For a few years now, the term “organic” has become the latest trend in the food and beverage markets all around the world. Originating first in European countries and the US, the phenomenon has now reached other parts of the world such as South America.
In its original definition, organic products are all about producing with methods that rely on the principles of organic farming which can be described as eco-friendly practices that induces the non-usage of pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, or fungicides that could damage or threaten biodiversity.
Today I will be writing about a product that has gone through an increase in the production of its organic version which has outpaced its non-organic version. This product is wine.
Indeed, during the past seven years the worldwide production of organic wine has almost tripled. At the beginning of the movement, organic winegrowers were considered to be eccentrics trying to produce a dreamed wine from grapes thought of as being poor quality. But with the growing concern of consumers for the environment and the consumption of healthy products free of any form of chemical products, organic wine-growing rapidly became a great success.
But a question we could ask is: What makes organic wineries different from the others? To get the answer, let’s look at Emiliana Organic Winery located in Chile’s Casablanca Valley.
Santa Emiliana Vineyards and Wineries were first created in 1986 as a common winery, but in 1998 Rafael and José Guilisasti decided to change their practices and develop organic and biodynamic agriculture in order to produce their own wines. This change was a great success and the winery became the first in Chile to be registered as ISO 14001, earning them a certification from IMO for the quality of its organic production and grapes. Starting from here, Emiliana Vineyards and Wineries continued to earn worldwide recognition, winning prizes and certifications for its organic and eco-friendly production systems, including the “Best in Show” and “Best Blend” awards for its Coyam 2001 wine in 2003, the biodynamic certification from Demeter in Latin America for its wine Gê 2003, and the “Green Winery of the Year” award from the English magazine “Drinks Business” in 2012.
Emiliana’s one and only sentence that clearly sums up its engagement in sustainable development is: “Let nature get back to work”.
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More than just guaranteeing the natural origins of its products, the winery also wants to act for the well-being of its workers and the community by sharing with them its ethical principles, which are defined as: “Honesty, Loyalty, Responsibility, Legal Compliance, Protection of Confidential Information, Transparency, and Protection of the Environment”.
Based on these beliefs, the vineyards and wineries are open to the public. The company also organizes wine tours to share its wonderful experience and Emiliana’s passion for the environment.
During these tours, visitors get the chance to walk around the grounds, picnic in the gardens, enjoy the company of native animals that are important actors in the sustainability of the lands, taste premium organic wines with the direction of fine connoisseurs, and even make their own organic wine blend. Check out our article on how to correctly taste wine.
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