In recent years there has been a huge surge in consumers searching out Organic and Natural Wines but what exactly is the difference between the two? Well, Organic and natural wines are similar in some ways, but they also have important differences.
Organic wine is made from grapes without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. The grapes are also processed without the use of synthetic additives or preservatives. To be labeled as organic, a wine must meet certain standards set by government agencies or certification organizations.
Natural wine, on the other hand, goes beyond the requirements for organic wine production. Natural wine is made with minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery. This means that the grapes are grown using organic or biodynamic farming methods, but without the use of commercial yeast, fining agents, or filtering processes. The goal of natural wine production is to create a wine that expresses the unique characteristics of the terroir and vintage.
In summary, all natural wines are organic, but not all organic wines are natural. Natural wine production is more restrictive and less interventionist than organic wine production, resulting in a product that is closer to the "natural" state of the grape and the land from which it comes.
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