Do you have any Natural Wines?
This is a question that we are often asked by customers. And the answer isn’t always so easy. What does Natural mean to You? I think the movement of natural wines comes from a place where we all want products that don’t have any added ingredients to “make” them taste better. We are looking for organic/sustainable/minimal intervention products that are good for our environment and good for us!
One of the problems is that there is no formal definition of what a natural wine is.
Here are all the factors that are considered in natural wine production:
- Unfiltered/Unfined- In some cases you will be able to see sediment in the bottle. It could be cloudy, but not necessarily.
- Organic and or Biodynamic Farming. No pesticides and no chemicals!
- Hand Harvested. Grapes can be selected by hand and thereby can be of a higher quality.
- Native Yeast. Nothing added to begin the fermentation process.
- Minimal or no added Sulfur. Sulfites are naturally occurring in wine and necessary for preservation, but only the bare minimum or none is added during the winemaking process.
If a winemaker is observing all these practices in his farming and winemaking, we indicate this by placing a small green leaf sticker on the bottle.
Some of the natural winemakers represented in our Shop:
- Dirty and Rowdy- California
- Broc Cellars- California
- Maitre de Chai-California
- Folias de Baca- Portugal
- Valle de Capucha- Portugal
In some cases, a winemaker is working toward being natural but may still have to add yeast or does filter/fine their wine. If a winemaker is at a minimum practicing sustainable/organic/biodynmic farming, we acknowledge this by adding a blue leaf sticker to the bottle.
Natural winemaking is a growing trend in the marketplace, and we love to support all our natural winemakers around the world.
Look for more information to come on these beautiful wines.