Organic White Wine

(White) Ballarino | Vermentino | Italy | 2012

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A complex, structured and well-crafted creamy white wine. Floral with hints of eucalyptus and kitchen herbs followed by slight woody notes. Fresh on the palate, with a tasty mineral and savoury note. A very highly-rated natural wine that has won numerous awards. A wine that pairs just as well with salted egg yolk as it does with blue cheeses.

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Winemaker: Valdonica
Varietal: Vermentino
Style: Organic and vegan friendly. 2/3 whole bunch pressed and fermented in stainless steel; remaining 1/3 is left in contact with the skins for up to 2 months. Then blended after 12 months and left on lees for another 6 months in tank before being bottled.
Vintage: 2012
Alcohol: 13%
Sulfite Content: 51mg/l



Martin Kerres of Valdonica

“Valdonica happened to me, it was not planned. When looking for a small summer house Valdonica found me: I was touched to the bottom of my soul by the beauty of its nature! A few years later my life changed completely and I moved here – Valdonica has become my home.”

Dr. Martin Kerres, Valdonica

Using cutting-edge technology to make some of the best organic wines out there, Valdonica blends modernism with traditional Tuscan heritage. There’s a keen focus on the quality of the Tuscan soil, which is left untouched, producing delicious expressions of terroir in the wines. The uniqueness of Valdonica lies in the interplay of high altitude vineyards (up to 500 meters), the microclimate of the Mediterranean Sea, the volcanic soil and the spirit of their enthusiastic team.

Valdonica was born in 2008 with five wines made. From the vineyard to the bottle, the winemakers follow the flow of nature; fermenting in small batches with natural yeasts, and maturing in barriques or stainless steel. They continue to work with the greatest respect for nature, promoting minimal intervention but maximum flavour.


Organic wines need organic grapes, so farmers eschew the use of artificial pesticides, chemical fertilizers and herbicides. The US and EU, two of the most prominent bodies in the organic wine certification game, have different rules regarding ‘organic’, particularly concerning the cellaring practices (which relates to how wines are stored before getting into the bottle).

So wine can be made with organically-grown grapes but needs to use organic yeast and avoid sulfites to be a USDA-certified organic wine. Similarly, complex rules exist in the EU, but total sulfite levels are limited (rather than banned). In both cases, the entire winemaking facility – and not just the farm – has to use organic practices.

That might seem complicated, but it’s easier if you just stick to the golden rule: follow the organic certification rules in respective winemaking regions. If possible, try to learn about the winemaker to see how they comply with organic legislation (or organic methods) in their country. If you ever get the chance, a visit to an organic farm is a fantastic opportunity to understand the sustainable vision of organic farmers.


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