It’s a hot-button topic in the world of wine, that’s for sure, and it goes by many names; non-interventionism, minimum impact, or perhaps the most familiar: natural. Natural Winemaking is a subject that comes up often these days, and it appears to be a rather polarizing one. But perhaps the real conundrum is the seeming lack of a definition. Just what is “natural winemaking?”
Eric Asimov, on his blog The Pour, has just published a really interesting article on exactly this subject, and if this is a topic of interest to you, I heartily recommend you check it out. And perhaps even more fascinating is the comment feed; proof for sure of just how ticklish the issue is.
Give it a read, read the comments, maybe post some thoughts of your own, and please feel free to share some perspective here as well. Our own Paul Draper makes an appearance in the article, and Ridge has of course weighed in on innumerable variations of the subject over our many decades of our engagement with the land, and the practice of winemaking.
You can read Eric’s full article here.