Organic Wine - Additives

Thank you for your interest in our organic wine additivess.

Harris Organic is the only certified organic vineyard in Perth.

Legal Wine Additives

We do not use unnatural wine additives in our organic wines and that's why we make the best organic wine.

Our wines are suitable for vegetarians, vegans and low sodium diets.

Our red wine shiraz and malbec and preservative free dessert natural wines are un-fined and unfiltered, providing you with an organic wine as natural as possible.

At Harris Organic Wine we do not add ANY of the following additives listed below to our organic wine although they are legal additives commonly used in Australian wines. As our grapes are organically grown to certified organic specifications, you can enjoy pure wines without any herbicide, chemical fertiliser or pesticide residues.

Do organic wines have additives?

Organic wines are free of residual traces of vineyard chemicals such as plant growth regulators, pesticides, chemical fertiliser and herbicide residues. Also, Australian certified organic wines don't contain potentially harmful cellar additives such as PVPP, flavoring or coloring agents.

List of Wine Additives

Here is a list of wine additives; we do not use.

  • Activated carbon
  • Agar
  • Alginates, calcium and potassium salts
  • Argon
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Calcium tartrate
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Cellulose
  • Collagen
  • Cupric citrate on a bentonite base
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Dimethylpolysiloxane
  • Egg white
  • Gelatine
  • Isinglass – Fish bladder
  • Nitrogen
  • Oxygen
  • Perlite
  • Phytates
  • Polyvinyl polypyrrolidone - PVPP
  • Potassium ferrocyanide
  • SMS - sulphide
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Thiamin chloride*
  • Thiamin hydrochloride*
  • Vitamin C

  • Duncan Harris
  • Organic Wine Additives
  • Form One Planet
  •  Certified Organic Wine

Here are a few photos of our vineyard.

Here are some useful tips on vegan and natural wines: Wines that are unfined and unfiltered, that is they have no additives, are generally classed as natural or vegan wines.

Wines with no animal additives and filtered only with sterile filters (ceramic filters) or cross-flow filters are also vegan friendly. Be sure to check with the producer.
Several large wineries use sterile filters instead of animal products.
Some wineries use bentonite clay to remove long chain maolecules from white wines instead of milk or isinglass and other animal products.

Biodynamic wines can not be made in a vegan way even when they are unfined since the farming process uses animal bones (for special compost mixtures) it negates this.

If a wine is certified organic, that doesn’t guarantee it’s vegan, please ask at the cellar door or read the back label for information.

Wines without additives

Check out this paper written by Creina Stockley from the Australian Wine Research Institute on wine additives, particularly sulphur dioxide.
Adverse reactions to additives in wine

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