At Dan Murphy’s our range includes Organic and Biodynamic wines along with a number of Preservative Free (PF) and No Preservative Added (NPA) wines. With the Organic wine market being largely untapped, Dan Murphy’s is the answer when the “where can I buy organic wine” question is asked.
Organic and Biodynamic winemaking practices are becoming more widespread in Australia and around the world, with many winemakers citing the perceived vine health benefits that these practices deliver in the vineyard, ultimately resulting, they believe, in better quality wine. While others remain sceptical that improved wine quality can actually be demonstrated, the reduced reliance on synthetic chemicals in the vineyard, together with a greater understanding of vine and soil health, is generally seen as a positive advancement in viticulture by winemakers.
The trend towards organics has also been lead by consumers who wish to buy wine that has been made using organic and sustainable practices. The fresh food industry has seen the thirst for organic produce increase dramatically in recent years; therefore it is no surprise that consumers are looking to buy Organic wine in conjunction with their food purchases.
The simplest definition of Organic wine is wine made from grapes grown adopting the principles of Organic farming, namely without the use of artificial fertilisers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Although producers are increasingly adopting Organic practices, for Australian and New Zealand wine producers to label their wines as such requires certification.
Sharing the basic principles of Organic farming, Biodynamics adopts a holistic system of regenerative agriculture developed by the late Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner in the late 1920s. Two high quality wineries adopting biodynamic practices today are Cullen from the Margaret River and Gemtree from South Australia’s region of McLaren Vale.
Wine labelled as "Preservative Free" and "No Preservatives Added" are those which can be classified as organic. The most common of these additives – Sulpher Dioxide (SO2) – may still exist as it can be a natural by-product of fermentation. However this will generally be at miniscule levels, typically 10-15 parts per million or less, compared with most table wines around 100-150ppm. Dried fruit including apricots purportedly has as much as 3,000ppm.
Dan Murphy's supports the Responsible Service of Alcohol. New South Wales: Liquor Act 2007. It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years.Victoria: WARNING: Victoria Liquor Control Reform Act 1998: It is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (Penalty exceeds $7,000), for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor (Penalty exceeds $600). WARNING. Under the Liquor Control Act 1988, it is an offence: to sell or supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years on licensed or regulated premises; or for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase, or attempt to purchase, liquor on licensed or regulated premises.South Australia: Liquor Licensing Act 1997, Section 113. Liquor must NOT be supplied to persons under 18. Queensland: Under the Liquor Act 1992, it is an offence to supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years. For more specific legislation in your state or territory visit our Liquor Licensing Acts page. ABN 88 000 014 675.