When it comes to wine, many people are becoming more conscious of what they put into their bodies. Natural wines, made from organic and biodynamic grapes, have gained popularity in recent years. These wines are produced with minimal intervention, allowing the true flavours of the grapes to shine through. In this blog post, we will explore some of the best natural wine brands available on the market today.
What are natural wines?
Natural wines are made from grapes that are grown organically, without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. The grapes are harvested by hand and fermented using native yeasts, which are naturally present on the grape skins. This allows for a more authentic expression of the terroir, or the unique characteristics of the vineyard where the grapes are grown.
Why choose natural wines?
There are several reasons why people choose to drink natural wines. Firstly, they are often seen as a healthier option, as they contain fewer additives and chemicals. Natural wines are also considered to be more sustainable, as they promote organic farming practices and biodiversity. Additionally, many people find that natural wines have a more complex and interesting flavor profile compared to conventional wines.
The best natural wine brands
1. Calcarius by winemaker Valentina Passalacqua
Calcarius are based in Apricena, in the northern region of Gargano, Puglia (just south of Abruzzo) where producers Valentina Passalacqua and Danilo Marcucci oversee a farm comprising 80 hectares of vines, fruit and vegetables. Renowned for making some of the most smashable wines in the Natural Wine scene they have become a cult favourite far and wide. Discover the Calcarius range here.
2. A La Natural by winemaker Patrick Bouju and rapper Action Bronson
The collaboration between Patrick Bouju and Action Bronson resulted in a line of natural wines called A La Natural. These wines are made using grapes sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyards in the Auvergne region. Bouju and Bronson worked closely together to create wines that are vibrant, expressive, and full of character.
3. Jumpin Juice by winemakers Patrick Sullivan and Xavier Goodridge
Jumpin Juice is a collaboration between long-time friends and now Gippsland-based winemakers, Patrick Sullivan and Xavier Goodridge. Both have amassed their own loyal followings for high-quality lo-fi wines made from top quality fruit. With Jumpin Juice they are free to explore parcels of fruit from all over the country - not just within their own G.I. These are fun, playful wines made with little to no additions built in a 'drink-me-now' style. Perfect picnic wines here for good times in the sun
4. Lammidia by winemakers Davide Gentile & Marco Guilani
Lammidia is an Italian natural winery run by two of natural wines most prized winemakers - Davide Gentile & Marco Guilani, situated in the coastal town of Pescara, Abruzzo. The pair buy grapes from around 5 hectares of vines in the hills above Pescara and two 1⁄2 hectare sites nearer the coast, mainly Montepulciano and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo but they also have a little Pinot Noir, Barbera and Moscato. Check out the Lammidia wine range here
5. Gut Oggau by Eduard Tscheppe & Stephanie Tscheppe Eselböck
Gut Oggau is run by Eduard Tscheppe & Stephanie Tscheppe Eselböck and nestled in by Lake Neusiedl in Austria’s Burgenland province. Fully Natural and Organic with Demeter certification their wines are globally renowned for their distinct character, structure and drinkability. Shop Gut Oggau wines here