Put simply, “natural wine” is an umbrella term used to describe a category of craft wine with minimal intervention.

i.e. they let the grapes do their thing

The practices used to make these wines vary, but usually include some or all of the following:

  • Eco-friendly vineyard practices, whether certified or not. Organic, biodynamic, sustainable (no pesticides or herbicides)

  • Grapes are harvested by hand

  • Fermentation is introduced with wild or native yeasts unique to the surrounding vineyard itself

  • Minimal additives (Did you know you legally winemakers are allowed to use over 72 different types of additives?)

  • Minimal fining or filtering, if any

  • Minimal use of sulphur, if any (Sulfite additions usually are added for shelf stability but keep in mind SO2 is a byproduct of fermentation and exists in all wine)

  • Minimal oak influence

  • Made in small batches