What is natural wine?
Isn't all wine natural?
Yes, wine is made from grapes. With the help of modern cellar techniques, wine has become a standardized product in recent decades. A lot can be added and removed so that the wine tastes the same every year. A wine full of make-up. We like wines without additives that are authentic and genuine. In this blog post we answer the question what natural wine means to us, what the terms orange wine and low-intervention wine are all about and how natural wine tastes. Here we go.
Every year is different
Grapes are exposed to different conditions every year. Hours of sunshine, precipitation, wind, age of the vine etc. vary from year to year. One factor that endures is the soil. However, the soil also changes over the years, especially if it is handled carelessly by using chemical-synthetic sprays and chemical fertilizers. Our goal is a living floor for the next generation.
Is there a definition of natural wine?
There is no legal text on natural wine in Italy. In the natural wine scene, however, there is a consensus as to what constitutes natural wine:
- Grapes from organic vineyards (or biodynamic cultivation)
- Hand picking
- Spontaneous fermentation
- use of naturally occurring yeasts in the vineyard and cellar
- Malolactic fermentation isn’t blocked
- No additives (e.g. enzymes, vitamins, acidifiers, sweeteners, etc.)
- No or minimal filtration of the wines
- Wines can be cloudy
- No or minimal sulfur
All these points also apply to our wines.
How does natural wine taste?
There is no standardized specification of how natural wine tastes or what is “typical” for a natural wine. But as soon as you have tasted your first natural wine, you will not be able to get rid of it. The first cloudy wine in the glass was unusual for mother Frieda & father Konrad. The initial skepticism quickly turned into enthusiasm ;) You feel connected to the origin & the winegrowers as well as deep gratitude for the authenticity. Try it yourself!
Wait: and what is orange wine?
Orange Wine is created when white grapes are fermented with their skins. Color is extracted and the wines turn orange. This maceration can last from a few hours or days throughout the alcoholic fermentation. In addition to the color, tannins are extracted - the wines have more grip on the palate. So, orange wine is white wine that is made like red wine. We're big fans of skin contact. All our wines experience a short maceration period. How so? To extract tannins and thus structure. It also makes the wine more stable. We don't care about the color. Our wine with the longest maceration is the Viel Anders. Try it.
Finally: What does low-intervention wine mean?
Wine doesn't grow on the vine. Without people - no wine. Women & men create the conditions for grapes to ripen. They pick the grapes and take them to the cellar. The grapes arrive in a tank where the alcoholic fermentation starts. Humans support the wine, intervene minimally and do not falsify. That's why we prefer to speak of low-intervention wine instead of natural wine.
Friendly reminder: Live close to nature
Don't forget to take care of this planet. Buy fair trade or second hand. Eat regional & seasonal. Avoid plastic and watch your meat consumption. Enjoy the small things in life. And open a bottle of natural wine with your loved ones. Discover all our wines here.