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What is 'natural' wine?

 Natural Wine is farmed organically (biodynamically, using permaculture or the like) and made (or rather transformed) without adding or removing anything in the cellar. No additives or processing aids are used, and ‘intervention’ in the naturally occurring fermentation process is kept to a minimum. As such neither fining nor (tight) filtration are used. The result is a living wine – wholesome and full of naturally occurring microbiology.

-- Isabelle Legeron MW, rawwine.com 

Natural wine is made with minimal intervention, meaning there are minimal added sulphites and absolutely no chemical additives. The only yeasts used in the winemaking process are those that naturally occur on the grapes. The result is wine which is lively and delicious, and we think it tastes much better than more commercially-produced wines.

Natural wines are made with sustainable farming practices, and are very often organic or biodynamic as well, but what makes a wine "natural" is that nothing is added to the grapes or juice during the winemaking process. Most commercially-produced wines, like those found in supermarkets, contain chemical additives to alter wine's flavour, aroma and appearance. Not only do wines made without these additives taste amazing, they are also affordable.

Most wine producing regions make natural wine, and it is available in red, white, rose, sparkling and even orange varieties, so there is something to suit all tastes. If you're interested in trying natural wines, we hope you'll stop by our farmer's market stalls for a free sample and a bit of chat - it would make our day!  Otherwise, take a look at our current stock on here and you can order some bottles. 

Read more about why we love natural wine here.


Do natural wines contain sulphur?
Most wines contain naturally occurring sulphur. Natural winemakers add no or as little sulphur as possible to their wines, meaning the overall context is far lower than commercially produced wines. 

What is biodynamic wine?
Many natural winemakers follow biodynamic farming practices. You can read more about it here.

Is the term natural wine regulated or certified?
There is no certification of regulation body for natural wine , but RAW WINE does offer a Charter of Quality which helps distinguish a natural wine. 

Els Vinyerons Lluerna 2017 Xarel-lo
100% Xarel-lo grape.
  
£13.99
Natural Austrian Wine Mixed Case (6 btls) - Alexander Koppitsch
A selection of 6 natural wines from Burgenland, Austria
  
£99.95
Domaine Le Fay D'Homme Mouton Noir Muscadet 2017
  
£17.99
Il Fareneto Rio Roca Berzmein 2015
RED. 75cl. 100% Marzemino
  
£12.99
Les Pilliers de Maison Blanche 2014 (Red)
St Emillion Bordeaux as it should be! 75cl
  
£19.99
Els Vinyerons Pregadeu Ancestral Cava 2016
White sparkling cava. Great champagne alternative. 100% Xarel-Lo
  
£12.99
Koppitsch Zweigelt Authentisch 2016
RED. 75cl. Zweigelt..
  
£13.99
Koppitsch Zweigelt 2015 Unfiltered
Zweigelt. 75cl
  
£19.99
Koppitsch Perspektive ROT 2016
  
£19.99
Koppitsch Rose Authentisch 2017
Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent, Pinot Noir. 75cl
  
£14.99
Koppitsch RET 2017
Zweigelt, St. Laurent. 75cl
  
£13.99
Koppitsch Perspektive Weiss 2017
WHITE. 75cl. Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay
  
£19.99
Vincent Caille X Bulles Rose NV
A summer sparkling rose from the Loire Valley. Chardonnay & Grolleau. 75cl.
  
£19.99
Julien Merle Champs Blancs 2016
Red Beaujolais. 100% Gamay. 75cl.
  
£19.99
Ocre Rouge Perle Ancestrale NV
WHITE. Great champagne alternative. 100% chardonnay grape. 75cl
  
£19.99
Ocre Rouge Pinot Noir 2016
RED. Unfiltered 100% Pinot Noir from the Provence region. 75cl
  
£14.99
Lambert Le Droit Chenin Blanc 2017
Fantastic white made from 100% Chenin Blanc. 75cl.
  
£19.99
Isle Saint Pierre Blanc 2017
A French Rhone wine with Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Muscat, Vermentino and Gewurztraminer. 75cl
  
£11.99
Isle Saint Pierre Rouge 2017
RED. Cabernet Franc, Merlot & Petit Verdot. 75cl
  
£11.99

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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