WHAT'S NATURAL WINE?
Natural wines are wines made without the use of chemicals, additives and overly technological procedures. This includes chemicals in the field, such as herbicides and pesticides, as well as any of the almost 200 allowed additives that are legally permitted in wine. It includes many technological manipulations of wine that we think erase the individuality of the product and the place it comes from. The grapes must be farmed organically and/or biodynamically, and the juice must be spontaneously fermented without the use of additives or technological manipulations. Our definition of natural wine is very simple: natural wine is made of grape juice and little else.
*The key aspects of what we consider to be a natural wine are:
- Vineyards farmed organically and/or biodynamically
- Handpicked grapes
- Spontaneous fermentation
- No fining or filtering
- Low to no sulfites
- Winemaking that respects the grapes and the land it comes from
To us, this style of winemaking represents the best way to express terroir. We do not eschew modernity, but we do favor techniques that help to express a sense of place rather than modern ones that tend to homogenize wine styles and erase individuality.