Natural Wine: Explained
What is natural wine? The clue is in the title, it's natural. It is made from grapes that have not been sprayed with pesticides, which have been handpicked with great care and fermented through native yeast rather than lab-grown yeasts. It often comes out a little cloudy because it is not strained.
During the process of creating conventional mainstream wine, some producers like to add a little something extra from the likes of a bit of sugar to additives and sulphites or on occasion animal-derived fining agents, which isn’t ideal for our vegan friends.
As opposed to natural wine production, mainstream producers will try to ferment their grapes all at once, meaning lower quality grapes are introduced into the process and the wines are not at their full potential. This is where all the additives come in to make it drinkable and ready for the supermarket shelves.
Process of Natural Wine
These extras are not needed during the natural wine process because the producers will pick their grapes when they are fully ripe, ensuring the right natural sugar and acidity levels to produce a fantastic natural wine full of flavour and antioxidants! This is why natural wine is also known as low intervention wine.
Many producers are using regenerative and biodynamic farming practices to ensure they grow their grapes in the highest quality soil, meaning natural wine is environmentally friendly and sustainable during its production.
This hands-on loving process makes each bottle unique with its own great tastes and personality, which is why natural wine is so exciting. When you start your natural wine adventure and open your first bottle remember that there is no other like it in the world, it’s just for you.
What are the benefits of natural wine?
By 2022, it is estimated that Natural Wine will account for 9% of the UK’s still wine consumption according to IWSR data. Natural Wine’s popularity has continued to grow yearly, and, if you ask the RNW team why, you’ll get a straightforward answer… Because it tastes great.
We can’t deny the team might be on to something but there are more benefits to natural wine aside from being delicious. We’ve come up with 4 reasons why we think drinking natural wine is a good idea…
1. It supports sustainable and environmentally friendly farming and production – The majority of natural wine producers use organic farming practices to ensure water conversion, use of renewable resources, promote biodiversity, and avoid using anything on their crops that might be bad for the environment.
2. It’s made from organic grapes – Meaning that the grapes haven’t been exposed to chemical pesticides, fertilisers, or herbicides. The grapes are grown naturally and picked when they’re just right to start fermentation resulting in a cleaner wine to drink.
3. Fewer additives/sulphites – Natural Wines are free from refined sugars, sulphuric acids, sulphite preservatives, and fining agents. Why? Because they don’t need them, the careful process of creating natural wine means every bottle is exactly as nature intended it to be.
4. Allegedly the hangovers aren’t as bad - Now we can’t promise this is true, but many people say they have less of a hangover on natural wine, claiming they can have a few glasses and wake up fresh the next day. Whether you choose to believe this as a benefit is up to you, make sure you drink your wine responsibly and stay hydrated.
If you’re still not convinced, then all we can say is to try it for yourself. With a variety of natural wines to choose from, we guarantee you won’t look back.
Why choose Renegade Natural Wines?
From the first time we tried natural wine, we knew it was something special and decided it was our mission to introduce others to the world of natural wine. Whether you’re a seasoned drinker or newbie, you’re in good hands.
Our wine subscription boxes are curated to be the perfect accompaniment to the month ahead and include detailed information on each producer as well as tasting notes to learn more about these unique wines and even show them off to your friends.
Our Natural Wines make the perfect gift to send for any occasion and if you have a friend who loves wine. Alternatively, if you don’t know what to get them, we have a range of gift cards to take the pressure off. With free shipping on orders over £95, buying great wine online and have it delivered to your door could not be easier.
Every bottle of natural wine we select has been carefully chosen (and put through some vigorous testing) and with new and exciting choices on our site every month, you can trust the Renegade team to bring you a selection of great wine full of flavour that will ignite your passion for natural wine.