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
48 Items
48 Items
  • Westwood Winery Annadel Gap Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Westwood Winery Annadel Gap Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • TP94
    • RP91
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $47.99
    Try the
    74
    47 99
    Save $26.01 (35%)
  • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Brunate 2017
    Nebbiolo from La Morra, Piedmont, Italy
    • JD96
    • JS96
    • RP95
    • V94
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $189.99
    Try the
    250
    189 99
    Save $60.01 (24%)
  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2017
    Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
    • JD97
    • JS96
    • V95
    • RP94
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $189.99
    Try the
    250
    189 99
    Save $60.01 (24%)
  • Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserva 2017  Front Label
    Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserva 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
    • JS96
    • D96
    • RP93
    • WE93
    2.5 5 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $84.99
    Try the
    112
    84 99
    Save $27.01 (24%)
  • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Ravera 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • JD98
    • JS97
    • V96
    • RP95
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $194.99
    Try the
    250
    194 99
    Save $55.01 (22%)
  • Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WW91
    • RP91
    • WE90
    4.0 55 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $19.99
    Try the
    24
    19 99
    Save $4.01 (17%)
  • Sottimano Barbaresco Cotta 2017  Front Label
    Sottimano Barbaresco Cotta 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
    • WE95
    • RP94
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $69.99
    Try the
    83
    69 99
    Save $13.01 (16%)
  • St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
    • WW91
    • WS91
    • RP90
    4.8 37 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $39.99
    Try the
    45
    39 99
    Save $5.01 (11%)
  • Mas Martinet Clos Martinet Priorat 2017  Front Label
    Mas Martinet Clos Martinet Priorat 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Priorat, Spain
    • RP95
    • JD94
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $89.99
    Try the
    100
    89 99
    Save $10.01 (10%)
  • Quintessa  2017  Front Label
    Quintessa 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • JS95
    • WW94
    • D93
    • WS92
    4.6 26 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $184.99
    Try the
    200
    184 99
    Save $15.01 (8%)
  • Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore 2017  Front Label
    Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
    • WE96
    • RP93
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $69.99
    Try the
    75
    69 99
    Save $5.01 (7%)
  • Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2017  Front Label
    Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP94
    • WE93
    2.8 22 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $27.99
    Try the
    30
    27 99
    Save $2.01 (7%)
  • WillaKenzie Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    WillaKenzie Estate Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
    • JS93
    • WW91
    • RP91
    • WE90
    • V90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $37.99
    Try the
    40
    37 99
    Save $2.01 (5%)
  • Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas Les Racines 2017  Front Label
    Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas Les Racines 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
    • RP95
    • JS95
    • JD95
    • WS93
    4.2 58 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $48.99
    Try the
    48 99
    48 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Mas Martinet Els Escurcons 2017  Front Label
    Mas Martinet Els Escurcons 2017
    Grenache from Priorat, Spain
    • RP94
    • JD94
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $129.99
    Try the
    129 99
    129 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Yalumba Samuel's Collection Eden Valley Viognier 2017 Front Label
    Yalumba Samuel's Collection Eden Valley Viognier 2017
    Viognier from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
    • D95
    • JS92
    • RP91
    • W&S91
    • WE90
    3.8 236 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $22.99
    Try the
    22 99
    22 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2017  Front Label
    Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP98
    • JS97
    • V96
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $159.00
    Try the
    159
    159
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Vetus Flor de Vetus 2017  Front Label
    Vetus Flor de Vetus 2017
    Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
    • RP90
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $21.99
    Try the
    21 99
    21 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Howard Park Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Howard Park Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
    • RP90
    • WE90
    • D90
    3.5 17 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $24.99
    Try the
    24 99
    24 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2017  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Jadis 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
    • WE93
    • WS92
    • RP92
    4.7 21 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $69.99
    Try the
    69 99
    69 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
    • D93
    • JS93
    • WE92
    • RP91
    • WS90
    4.1 29 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $34.99
    Try the
    34 99
    34 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France
    • RP92
    • WS92
    • WE91
    4.8 20 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $45.99
    Try the
    45 99
    45 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 2017  Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
    • JS95
    • RP94
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $164.99
    Try the
    164 99
    164 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Chateau Maris La Touge 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Maris La Touge 2017
    Rhone Red Blends from Minervois La Liviniere, Minervois, Languedoc, South of France, France
    • W&S92
    • D92
    • JD91
    • RP90
    4.0 86 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $21.99
    Try the
    21 99
    21 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • JS94
    • JD93
    • RP93
    • V92
    • WW92
    0.0 0 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $56.99
    Try the
    56 99
    56 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

It's easy to make the switch.
Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

Yes, Update Now
Cheers to You!

New Customers! Save $20 off $100*. Code NEW2021

New Customers! Save $20 off $100*. Code NEW2021

There was an error redeeming your code.

*New customers only. One-time use per customer. Order must be placed by 7/31/2021. 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, Picked by Wine.com subscriptions, and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order. Offer valid subject to state law limitations.

Search for ""

Processing Your Order...