When the wine has sulfates in it, it is going to be the preservatives that are used to prevent the browning and discoloration of the wine. Therefore, inside of the wine it is going to be known as sulphites. These preservatives have been use in wine for many centuries. They will range between six and 6,000 ppm that can be found in a variety of different foods that we eat on a regular basis like trail mix, canned tuna, cheese, pizza dough, deli meat, gelatin, jams, and some prescription pills. But wine is one of the only products that is going to state that the sulphites on the label.

Based on some studies, there is only a small amount of people in the United States that are allergic to these preservatives. This means that it is going to be very rare that a person is going to have a severe reaction to it. But if you are going to have a reaction that it might be common for you to have a hive, red or blotchy skin, or cramps. Based on research, it is suggested that the wines are organically grown compared to the more conventional wines are going to produce these symptoms.

It is not known to cause headaches in people who are drinking the wine with these preservatives. Most of the time, the sulphites are going to be added to the white wines and people are often going to complain about headaches after drinking the red wine. This is because all of the different chemicals that can be found inside of the red wines. There is not a lot of information that is known about the sulphites and how people are going to react to them but people are doing a lot more research on them to find out more.


There are different levels of the sulphites that can be found in wine that are going to be measured in parts per million or ppm. Most of the time, in the United States the wines are permitted to have up to 350 ppm inside of it. But for the wine to be considered organic, then it is going to be limited to 100 ppm or lower. The wines will normally have between 40ppm to 80 ppm. By the current USDA organic Standard, the wine most have only naturally occurring sulphites in order for it to be known as sulphite free organic wine.

On the 1st of January, 1987, the United States mandated that all of the wines that contain more than 10ppm sulfites inside of it, whether or not it was added or occurs naturally will need to have contains sulphites on their label. This law was put into place in order to warn a small amount of the population that is allergic to sulfites when buying wine online.

Organic Wine

Based on history, the organically grown grapes are going to be the only wines that can be known as organic wines. The main thing that will bind the wine together is that they have been 100 percent certified organically grown grapes. The definition of an wine is going to be based on the part of country that you live in. But most of the time, it is going to mean that the grapes received a reputable and third party certification agency. This means that the grapes were produced that are 100 percent organically grown and free of any chemicals. Therefore, it is also not going to have any pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or insecticides. The wine was made by only using natural methods when it came to getting rid of any of the pests that the vineyard could have.


In order for a wine to be considered organic, then it is going to need to be made with organically grown grapes that have been certified. But depending on the country, for legal and commercial purposes, there are going to be some guidelines that is going to determine the wine is actually organic or not. For example, in the United States and the USDA of NOP, the natural organic program), the organic wine is going to be a wine that is made of organically grown grapes that don't have any sulphites in them. Therefore, most of the wines that we have been drinking that we have been thinking of as wine is technically wines that have been made with organic grapes. This could also be known as organically grown wines because they are going to have 100 ppm of the sulphites inside of the wine.

When we are talking about an organically made wine, then we are going to be referring to the wine that has been made certified organically grown grapes that have been using a small amount of the added sulphites as a preservative. This is the definition that the countries like Canada, Europe, and other countries that made wine unless it in the United States. This is because all of these countries are going to monitor the amount of sulphites that are inside of the wine.

When there is sulfur dioxide inside of the wine, it is going to occur naturally as a by product during the process of fermentation. This is one of the main reasons why the sulphites have been added to the wines for hundreds of years as a preservative. The ancient Greeks have texts that refer to sulfur having a lot of beneficial properties inside of the wine. This is one of the main reasons why most of the commercial wines are going to have sulphites inside of them. The sulphites are something that is needed in order to preserve the wine for a long period of time. Therefore, if it occurs naturally, it is only going to allow the wines that are free of sulphites to be considered organic. This is something that can be very confusing to a lot of people even the people who drank a lot of wine and know a lot about wine.