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Will new rules make “natural wines” more normal? | Britt on Forbes

Natural wines are the darlings of sommeliers and wine bars around the world at the moment. But what is a natural wine? For some people, it is a style of wine, a style that you recognize easier than the origin or the grape variety. Often the “style” is unusual, not to say odd, with wines that can smell of barnyard or cider.

For some “natural” wine producers though, it is a style of winemaking rather than a style of wine. They want to make “normal”, clean wines using as little additives as possible.

VinNatur in Italy is an association that is very serious about making natural wines that in some ways breaks with the “tradition” of natural wines in that they want to have clear rules on what “natural wine” means, something that is rare on the natural wine scene. They have defined strict rules both in the vineyard and in the wine cellars, that their members are obliged to follow.

What is the result?

When the "blind" part is over at the VinNatur workshop

When the “blind” part is over at the VinNatur workshop, copyright BKWine Photography

Read more on this in Britt’s article on Forbes: VinNatur In Italy Sets Rules On How To Make Natural Wine.

Here’s the introduction:

“Natural wine” is one of the trendiest segments on the hip wine scene these days. And it is making inroads on the consumer market. But one of the issues with this is that there is really no definition of what “natural wine” is, no agreed or accepted rules on how to make it. And the style varies hugely, from cider or barnyard smelling “funky” wines to “normal” wines.

Some people are trying to change that. I recently met with Angiolino Maule who has created the organisation VinNatur in Italy.

Natural wine is not an easy concept to grasp. I don’t particularly like the word “natural” – used by too many people in a rather flimsy way, and implying that other wines are not “natural”. But we use it for lack of a better word. An association in Italy called VinNatur, however, proves that natural wines don’t have to be flimsy or even taste funny or funky.

Read more on this in Britt’s article on Forbes: VinNatur In Italy Sets Rules On How To Make Natural Wine.

Angiolino Maule, founder of VinNatur and winemaker at La Biancara

Angiolino Maule, founder of VinNatur and winemaker at La Biancara, copyright BKWine Photography

Tasting wines at the VinNatur workshop

Tasting wines at the VinNatur workshop, copyright BKWine Photography

The VinNatur blind tasting workshop

The VinNatur blind tasting workshop, copyright BKWine Photography

Over 200 wines at the VinNatur workshop

Over 200 wines at the VinNatur workshop, copyright BKWine Photography

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