10 Of The Best Organic Wines Without Sulfites


In an ‘ideal world’, winemakers wouldn’t sell wine without added sulfites until they’d truly mastered their art. They’d make sure that consumers had a satisfying experience of sulfite-free wine, and they’d uphold the good reputation that organic wine is establishing.

For those new to organic wine, there is a big difference between the quality of organic wine made with sulfites, and organic wine made without.

organic grapesOrganic winemakers have available to them the best raw materials: vital, flavorsome organic grapes. These organic or biodynamic grapes have been farmed in a way that protects the environment, benefiting the health of everyone involved, from farmer to drinker. Most organic wines have small amounts of added sulfites to protect them from spoilage – a ‘non organic’ compromise to ensure a high quality organic wine. I’m all for that. It really drives me nuts when I hear about people getting turned off organic wine because an irresponsible winemaker made a funky, foul-tasting brew. The health and environmental benefits of organic farming are too important to jeopardize for ‘sulfite’ fanaticism.

Still, at the same time, it makes sense that people would want to try sulfur-free, and certainly for people with allergies it allows them to continue to enjoy wine. So in the interest of protecting organic wine’s good name, here’s a list of organic wines made without added sulfites that have a solid reputation. In most cases (hedging!) they’ll live up to the high standards you can expect from a wine made with organic grapes.

Bear in mind that even a well made sulfur-free wine is going to be a little different from regular wines you may have tasted before. The absense of sulfur leaves a wine naked and open to displaying all its idiosyncracies. It can be a fun tasting adventure.

coturri organic zin Coturri Winery

Let’s start with what is probably the cream of the crop in wines without sulfites from the US. Coturri has an outstanding reputation for making excellent sulfur-free organic wines. This is the kind of skillful winemaking that is needed – an art that’s been refined by Tony and Phil Coturri over the last 45 years. Coturri is based in Sonoma, and is probably best known for its Zinfandel. View their vineyard profile and find their wines.

marcel lapierre morgon

Marcel Lapierre

Marcel Lapierre, who passed away this week, was one of the great characters of french winemaking. He and his son Mathieu made incredible Beaujolais together, and I’m sure Mathieu will continue to do so. Not to be confused with the light-weight strawberry-like Beaujolais nouveau, Lapierre’s Beaujolais are solid wines with great character. Look out for the Morgon. View Lapierre’s profile and find their wines.

Stellar Organics

Sulfur free organic wine from South Africa. Stellar is a fairtrade company with 25% of the company owned by its workers. They produce a range of sulfur free wines in red, white, rose and sparkling and are the UK’s best selling organic wine brand. Watch a video that explains how the winery works and find their wine.

frey vineyard

Frey Vineyards

Frey has been making organic wine without sulfites for 30 years. All their wines are sulfur free and they approach winemaking ‘sans sulfites’ with an almost misisonary zeal! Frey’s philosophy is that with healthy organic fruit and careful winemaking there is no need for sulfur. Frey farms both organically and biodynamically and they produce a wide range of varietals including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. I particularly enjoyed the Zinfandel and the Petite Sirah. Wines are reasonably priced in the $10-$20 range. Find their wines.

sparticoSpartico No Sulfur Added

Here’s something a bit different, and with a drop of Mediterranean sunshine in the bottle: a sulfur free organic Tempranillo from Spain. Rated as a best buy and 85 points by Wine Enthusiast. Tasting notes “pure blackberry and cherry flavors…modest, but fresh and untainted” – definitely a big plus in sulfur free wine. A good deal at around the $12 mark. Find this wine

Battle of Bosworth Preservative Free

One of Australia’s best organic producers makes this preservative free Organic Shiraz. It’s made without oak aging and designed to be drunk young. May be hard to find outside of Australia.

Pierre Frick

I had the pleasure of meeting Jean-Pierre Frick at Millesime Bio 2011 and tasted through his wines, many of which are sulfur free. The vineyard is located in Alsace and produces absolutely exquisite wines, with fragrant bouquets that will enrapture you. Jean-Pierre has really mastered sulfur free wine making, and I actually found that I enjoyed his sulfur free wines even more than his others. View vineyard profile and find wines.

Terre des ChardonsTerre des Chardons

Another of my favorites from Millesime Bio, Terre des Chardons makes the most fantastic Syrah/Grenache blends. Located on the border of the Rhone and Languedoc-Roussillon regions in the South of France, their wines elegant and refined – with a little less intensity than other Rhone blends. Look out for the ‘Marginal’. View vineyard profile and find wines.


Check out these other producers that make sulfur free (note that not all wines are produced without sulfites, so check the labels):

Domaine Breton – try the “Nuits d’Ivresse”

Dominique Derain

The Organic Wine Works

Badger Mountain

Domaine Viret

Christian Ducroux

 

26 Responses to “10 Of The Best Organic Wines Without Sulfites”

  1. John Lang says:

    We stock a full range of the fabulous Domain Viret wines as mentioned, as well as several wines from Frey Vineyards. We will be adding some of their reds on our next order. We also represent Chile’s first certified organic winery – Teillery, who produced Chile’s first ever no added sulphite wine last year, a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon (which we stock of course). We also stock three of their ultra low sulphite organic reds which are superb. And finally Domain Viret have made a wine for us which is we believe a world first. It is a white wine with just a trace of added sulphur (required to maintain sufficient acidity) designed to appeal to the UK palate and have sufficient acidity to pair with food. It will be ready for release in February 2012. Otherwise check out our website http://www.goodwineonline.co.uk for plenty of info on natural, sulphite free wines.

  2. VILLA LUPARA says:

    dear ser,

    i’m a wine maker from south of italy, i make a very very good wine, white and red, we are also in a Veronelli gold guide 2012, we are organic certified by ICEA and NOP
    i wanna send you a sample…..

    BEST REGARDS

  3. David says:

    I live in Dublin Ireland can I get wine here that contain no sulfites?

  4. [...] and minimize your environmental impact by choosing organic and biodynamic wines, organic liquors and locally-brewed beers. Up for a [...]

  5. [...] Avoid the chemicals used in conventional farming and minimize your environmental impact by choosing organic and biodynamic wines, organic liquors and locally-brewed beers. Up for a little mixology? Check out our makeover of [...]

  6. Farah says:

    I am from Umhlanga in South Africa Durban KZN.Im looking for stockists of all red & shite organic/non sulfate wines. Kindly assist with information.

  7. erika says:

    There’s a new No Sulfites Prosecco around! I tried it in Portland, Maine: Animae Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene Docg, by Perlage from Italy… 5 stars in Decanter magazine 2 months ago, super amazing!!!!
    the website is great too, is http://www.perlagewines.com , I love bubbles!

  8. Hi there, We would like to be included in your list of preservative free wines. Since 1995 we have made preservative free dessert wines, with no added sulphides/sulphur dioxide, no fining, no filtering, no fortification. We have four varieties, Pedro Ximenez, Muscat, Tokay and Shiraz. Although we are isolated on the west coast of Australia, we have a lot of interest from patrons in the USA. However we are unable to import it directly to US citizens. If there is a US wine importer interested in our products please contact me at [email protected] regards Duncan Harris.
    PS we also make certified organic brandy and fortified “Vintage Shiraz” (port).

  9. Hello There;

    Teillery Winery is the first winery in south america to produce and commerciialize this kind of wines.

    How do I get to be included in your list?

    Kind regards,

    Manuel Cornejo
    Marketing & Sales Manager

  10. Devin Luckner says:

    I saw a lot of website but I think this one has got something special in it in it

  11. Alberto says:

    If you like Prosecco, I suggest Animae which I was told, is the unique organic Prosecco no sulphites added from italian winery Perlage…I tried it in San Franciso and is one of the best proseccos I ever had and it’s no sulphites! Amazing, creamy, little champagne taste but much cheaper than a champagne…very good, bravo italia

  12. David says:

    As I am completely fed-up with being continually poisoned with all the additives that are put in food and drink I have found this site after a Google search for sulfite free red wine.

    My question is, can I buy such a product locally in Cornwall UK?

    Failing that, mail order would be the next best alternative, however, not wishing to buy too many bottles at a time, out of respect for my liver ;-) I would much prefer a local source.

    David

  13. Luca Pitino says:

    I try few wines from Terrasol (Sicily), called “Memorie della Terra”.
    It’s a beautiful expression of no sulfites wines.

  14. [...] and the costs associated with sustainable practices. If you are interesting in trying out great organic wines without sulfites, look for bottles from Frey Vineyards and Coturri Winery. Over the past few decades, they have [...]

  15. Dina says:

    Thank you so much for writing this post. I have recently been injured and as a result now suffer migraines. I’ve also noticed that now whenever I drink any type of wine with sulfates in it I get a migraine from the sulfates; which wasn’t the case prior to my injury. But I find now, I must be extra particular in choosing wine.

    So, thank you for this list. It will surely save me time having to scour through labels on my own.

Leave a Reply