 2011  Gift Product Image
    Bollinger James Bond 007 Limited Edition Gift Box 2011
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • D95
    4.9 9 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $229.99
    Try the
    229 99
    229 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JD94
    • WW93
    • RP92
    • WE90
    4.5 22 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $59.99
    Try the
    65
    59 99
    Save $5.01 (8%)
  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from California
    • WE90
    4.1 157 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $13.99
    Try the
    17
    13 99
    Save $3.01 (18%)
  • Quintessa  2016  Front Label
    Quintessa 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • JS98
    • RP97
    • JD96
    • WS93
    • WW93
    4.7 11 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $179.99
    Try the
    190
    179 99
    Save $10.01 (5%)
  • Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • JD100
    • TP98
    • JS95
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $279.99
    Try the
    279 99
    279 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015  Front Label
    Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $184.97
    Try the
    184 97
    184 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
    • JD95
    • RP95
    • D95
    • WS95
    4.5 7 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $74.99
    Try the
    74 99
    74 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2017 Front Label
    Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
    • JD98
    • RP97
    • JS94
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $99.99
    Try the
    99 99
    99 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee Front Label
    Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • WW94
    • WS93
    • JD93
    • JS92
    • WE92
    • W&S91
    • RP91
    • D90
    4.2 200 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $59.99
    Try the
    79
    59 99
    Save $19.01 (24%)
  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Paul Dolan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino, California
    • WE94
    • TP92
    3.9 62 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $22.99
    Try the
    30
    22 99
    Save $7.01 (23%)
  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
    • D97
    3.8 17 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $41.99
    Try the
    45
    41 99
    Save $3.01 (7%)
  • St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • JS92
    • WW91
    4.4 50 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $34.99
    Try the
    42
    34 99
    Save $7.01 (17%)
  • Aalto  2016 Front Label
    Aalto 2016
    Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
    • RP95
    • JD94
    4.2 16 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $49.99
    Try the
    49 99
    49 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
    • WS93
    • WE90
    4.0 24 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $28.99
    Try the
    30
    28 99
    Save $1.01 (3%)
  • Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • RP92
    4.1 8 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $39.99
    Try the
    45
    39 99
    Save $5.01 (11%)
  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    • D96
    • WE92
    • JS91
    4.6 8 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $69.99
    Try the
    69 99
    69 99
    Save $2.01 (3%)
  • Ghost Block Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Ghost Block Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
    • WE90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $114.99
    Try the
    114 99
    114 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from California
    • WW90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $12.99
    Try the
    18
    12 99
    Save $5.01 (28%)
  • Honig Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Front Label
    Honig Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
    • WS91
    • WW90
    4.2 59 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $19.99
    Try the
    22
    19 99
    Save $2.01 (9%)
  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
    • D94
    • JS94
    • RP93
    • WE93
    • BH92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $149.99
    Try the
    149 99
    149 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Guiraud G Bordeaux Blanc 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Bordeaux, France
    • WS92
    • JS92
    4.1 37 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $19.99
    Try the
    19 99
    19 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
    • JS94
    • WE92
    • WS91
    4.3 14 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $35.99
    Try the
    35 99
    35 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

Update your browser to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

It's easy to update and using the latest version
of Internet Explorer means all your web browsing will be better.

Yes, Update Now
Cheers to You!

New customers: $20 off $100+. Code NEW2020

New customers: $20 off $100+. Code NEW2020

There was an error redeeming your code.

*New customers only. One-time use per customer. Order must be placed by 1/31/2020. The $20 discount is given for a single order with a minimum of $100 excluding shipping and tax. Items with pricing ending in .97 are excluded and will not count toward the minimum required. Discount does not apply to corporate orders, gift certificates, StewardShip membership fees, select Champagne brands, Riedel glassware, fine and rare wine, 187ML splits, and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order.

Search for ""

Processing Your Order...