Recently, I had the honor to plan an event for CCOF, California Certified Organic Farmers, in Southern California. This event included a tasting with organic wines, beer and Tequilla from our area. I was inspired by the organic movement and the team that promotes this message. We have several wineries in our region that use organic vineyards and one that produces the wine organically. This winery is The Organic Wine Works.
About the Organic Wine Works – “The Organic Wine Works” product line, which is proudly produced by Hallcrest Vineyards, features unsulfited wine for those with allergic sensitivities. Americans have become increasingly sophisticated and discriminating about how they live, eat and play, within an ever changing world. One of the most pressing concerns regarding our health and environment is the use of chemicals and pesticides in the products we eat and drink. Wine is an agricultural product in which the use of chemicals, pesticides and added preservatives have increasingly become an issue to the consumer. Over the years, many wines have been released claiming that they are “Organic”, but confusion still exists about just what constitutes an organic wine. While some wines are produced from grapes that are organically grown, most still have added sulfites and other preservatives that may cause allergic reactions or other health problems for sensitive people.
The Organic Wine Works wines are not only produced from organically grown grapes, but are organically processed as well. We are one of two vintners that produces an organic, unsulfited wine that is nationally distributed and the first winery to release 100% certified organically processed wines in the United States.
The Organic Wine Works has taken on a challenge that the rest of the industry has virtually ignored; producing quality wines that can be enjoyed by wine lovers who are sensitive to sulfites.
Growing grapes without the use of chemicals is an environmentally conscious step. The Organic Wine Work’s feels that it is just as important for the winemaker to make the same efforts to maintaining the integrity of the “organic” concept.
Shannon worked as the Director of Operations for the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrower’s Association for approximately 13 years. Shannon has brought wine events of all kinds to the area in an effort to excite interest in the local wines and food. She loves watching people from all over enjoying the region’s wine and witnessing the local vintners businesses grow and prosper.