‘The range in Ireland is terrific’: Four organic wines to look out for

It's about more than just what's in the bottle when you're buying organic wine

Organic wine is now an accepted part of the mainstream wine business, and to many consumers a sign that a producer is serious about wine quality

Organic wine is now an accepted part of the mainstream wine business, and to many consumers a sign that a producer is serious about wine quality

Mary and Ivan Pawle celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mary Pawle Wines this year. It was then, and still is now, as far as I am aware, the only Irish wine importer working exclusively with organic wine.

Organic wine is now an accepted part of the mainstream wine business, and to many consumers a sign that a producer is serious about wine quality. Younger readers may not remember, but there was a time when it was viewed with great suspicion. “It was seen as something a bit odd. People were puzzled and bemused, sometimes sceptical. Some people thought we were selling country wines made from gorse and blackberries. It took a while to explain what organic meant. At that time, chemicals were generally being sprayed very liberally on vineyards. People are much more aware now and all growers are cutting back,” Mary says.

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