What is the Good for the Soul and the Environment Series?

The Good for the Soul and the Environment series is meant to teach wine aficionados around the world about the growing organic and biodiverse wine industries right in their own backyard. Every week, we highlight a different winery in a different country. We have been to the ancient land of Israel, the Old World country of Italy and this week let me take you to the New World land of the red, white and blue, America. We are going to explore “America’s first organic and biodynamic winery”, Frey Vineyards.

All about Frey Vineyards: America’s First Organic and Biodynamic Winery

Frey Vineyards produces vegan, gluten-free wines with no added sulfites, yeast or other fermentation ingredients and they have been doing it since 1980, before it was even popular. Now before you say “vegan, gluten free wine? yuck I’m not drinking that” check out the long list of awards and medals these delicious wines have earned.

Organic Wines vs Biodynamic Wines: What’s the difference?

Frey Vineyards is a third generation family run vineyard which grows and produces organic (1. organic growing methods (no chemicals) and 2. organically produced (no sulfites)) and biodynamic wines. Now you may remember from our first article that while not all organic wineries are biodynamic, usually a biodynamic winery is organic because it fits in with their environmental philosophy. Frey sees their vineyard as an ecosystem and incorporates this all encompassing view into their farming methods (For more details about this refer back to our previous articles Intro and Castello Di Tassarolo they give more indepth explanations).

Being a biodynamic vineyard, Frey Vineyards is both a living vineyard and an unspoiled, natural habitat for plants and animals. They also believe in supporting other environmental causes, for example they are part of the campaign to stop putting GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in food and drinks. They are also addressing the international honey bee crisis by having bee colonies on their property. They use the bees to pollinate the plants and flowers growing around the vineyard (grape flowers themselves do not need bee pollination to grow fruit). They also don’t use the colonies to mass produce honey, which means the bees have enough honey for their colonies and no stress is placed on the bees’ production.

“As stewards of the land, we emphasize producing organic wine and biodynamic wine of the highest quality while caring for planet and palate alike.” – Frey Vineyards

Next time we will highlight the Siegel Wine Label in Chile which has come up with a sustainability policy incorporating protection of the environment, ensuring quality, and guaranteeing occupational health and safety for their employees.

Until then be good to your soul and the environment, enjoy a nice glass of sustainable, biodynamic or organic wine!

Want to learn more about vineyards and winemaking?

Good for the Soul and the Environment: Tishbi Winery, Israel

Good for the Soul and the Environment: Castello di Tassarolo, Italy

Good for the Soul and the Environment: An Introduction to Wine and the Environment

Origins of Wine 301: Terroir