What the "F" Is natural wine?
What is natural wine? Natural wine is so much more than a trend, natural wine is a movement. Born out of a counter movement to the industrialized wine we have been drinking for decades, natural wine does away with technological and chemical intervention (like adding yeast, or using machines to filter the wine). Today natural wines celebrate the earth and climates the grapes are born in, flaws and all, creating amazing drinks we can all love if we open our iron hearts just a little bit.
Where does natural wine come from?
The natural wine movement started in France in the 80s as a collective of winemakers and vineyard owners decried the industrialization of the wine, that it was being toyed with to suit the tastes of consumers thousands of miles away. Their feeling was that wine had become over industrialized and had forgotten its roots. They shunned technological and chemical intervention like filtration and adding specific yeasts in favor of organic, or even biodynamic agricultural processes and using yeasts that occur naturally on the grape to create fermentation.
Today the natural wine movement has grown to become a global phenomenon with wineries around the world either adopting these philosophies or searching for their own ancestral methods. You can find natural wines from France, South Africa, Australia, and right here in the USA.
Natural wine is more than a buzzword, its a philosophy
Natural wine is having a pretty hot moment right now. Natural wines are very liberating so they have become a philosophy. Those who adhere to it swear by it, there is no other way of making wine. Natural winemakers want to see where the grapes take them, they take nothing from it and add nothing to it. To some, this is the truest expression of the fruits, where they are from, and when they existed. The wine become a true expression of terroir, that elusive Everest that all winemakers aspire to.
So will I like natural wines? And where can I find them?
We love natural wines here at Vynl, there is just something about them that drives us wild. When you try natural wines though, you may need to toss everything you know about wines out the window. Because natural wines eschew technology, they are not necessarily going to taste like the wines you have tried before. Natural wines often celebrate their flaws because they show the true character of the wine and not what some critic thought a grape should always taste like. Its all very punk rock, but it shows a lot more character and raw attitude which is always delicious.
Natural wines wont always be so forward in saying they are natural wines though, as the description can be very ambiguous. Look for key words like biodynamic, organic, and most importantly look for natural yeast. Natural yeast is a key indicator the wine has not been messed with.