6 of Our Favourite Organic, Vegan, and Sustainable Wine Brands

Kira Simpson

If there’s one thing we all need, especially at this time of year, is a fully stocked wine fridge. And if you’re looking for your next drop that meets your sustainable values, you’ve come to the right place.

Not only are there so many organic, vegan, and natural wines on the market right now, many of them are actually affordable and easy to find at your local bottle shop.

Before we dive in, here’s a quick rundown of what these terms actually mean.

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Organic sustainable vegan wines Australia

Organic

​Organic winegrowing means no synthetic chemicals, including pesticides and herbicides, can be used in the vineyards to tackle pests and disease. Certification is provided by an independent third-party organisation. In Australia we have two main certifying bodies most winegrowers will use to prove that their wine is organic. These are Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA). The logo will be printed somewhere on the wine label.

Vegan

Wines will go through a filtering process called fining in order to clarify and stabilise their wines. Typical fining agents such as gelatin, isinglass, egg whites and milk proteins which are all derived from animals. In contrast, vegan-friendly wines are either fined with the help of natural materials such as bentonite clay, carbon and limestone, or completely unfined and unfiltered.

Natural

For a wine to be considered natural, winemakers must not add anything to the wine in the cellar that’s not naturally occurring – things like preservatives, additives, or chemicals. Similar to organic wines minus the official certifications – which can be an expensive process for small growers.

Sustainable

Sustainable wine refers to the farming and winemaking practices that winegrowers follow to reduce their environmental impact. They take into account things like waste management, energy and water conservation, protecting and enhancing the soil, and working with nature. Both Australia and New Zealand have national programs that work with winegrowers who are committed to becoming more sustainable. Taking it a step further, more brands are looking at ways they can reduce their carbon footprint with lower impact packaging and carbon neutral shipping.

Biodynamic

​Biodynamic wine is also organic and growers don’t use any chemicals or additives. The big difference here is that all activities in the vineyard, the planting, pruning, composting and harvesting are done according to a cosmic calendar, based on the lunar cycle and astrological events.

Here are just a few of our favourite sustainable, organic and vegan wine brands that don’t cost the earth.

Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is a sustainability advocate, climate optimist and founder, and editor of The Green Hub. Her own sustainable living journey began five years ago when she realised our choices matter. What we eat, where we shop, what we wear, how we live, these choices have the power to shape the kind of world we want to live in. Since launching The Green Hub in 2016 she has grown the blog to become a platform for sustainable fashion and conscious living helping people make lifestyle choices which are kinder to the planet.