Ever since we launched our clean wine program, we’ve curated dozens of incredible (and sustainable) sips from around the world. Whether you’re looking for West Coast bottles, old-world varietals from France or Spain, or you’re eager to travel to South Africa or New Zealand, there's wine for every palate and every occasion. Plus, we avoid many common additives found in commercial wine (like copper sulfate, Velcorin, and added sugar). Here’s why we’re so adamant about higher standards: According to the Food and Drug Administration, wines don’t have to disclose what’s inside the bottle, and it’s estimated that 60 chemical materials can be legally added to wine, and are not required to be printed on labels. So, what makes a wine clean? Let’s take a closer look at our guidelines.
What Is Clean Wine?
For a wine to be considered for our program, it has to abide by a certain set of standards:
- Biodynamic, organic, or verified sustainable farming practices
- Developed with minimal intervention
- Sourced from small and mid-size producers
- Minimal to no irrigation whenever possible
- No added sugar
- Low sulfites whenever possible
- No flash pasteurization
- No oak chips, staves (thick oak sticks), or flavorings
- No use of dimethyl dicarbonate (DMDC)
Not only do the wines have to make it past this detailed list, but each bottle is tasted and vetted by our Master Sommelier before being offered as part of our Clean Wine program.
Top Clean Wine Producers
Meet some of the top clean wine producers from around the world.
Asado Cruz is a family winery run by the Viscomis. The property dates back to 1975, and everyone takes a hands-on approach to grape growing. Small batches are the norm, everyone pitches in during harvest, and interventions are rare (if used at all).
From an early age, winemaker Frédéric Moureau was working in the vines alongside his grandfather, who was also a winemaker. After college and apprenticeship at nearby vineyards, Moureau returned to his family’s roots in the Loire Valley. This estate is all about minimalism and embraces biodiversity, avoids chemicals, and uses farming practices like compost and cover crops to boost the soil.
At 100 acres, Domaine Valand hails from France’s well-known Côtes du Rhône region. Winemakers Marie-Christine Andrieu and Pascal Valadier started the operation in 1986, when they only owned 14 acres, and have grown the organic winery over several decades.
Best Clean Wines
You can’t go wrong with these bottles—they’re some of our best clean wine picks!
Las Cepas Rioja Costalarbol 2017
Grilled steak is the ideal pairing for this Spanish Rioja. The bottle blends three grapes and offers a balanced approach to fruit and acidity.
Agharta Pinot Noir 2018
Agharta’s Pinot Noir was blended on California’s Central Coast, and offers aromas of orange peel and cherry alongside a whisper of oak.
How to Pair Wine and How to Cook With Wine
Learn the basics for pairing wine and adding a splash to your dishes—it’s all on the blog.
Tips for Cooking With Wine
Cooking with wine doesn’t have to be complicated. Our straightforward tips will help you ace the recipe every time. For example: only cook with a wine you’d happily drink!
Affordable Summer Wines
Here’s our clean wine guide—summer edition! When the heat is on, we’ve got the best bottles to chill all season long.
Wine Pairing Tips From a Master Sommelier
Our Master Sommelier Josh Nadel shares his best tips for making the right pairing choices every time. No formal training necessary!