Our vineyard and winery are certified organic. Records and practices are regularly inspected by a third party accredited organic organization to ensure that we comply with the Canadian Organic Standards. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency accredits these inspections and controls the Canadian Organic Logo, a rising maple leaf, that all of our certified organic wines proudly bear.
Sulfite – all wines contain naturally occurring sulfites produced from yeast during ferment. In Canada, the Standards allow for augmentation of this natural stabilizing effect with the addition of a small amount of sulfur dioxide, the natural form of sulfite as opposed to the chemical form used by conventional wineries. The Standards limit sulfite levels to about half of conventional wines.
Natural cork – All of our wines have natural cork. Sustainably harvested, wine corks have an important impact in the sustainable conservation of forest. The International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) has officially recognized the role of natural cork closures in reducing greenhouse gases.
Beeswax – Organic winemaking also means taking an active role in the end use of packaging. We reduce the environmental impact of unnecessary packaging by using simple beeswax to finish the closure seal instead of a plastic, aluminum or lead capsule
Vegan – Our sparkling wines are suitable for a vegan diet. We do not use animal-based riddling agents to help move yeast lees down the bottle neck during the riddling process. We do not use gelatin in any of our wines and only egg whites in some of our still wines.
Sorbate – potassium sorbate, or sorbic acid, is a preservative used in many conventional wines to guard against yeast refermentation in the bottle. It is most often added to wines with residual sweetness and artificially carbonated wines. Organic winemaking does not allow the use of sorbate. None of our wines have sorbate added.