Winemakers around the world are waking up to the fact that natural farming practices produce healthier vineyards. More and more are opting for non-chemical techniques like rotating cover crops and hand hoeing weeds. Yet producers typically don't try to sell their wines as eco-friendly: Few labels say organic, Demeter (a term common in Europe) or biodynamic (the name of a serious-minded approach utilizing New Age-type methods that are gentle to the earth, such as farming according to the phases of the moon).
Are Eco-friendly Wines Better? You'd be hard-pressed to distinguish sustainably produced wines by taste. But it's reasonable to assume that a winemaker who devotes extra labor and expense to environmentally sound practices will turn out an honest wine.
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