It’s harvest time—the season of pumpkins, apples and a cornucopia of other autumn fruits and veggies. However, harvest wouldn’t be complete without one of our other favorite things – wine! In true fashion, we’re toasting the season with our organic wines.

While we love wine in general, we believe that the best wine—for you and the environment—is organic. That’s why we only serve wines produced using organic and biodynamic farming methods. In fact, so important are wine and sustainability to our founder Alain Coumont that he even produces organic wine on his own property in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France!

Alain Coumont - Montpellier

It all started with our RN13 wine, a collaborative effort between Alain and Gilles Valeriani, which is served in most Le Pain Quotidien locations in the US and even around the world! Organic and biodynamic, this easy-drinking “vin de grande table” comes in white, rosé and red.

These days, RN13 is produced not too far from Alain’s property, and a new project – Opi d’Aqui – has taken hold at the Coumont residence. Also an organic and biodynamic wine, Opi d’Aqui is produced in partnership with winemaker Philippe Formentin. The light Les Cliquets Grenachewhich we offer in a handful of our New York locations, smells of strawberry and has hints of thyme, rosemary and mint.

RN 13

Why choose organic wine?

Just like any other organic produce, conventional wine grapes are cultivated using pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers, whereas organic grapes are not. As a result, organic wine growers rely on a variety of creative solutions, like cover crops and composting to fend of pests and support soil nutrition naturally.

Planting cover crops between the vine rows – from clover, peas and barley to beautiful flowering species like poppies, mustard or white allysum – not only adds to the natural beauty of the landscape, but controls pest populations by attracting and providing habitats for beneficial insects.

Gruner Veltliner - Double

This concept of a vineyard being more than merely a series of vines, and rather an interdependent ecosystem, is a style of agriculture known as biodynamics. With this approach, farmers work to establish a well functioning system of flora and fauna on their land to support the growth of their grapes. Biodynamic viticulture also implies adhering to the old practice of sowing and harvesting with the phases of the moon.

Last, but not least, organic wine is also low in sulfites—salty, sulfurous acids that naturally occur in wine, yet are added as preservatives in larger amounts in conventional wine. Consume fewer sulfites, and your head will surely thank you for it!

So, whether you come in for happy hour or for a sweet end to your day, try one of these organic wines – we can’t think of a more relaxing way to do our part for the planet!