When it comes to winemaking, there is a growing trend towards low intervention, natural, and organic methods. This approach to winemaking is centred around allowing the grapes to express themselves as fully as possible, and producing wines that truly reflect the land and the grape varieties that grow there. This is particularly true when it comes to terroir-driven winemaking, where the unique characteristics of the land and climate are allowed to shine through in the finished product.
One of the key elements of low intervention, natural, and organic winemaking is minimal intervention in the winery. This means avoiding the use of chemicals and artificial additives, and instead relying on natural fermentation processes and traditional winemaking techniques. The result is wines that are elegant, nuanced, and truly unique, with a distinct sense of place.
Natural winemaking also involves organic or biodynamic farming practices. This means avoiding the use of synthetic chemicals, pesticides, and fertilisers in the vineyard, and instead relying on natural methods to manage pests and diseases. This not only results in healthier grapes, but also in wines that are more reflective of the land they come from.
The natural winemaking movement has produced many icons over the years, and some of the most notable include Pierre Overnoy, Marcel Lapierre, Domaine Labet, Richard Leroy and Jean Francois Ganevat. These winemakers have dedicated their lives to producing wines that reflect their unique terroirs and they are considered as pioneers in the world of natural winemaking. They are all known for their minimal intervention approach, dedication to traditional winemaking techniques and their focus on terroir-driven wines. Their wines are a true reflection of their passion for the land and grapes, and are sure to delight the senses of any wine lover.
That being said “natural wine” should not be thought of as something separate or different from other types of wine. It is simply wine that is made using traditional winemaking techniques.
Natural wine should not be thought of as a trend, but rather as a way of making wine that has been around for centuries. It is about making wine in a sustainable, traditional way that truly reflects the land and grapes from which it comes. Unfortunately, there are some bad examples of natural wine that take this approach too far, resulting in flawed or undrinkable wines but these are in the minority. Most are a true expression of terroir.