Centralas wine is always made from grapes grown in organically or biodynamically farmed vineyards. That’s a guarantee. It’s the foundation of what we do, because it is the reason we do it.
Additionally, we seek out vineyards that don’t just following the letter of the organic law, but that also proactively protect and enhance the health of the earth and environment in which they are grown. We value regenerative, no-till, dry-farmed viticulture in collaboration with animals and all creatures (insects, microbes). We value the health and well-being of the humans who work in the vineyards, and we promote viticulture that provides living wages and benefits for everyone involved.
This gives you a liberating, environmentally positive, and uniquely high quality wine drinking experience. Check out our blog post “Does Organic Wine Taste Better?” to learn more about why we think its important to use organically grown grapes. If you want this kind of wine drinking experience, please join our email list to receive updates about Centralas wine releases and events.
Most wine is grown using lots of synthetic chemicals, many of which are poisonous and harmful to both us and the environment, some of which are too new to know the long-term effects. Centralas wine is for people who understand that we humans and the environment are actually the same thing, not separate entities. You can’t put poison into the environment without putting it into yourself.
We are as passionate about supporting agriculture that is part of the solution to our environmental issues as we are about wine. Lucky for us (and you!) both passions blend beautifully. You can drink our wine without worrying about supporting the production and use of harmful chemicals.
Organic and biodynamic viticulture start by eliminating harmful or “TBD” synthetic chemicals. No system is perfect, but organic & biodynamic viticulture are the best we have and a great step in the right direction.
In addition to being environmentally positive, organic and biodynamic viticulture require meticulous attention and a lot of hands-on care for the vines. Because of the added challenges to this kind of viticulture, vineyard sites must be carefully chosen for their natural quality and affinity for fine wine growing. These necessities result in grapes of uniquely high quality and expression of their essence and place.
If you don’t know what “biodynamic” means, you can think of it as organic plus a holistic approach to caring for the vineyard as part of its larger environment. It prescribes specific, organic composts and the use of the lunar calendar, as well as cooperation with animals in maintaining the health of the vineyard. Just like “organic,” it ensures that no harmful, synthetic chemicals were used. Because of this, and because more people are familiar with the term “organic,” we often use “organic” as the catch-all term for both kinds of viticulture.
Organic But Not Certified
Though we try to only work with vineyards that are certified organic or biodynamic, we will work with a vineyard that is not certified if we can see the records proving they have not used any pesticides that are not organically allowed, and after confirming that only composts and organic fertilizers are being used on the soil.
In other words, we verify that the vineyard could get certified organic if the grower wanted to.