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Wine without sulfites

Natural wines

When the expression natural wine (wine without sulphites) first started to become popular, many believed it would be a short-lived fashionable term. However, time has proven that the concept of natural wines is much more than a temporary tendency and more and more wineries are moving into their production. Natural wines are undoubtedly here to stay. But, exactly what is a natural wine? How is it different from other wines? Is it just a sulphite-free wine or is it something else? Let's answer these and other questions as clearly as we can to try and help you understand just why they are special. 

A natural wine represents much more than how it is produced – it is a faithful expression of a philosophy of life. Although one of the most well-known features of natural wines is the fact they do not use sulphites, the process begins much earlier, in the vineyards. A natural wine may be defined as one from a living landscape, from soils free of chemical additives and in perfect harmony with their environment. Considering vineyards to form a part of their surrounding ecosystems is essential in producing natural wines. Soils rich in biodiversity produce extremely expressive and enjoyable wines which thrill wine-lovers with no need for anything adding. Natural wines are simply pure grape must fermented with native yeasts from the same vines. Wines with nothing added, nothing taken away; wines which reflect the respect and devotion their creators feel for nature.

 

Natural wine producers generally use organic or biodynamic agriculture methods and follow lunar cycles as our ancestors would have done. Chemical fertilizers or other products which could affect the natural cycles of biological activity (such as herbicides and pesticides) are not used. They aim to make the most of natural resources (sunlight, water...) to respect, and even help, the local environment. Sulphites are not added to the wine (other than what may be naturally present in the grapes). Thanks to the time they spend working closely with the vineyards, winemakers who create natural wines know and understand their terroirs and vines perfectly well. They use manual techniques as far as possible, both in the vineyards and in the winery. Wines are made with the grapes' own native yeasts and are bottled unfiltered and unclarified. A natural wine tells the story of its landscape through the unique and unrepeatable character it offers with every vintage.