Le Connaisseur is one of the largest suppliers of organic wine in the Benelux, with over 300 organic wines in its range.
A winegrower who produces organic wine does not use chemical or synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. It is the intention that a biological balance is established in its vineyards, so that these chemical agents are not necessary. The way in which this is achieved differs per winegrower and region and is of course also closely related to the climate. The winegrower stimulates the vine's resistance and ensures that the vine can withstand the attacks of natural enemies such as insects and fungi as well as possible. The soil is provided with organic fertilizer and compost and mechanical tillage is carried out as restrained and carefully as possible, so as not to damage the natural balance.
The aim is to achieve the best possible yield from the vine rather than a maximum yield, quality over quantity. This creates a healthy, natural balance in the vineyard, resulting in a long and even yield. In emergencies, the winegrower only uses pesticides on a natural basis (herbs), supplemented with sulfur, lime or copper if necessary. Strict rules apply to the permitted quantities.
After the harvest, the organic winemaker is hardly allowed to use any traditional aids or purification products. The wines are therefore almost always cleared with bentonite (a naturally occurring sodium clay). The amount of sulfur (sulphite) that is added to keep the wine stable and to prepare it for transport is at least one third below the allowable amount in traditional viticulture. Often even less sulfur is used and in some cases no sulfur is added at all. At least the EU guidelines apply to every organic winery, which specifies exactly which aids can and cannot be used in the production of wine.