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
126 Items
126 Items
  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle - Bin Soiled Label) 2003  Front Label
    Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (6 Liter Bottle - Bin Soiled Label) 2003
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Price per bottle
      Currently Unavailable $1,119.97
      Try the
      1,119 97
      1,119 97
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003  Front Label
      Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
        4.2 10 Ratings
        Price per bottle
        Currently Unavailable $99.99
        Try the
        99 99
        99 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Mad Fish Western Australia Shiraz 2003 Front Label
        Mad Fish Western Australia Shiraz 2003
        Syrah/Shiraz from Western Australia, Australia
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Price per bottle
          Currently Unavailable $18.29
          Try the
          18 29
          18 29
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
          d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz (375ML half-bottle) 2003
          Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
          • RP95
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Price per bottle
          Currently Unavailable $42.99
          Try the
          42 99
          42 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2003 Front Label
          Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2003
          Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
          • RP92
          0.0 0 Ratings
          Price per bottle
          Currently Unavailable $46.99
          Try the
          46 99
          46 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
          Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
          Cabernet Sauvignon from California
          • WE95
          3.9 9 Ratings
          Price per bottle
          Currently Unavailable $74.99
          Try the 2016 Vintage 84 99
          74 99
          74 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Luna Vineyards Merlot 2003 Front Label
          Luna Vineyards Merlot 2003
          Merlot from Napa Valley, California
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Price per bottle
            Currently Unavailable $41.99
            Try the
            41 99
            41 99
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2003 Front Label
            Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2003
            Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
            • WE95
            • WS91
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Price per bottle
            Currently Unavailable $139.97
            Try the
            139 97
            139 97
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          • WillaKenzie Estate Pierre Leon Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
            WillaKenzie Estate Pierre Leon Pinot Noir 2003
            Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
            • WS89
            0.0 0 Ratings
            Price per bottle
            Currently Unavailable $41.99
            Try the
            41 99
            41 99
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          • d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2003 Front Label
            d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2003
            Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
              0.0 0 Ratings
              Price per bottle
              Currently Unavailable $23.99
              Try the 2018 Vintage 19 99
              23 99
              23 99
              Save $0.00 (0%)
            • Bodegas Muga Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
              Bodegas Muga Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2003
              Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
                0.0 0 Ratings
                Price per bottle
                Currently Unavailable $14.99
                Try the
                14 99
                14 99
                Save $0.00 (0%)
              • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2003  Front Label
                Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2003
                Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                  Price per bottle
                  Currently Unavailable $39.97
                  Try the 2019 Vintage 49 99
                  39 97
                  39 97
                  Save $0.00 (0%)
                • Luna Vineyards Sangiovese 2003 Front Label
                  Luna Vineyards Sangiovese 2003
                  Sangiovese from Napa Valley, California
                    4.6 5 Ratings
                    Price per bottle
                    Currently Unavailable $23.99
                    Try the
                    23 99
                    23 99
                    Save $0.00 (0%)
                  • Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2003 Front Label
                    Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Rouge 2003
                    Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
                    • RP91
                    0.0 0 Ratings
                    Price per bottle
                    Currently Unavailable $25.99
                    Try the 2018 Vintage 36 99
                    25 99
                    25 99
                    Save $0.00 (0%)
                  • Robert Sinskey Merlot 2003 Front Label
                    Robert Sinskey Merlot 2003
                    Merlot from Carneros, California
                      0.0 0 Ratings
                      Price per bottle
                      Currently Unavailable $34.99
                      Try the
                      34 99
                      34 99
                      Save $0.00 (0%)
                    • Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2003 Front Label
                      Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2003
                      Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
                      • RP92
                      0.0 0 Ratings
                      Price per bottle
                      Currently Unavailable $33.99
                      Try the
                      33 99
                      33 99
                      Save $0.00 (0%)
                    • Moon Mountain Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
                      Moon Mountain Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
                      • WE92
                      0.0 0 Ratings
                      Price per bottle
                      Currently Unavailable $41.99
                      Try the
                      41 99
                      41 99
                      Save $0.00 (0%)
                    • Bodegas Muga Reserva 2003 Front Label
                      Bodegas Muga Reserva 2003
                      Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
                      • W&S94
                      3.6 5 Ratings
                      Price per bottle
                      Currently Unavailable $27.99
                      Try the 2017 Vintage 27 99
                      27 99
                      27 99
                      Save $0.00 (0%)
                    • Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2003 Front Label
                      Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2003
                      Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
                        0.0 0 Ratings
                        Price per bottle
                        Currently Unavailable $28.99
                        Try the
                        28 99
                        28 99
                        Save $0.00 (0%)
                      • Clark-Claudon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
                        Clark-Claudon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
                          0.0 0 Ratings
                          Price per bottle
                          Currently Unavailable $71.97
                          Try the
                          71 97
                          71 97
                          Save $0.00 (0%)
                        • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
                          Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                          Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
                            4.2 15 Ratings
                            Price per bottle
                            Currently Unavailable $85.00
                            Try the 2017 Vintage 75 99
                            85
                            85
                            Save $0.00 (0%)
                          • Vietti Barbera d'Asti La Crena 2003 Front Label
                            Vietti Barbera d'Asti La Crena 2003
                            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
                            • RP93
                            • WS90
                            0.0 0 Ratings
                            Price per bottle
                            Currently Unavailable $7.99
                            Try the
                            35
                            7 99
                            Save $27.01 (77%)
                          • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2003 Front Label
                            Cayuse Armada Syrah 2003
                            Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                            • RP99
                            • WE97
                            0.0 0 Ratings
                            Price per bottle
                            Currently Unavailable $199.00
                            Try the
                            199
                            199
                            Save $0.00 (0%)
                          • Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2003 Front Label
                            Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2003
                            Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
                              0.0 0 Ratings
                              Price per bottle
                              Currently Unavailable $12.99
                              Try the
                              12 99
                              12 99
                              Save $0.00 (0%)
                            • Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 Front Label
                              Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
                              • RP94
                              0.0 0 Ratings
                              Price per bottle
                              Currently Unavailable $38.99
                              Try the
                              43 99
                              38 99
                              Save $5.00 (11%)
                            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

                            Search for ""

                            Processing Your Order...