How natural wines are produced
To understand natural wines, we need to look at the winemaking process. It has two major parts: growing and picking grapes, and then turning them into wine through fermentation.
Natural wine is made from grapes not sprayed with pesticides or herbicides. Grape growing is allowed to take its own course – and unfortunately, that may mean losses due to diseases or pests.
When the grapes are ready, natural winemakers handpick their grapes instead of using machines to harvest them.
When we talk about the process of developing natural wines in the cellar, any intervention is also minimal. Natural winemakers rely on native yeast; the stuff that's whizzing around in the air. No preservatives, no "designer" yeasts, no yeast nutrients, no acid and no bacteria should be added to a natural wine. Ania surprised us by revealing that most conventional wines have all of these additions!
Also, there is no fining for natural wines. If the wine is not fined, it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans; there will be no trace of fish, eggs or milk, all of which are commonly used for fining.