Natural wine is a type of wine that is produced using minimal intervention in the winemaking process. The term "natural" refers to the use of organic or biodynamic farming practices and the avoidance of additives such as sulfites, commercial yeasts, and other chemicals.
Natural wine is typically made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes that are fermented with the natural yeasts found on the grape skins. The wine is then aged in old oak barrels or concrete vats without any fining or filtration.
Natural wine can have a cloudy appearance due to the lack of filtration, and it may also exhibit unusual flavors and aromas that are not typically found in conventionally produced wines.
The idea behind natural wine is to produce a wine that is a true expression of the terroir or the unique characteristics of the vineyard where the grapes were grown. Natural winemakers believe that by letting the grapes and the environment speak for themselves, they can create wines that are more authentic and reflect the true taste of the grapes and the land.
Natural wine has gained popularity in recent years as consumers have become more interested in organic and natural food and beverages. Many natural wine producers are small-scale and operate on a local or regional level, emphasizing the importance of sustainable agriculture and preserving traditional winemaking practices.