What is Natural Wine?
The natural wine being made today is exactly the same as it was first made by man over 6,000 years ago. Of course natural wines are farmed organically and biodynamically but that’s not where the story ends. Organic wine is typically promised to be free from chemical additives in the field where the grapes are grown, but says nothing about what happens after the grapes have been harvested. Natural wine, on the other hand, has the absolute minimal chemical or technological intervention throughout the whole production process from the vine to the cellar. The other big difference is the natural fermentation process that gives natural wine its name. It is a living product, that is easily affected by temperature fluctuations so it’s important that it’s stored properly.
When looking at the photo above (click on image for a zoomed perspective), you can see that there are a lot of additives to be found in conventional wine. And wine labelled as ‘organic’ is not much better. The quantity of chemicals is frankly frightening.
These wines have been manipulated to taste the way the industry believes the consumer wants them to taste - but it is undoubtedly artificial. Wine is supposed to be a natural product. It is in no way improved with nasty, dangerous chemicals. In comparison the only thing that is ever added to natural wine is a tiny percentage of sulfites for the purpose of stabilisation.
Here are the important points to remember:
- Organic or biodynamic farming
- Hand picked and crafted
- Chemical free
- Unsulfured or very low sulfur content