Natural wine is a term used to describe wines that are produced with minimal intervention and without the use of synthetic chemicals in the vineyard and winemaking process. The concept of natural wine is based on the idea of working with nature rather than against it, and allowing the grapes and the terroir to express themselves without the influence of modern winemaking techniques.
In general, natural wine is made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes and is fermented using natural yeasts, without the addition of commercial yeasts or other additives. The winemaking process is often carried out in small batches, with minimal filtration or clarification, and little or no added sulfites.
The result is a wine that is often described as "alive" and "expressive," with a unique character and flavor profile that reflects the specific vineyard site and vintage. Natural wines may also have a cloudy appearance or a slight fizz due to the presence of sediment and natural carbonation.
However, it is important to note that there is no official definition or certification for natural wine, and the term can be used in different ways by different producers. Some natural winemakers may use a small amount of sulfur dioxide as a preservative, while others may choose to use no additives at all. Therefore, it is important to do your research and choose wines from producers whose winemaking practices align with your values and preferences.