What is natural wine?
Answering the question is both very simple and, at the same time, complex. Usually, I talk more about conventional and organic and biodynamic wine than what natural wine is. Probably because natural wine is more about not doing than doing.
Natural wine is fermented grape juice - that is it. Roughly speaking. The farming of the grapes is always with organic and/or biodynamic practices. These winemakers are small-scale farmers that do not necessarily put in the time or prioritize the importance of the organic or biodynamic certifications and the bureaucracy that come with it. The agricultural activities are all in sync with and with respect for nature, and manual labour and hand-harvesting are natural consequences of this.
A huge difference is when it comes to cellar work and actually transforming the grape juice into wine. With modern and industrialized winemaking, a wide range of additives and unnatural techniques also allow within organic and biodynamically certified wines.
With natural winemaking, there is nothing added, and the winemaker is left with no artificial agents to manipulate the outcome. So whether you like it or not, the final bottle is an honest product for the conscious customer.
As for us, we love it for its liveliness and intensity and its ability to continually surprise. It is a joy to work with such a vibrant and dynamic product.