Category Archives: Natural Wine

What’s the Difference Between Filtered and Unfiltered Wines?

What's the Difference Between Filtered Wines and Unfiltered Wines?

‘What’s the difference between filtered wines and unfiltered wines?’ This was one of the questions that was asked during a recent isolation virtual wine tasting with Elliot Awin. And we thought we’d pick this thread up and run with it.  Wine is a liquid in limbo – a step on the slippery slope that runs […]

The Complete Guide: What You Need To Know About Wine Additives

wine additives

Do you know about these common (and not so common) wine additives? Winemaking, in theory, is such an easy process – you pick grapes, crush them and let the naturally present yeast work its magic. Using the sugar from the grapes, the yeast turns the resulting liquid from grape juice into wine.  But life isn’t […]

The Méthode Traditionelle And Organic Champagne

Traditionelle

If you’ve ever heard the term Méthode Traditionelle and wondered what it means, you aren’t alone. It’s not a phrase heard regularly in common parlance, instead, it’s a wine word associated with the process developed in the Champagne region of France, to produce bottle-fermented sparkling wines.  While the phrase Méthode Traditionelle (or the Traditional Method) […]

Explore The New Minimal Intervention, Squeaky Clean, Delicious Wines

minimal intervention

‘Being allegedly the only two (literate) students to Graduate Healesville High School in ’97, we were always destined to work together’. Behn (the Payten) drove his first Tractor at the age of 5. Troy (the Jones) was talking by the age of 1 and hasn’t shut up since. “Naturally we fell in with the wrong […]

What to Expect From Natural Wine

Expect

Natural wine is here to stay. And before you ask – but isn’t all wine natural? The short answer is no. Yes, wine is a natural product, a result of fermenting grapes, but conventional wine, the stuff most often bought in supermarkets and online, isn’t natural in terms of what wine should be. Here is […]

What is Sustainability in the Wine Industry?

Sustainability

In a recent article, we talked about the link between sustainable farming and natural wine, and elsewhere we’ve touched briefly on what sustainable farming is in terms of wine certification.  But we wanted to talk more in-depth about sustainability in the wine industry. In particular, what is being done to ensure that the nation’s favourite […]

What You Need to Know About Orange Wine

What You Need to Know About Orange Wine

First things first – no, orange wine isn’t made from oranges.  In fact, orange wine has absolutely NOTHING to do with oranges, except they share the same colour, kind of.  Orange wine is a type of white wine, but one that has been made like red wine. Are you following? What you need to know about […]

Wild Fermentation – Embracing Individuality in the Wine World

Fermentation

There is a topic on the lips of oenophiles the world over – fermentation. In particular, wild fermentation.  Wild fermentation is synonymous with natural wine. Industrial fermentation is what the rest of the wine-producing world does.  Now, wine doesn’t require any additional yeasts or additives to get it to ferment and produce that wondrous liquid […]

If You Embrace Wonky Veg, Why Not Embrace Natural Wine?

Wonky

You may be wondering what on earth the link between a wonky carrot and a bottle of natural wine is, but bear with us.  The nation has fallen in love with wonky veg We have seen food campaigners in recent years highlight the plight of the 795 million people who inhabit our little green planet, […]

6 Reasons You Should Try Natural Wine 

natural wine

Natural wine can be divisive amongst those who consider themselves oenophiles. And yes, not all natural wines are great examples of the category, but that is the case the wine world over – even in the same cellar there will be great years of one wine and poor years of the same one. Such is […]

Is Organic Wine Sulphite Free Wine?

Is Organic Wine Sulphite Free Wine?

Is organic wine sulphite-free wine?  Sadly, the short answer is no. Sulphite free wine doesn’t exist because sulphites are naturally present due to all wine’s fermentation process. But what makes the difference is the levels of sulphur in wine.  Hold on, don’t jump to any conclusions just yet. Stay with us, we’re getting to the […]

The Hugely Talented Winemaker Frank Cornelissen

Frank Cornelissen

Just last week I was presented with the opportunity to stock these remarkable wines from an even more remarkable person – Frank Cornelissen. These natural wines from Mount Etna are incredibly hard to get your hands on and are produced in very small quantities, which presented us with a very attractive offer, especially when you […]

Biodynamic Wines: How Gut Oggau has Conquered our Hearts

gut oggau

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but can you judge a wine by its label? Not really, but Gut Oggau, which is produced by Eduard Tscheppe & Stephanie Tscheppe Eselböck by Lake Neusiedl in Austria’s Burgenland province, possibly comes closest to making this true. Before starting the winery, Eduard made conventional wine with his […]

Elisabetta Foradori – a Key Figure in Italian Winemaking

Foradori

Near San Michele all’ Adige, on the right bank of the Adige River, a wide plain unfolds beneath the mountains: its name is Campo Rotaliano. This is where the Teroldego, one of the country’s best grapes, thrives. It is no coincidence that this striking landscape marks the linguistic and cultural boundary between the Tyrol and […]

Stay Up To Date With Hottest Wine Trends of 2019

wine trends

In the last year, we’ve seen various wacky trends in the wine industry. From the continuous love for Rosé to the rise in the popularity of sustainably produced wines. The majority of wine consumers are now millennials, and as result, they’re shaping the future of the wine industry. We can officially say that 2019 will […]

Introducing Craig Hawkins and Testalonga Wines

Testalonga

Craig Hawkins the winemaker at Testalonga is in a pretty brilliant place right now, he’s just released his new vintage to the world!! He and (wife) Carla are now ensconced in Bandits Kloof in Piketberg, the northern reaches of the Swartland; He finally has a dedicated winery with plenty of space and a steady supply […]

Our Vegan Wines For Your Veganuary

vegan

Never heard of veganuary? Well, neither had I until last week. It’s pronounced (vee-GAN-uary) and as you can probably guess, it’s a New Year’s resolution to eat only plant-based foods for the month of January. Why did you decide to go vegan? Giving a vegan lifestyle a try for a month can demonstrate some true […]

Try Some Low Alcohol Wines Instead!

low alcohol wine

Having worked a large part of my legal drinking life in the wine trade, I have never been able to take part in Dry Jan – so for me, there has always been the alternative route, which is either drinking less – which in my role is pretty impossible, resorting to watery alcohol free wheat […]

How to Drink Consciously – Drink Quality not Quantity

As we concentrate on the sustainable, environmental and health segment of the wine market, January is the perfect time to be thinking about drinking consciously rather than in quantity like over Christmas. So let’s focus on the lower alcohol, lower tannin & sulphates and more sustainably produced wines so you can drink consciously any time. If you’re like […]

What Are Sulphites? Are Sulphites In Wine Dangerous?

sulphites

What are sulphites? Sulphites in wine are chemical compounds (sulphur dioxide, or SO2) that occur naturally, to a varying degree, in all types of wine. Sulphites act as both a wine’s preservative and enhancer, many vintners purposely add sulphites at key moments of the winemaking process to quickly halt on-going fermentation or to help protect […]

The press reports “another challenging year” but we see it as a sign!

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A recent article in the press reports that consumers are drinking less wine now than ever before and that 2018 has been a challenging year for the wine trade. Mainstream wine sales might be down, but organic wine sales are on the rise. Consumers are beginning to be more conscious about what they are drinking, […]

How to Pair Wine With a Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast Sandwich

I understand that you might be like, does this guy really drink at breakfast….? My answer to that is, rather than the word ‘drink’, I use the word ‘enjoy’. Just like a Bellini, having a glass of low alcohol wine at breakfast, on a nice relaxing weekend is just perfect! After all the weekend is […]

What is “Col Fondo”?

Col Fondo

This is a phrase that will come into the public eye very soon, and this is honestly something I have only been made aware of recently. Col Fondo wines are something that are hotting up to be the next big thing in the sparkling wine world! Anyone with a relative knowledge of languages will know that […]