Raise a Glass to Dry Farmed Wines

How you can help the world's fresh water supply one bottle of wine at a time

Today I want to take a moment to consider the impact winemaking has not just on our lives, but also on the world around us. It can be a very intensive type of farming, with many producers using fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, and significant amounts of carbon-based fuels during production, just to name the biggest factors.

One aspect of farming that is often overlooked is the use of water. While we are all in a tizzy when it comes to fossil flues and chemical additives used in farming, we often forget to examine the use of life’s most basic requirement: water.

I’m not going to belabor the point, water is a limited resource that is renewable to a certain extent, but our agricultural system is exploiting this resource faster than our aquifers can be refilled. So what should we do about it? There’s a lot we can do, but one thing we can do today, right now, is drink a bottle of wine made from dry farmed grapes. Here are five of my favorites.

Click here for the Dry Farmed Wines Slideshow.

— Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth