May 19, 2022

The Natural Wine

The history of natural wines speaks of simplicity, naturalism and the rhythms of the earth. Making natural wines made well is not easy; therefore the simplicity to which we refer evokes genuine values, authenticity and respect for nature. The birth of the definition of 'natural wine' dates back to the early twentieth century, when in France the winemakers of the area went on strike to obtain wines produced exclusively from the must and without resorting to industrial interventions. In fact, the winemakers contested the "commercial" taste of modern wines and asked to return to a search for more authentic and natural aromas. The priority of the natural method is to arrive at the final product while keeping the identity of the territory intact and applying the least possible chemical intervention. Although there is no real European regulation that defines the natural method, there is a certification, although it is private and decides independently, which recognizes these wines as such. Natural wines must have certain characteristics which it is important to know in order to fully understand this type of wine philosophy; the use of the grapes must be 100% of organic origin, the harvest must be done manually, indigenous yeasts are used which are physiologically present on the skins of the grapes and in the cellars, in most cases the sulfites are added minimally and in some not added at all; they help to determine the aroma of the wine. Analyzing the concept of natural wine we can realize how much it, despite the fact that it is alcoholic, cannot be compromising for our state of health (if drunk in the right quantities of course). The real characteristic of natural wine is precisely that of reconnecting us to the natural rhythms of the earth, of the territory and of making us appreciate nature as it is without the need to correct it. Unfortunately we have become accustomed to eating and drinking increasingly refined, processed, modified products that we no longer know the original flavor of the raw materials. Drinking a natural wine can help us in the rediscovery of pure and innate flavors and once we have embarked on this path it is difficult to go back because everything we knew will appear devoid of energy, characteristics and we will realize that those artificial flavors no longer satisfy us as we will really feel them for what they are, artificial and devoid of nutrients; I'm not talking about nutritional values which, moreover, are not labeled, but about the nutrients of the original product, in this case grapes. We can understand how much a treated grape can be devoid of essences, while the juice produced from an organic grape or treated as little as possible maintains the best original characteristics. Natural wine is made of authentic aromas and flavors and each bottle has its own story. Therefore, drinking a natural wine paves the way for a life more in harmony with ourselves and with nature.

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