Ever wonder what all these wine terms mean? Here is a little glossary of our terms that you'll either see or hear me mention on YouTube or Instagram!
What are natural wines?
That's a million dollar question with not a great answer. Many people define this different. Part of the natural wine movement is that there are no rules. Personally, I define natural wines are wines that are from made from grapes from either sustainable, organic, biodynamic, or dry farmed vineyards then transformed into wine only using wild yeast (nothing added, this is usually in the ambient environment of the winery and on the grapes themselves), and a tiny bit of sulfites (Potassium metabisulfite) at the end to protect the wine from spoilage.
What are Minimal intervention wines?
This is defined in many different ways. For me this is simple. Sometimes natural wine making doesn't go to plan. Sometimes acid levels are low and I need to add a little tartaric acid. Sometimes wines need a little nutrients in the beginning, so I add a bit of organic nutrient from Enartis so that my ferments won't get stuck. Anything that I add is a naturally derived product that is non-gmo and 100% vegan. I would love for all my wines to be "all-natural" but I can't guarantee that they'll be tasty if I don't intervene when things start to go in the wrong direction, hence why I have a limited set of ingredients that I use to protect my wines.
What is the difference between sustainably farmed, biodynamic, organic, and dry farmed vineyards?
That is another loaded million dollar question! Sustainable vineyard practices are focused long term sustainability and preserving the environment. Some use of chemical spraying is allowed but all chemicals must be approved by SIP (sipcertified.org) to insure they do not cause harm to the environment, wildlife or humans.
Biodynamic wineries are very interesting! They rely on almost no spraying and the utilization of organic remedies for common problems. The Deemter group is in charge of certification (demeter-usa.org).