Society now is more health-conscious than ever before. We’re more careful about what we put into our bodies, and we are more concerned about the planet we live on, wanting to pass a healthy culture on to future generations. This is why there is a growing market for preservative free wine. Made without the use of sulphur dioxide these wines are a purer option for drinkers who want to enjoy a truly authentic and socially responsible experience.
Veno has curated an outstanding collection of sulphite free wine to cater to this growing taste for a more natural wine. Sulphite is the common name for sulphur dioxide, a preservative often used in both red and white wines. While highly regulated and not harmful to most people, sulphite can trigger allergies in some drinkers.
What does the term "Preservative Free" really mean? Preservative agents exist naturally in wine. Alcohol, acidity, tannin, sulfites and carbon dioxide all work to some degree as naturally occurring preservative agents in wine. What winemakers mean when they emblazon a label with the term "Preservative Free" is that there are no additions of preservatives. Sulfur, sulfites or SO2 more precisely is the most commonly used preservative agent not just in wine but food more generally. It has been used as a preservative since Roman times.
There are very few of us who truly suffer from an allergic reaction to sulfur. The simplest test is to see if you react after consuming dried apricots. Dried apricots are loaded with SO2 whereas wine typically contains less than 60 parts per million. From what we understand the most common allergic reactions (stuffed nose, sneezing, flushed complexion and headache) are caused by naturally occurring histamines or by drinking too many glasses. Does "organic/biodynamic" mean preservative free? Sulfur (SO2) is permitted under both Organic and Biodynamic certification laws worldwide but most of our producers tend to have a mindset that means they keep additions to a minimum.
Sustainable winemakers prefer to use organic or biodynamic practices, which involve as little human intervention as possible. Nothing unnatural is added to the wine. This produces a purer wine with a host of subtle flavours, which can often be lost when preservatives are added.
Bringing preservative free wine to Australia
The trend for preservative free wine is growing rapidly throughout Australia, and Veno is proud to be at the forefront of this change. We offer a wide range of preservative free wines to cater for every taste, which we deliver Australia-wide.
Ordering is easy using our secure online process – and if you’re not completely happy with your product when you receive it, we offer a 30-day money back guarantee.
Browse our collection here, or please contact us if you would like to know more about any of the sustainable wines we sell.
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