Imagine an afternoon with friends, a field trip, or dinner with that special person, you would do it better with the company of a wine, keeping its essence and naturality. Today, the naturalist conscience and tendency, as well as ecological consumption, are relevant values for new generations, and wines couldn’t stay behind. But… What is Natural Wine?
According to Isabelle Legeron, founder of Raw Natural Wine Fairs, “Wine is cultivated organically and created (or rather, transformed) without adding or subtracting anything in the cellar. No additives or processing aids are used, and ‘intervention’ in the natural fermentation process is kept to a minimum. In such a way that there is no clarification process or filtration (hermetic) is carried out.”
To give you context and the reason why natural wine is so relevant, we will tell you a little about the additives in conventional wine.
Currently, winemakers (a person with the professional capacity to carry out a set of activities related to the methods and techniques of growing vineyards and making wine, musts and other derivatives of the vine) are legally authorized to add more than 70 corrective additives or processing to wine without any obligation to disclose it on the label, including ordering custom yeasts that will produce wine with certain flavors or characteristics.
The only Natural Wine certificate is Vin Méthode Nature which was launched in France in 2019, which has generated controversy among wine producers, arguing that instead of regulating natural wines, the wine industry should promote transparency regarding the ingredients and processes used to produce it.
Although there are some natural producers in Mexico, natural winemaking is still scarce in the region. Here are two wineries of natural Mexican wines from Guanajuato that are offering incredible wines.
1: CAVA GARAMBULLO
Located on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende, in the heart of the mountains. All of its wines are made with organic or biodynamic grapes and minimal intervention. Cava Garambullo offers guided tours with prior reservations.
2: OCTAGONO – VINO ANCESTRAL
Located in Vergel de la Sierra, Guanajuato. Its wines are made with minimal intervention without using oak barrels. Its wines are aged in clay jars (an ancient technique developed in Georgia).
3: TIERRA DE PEÑA
Wine project with agro-ecological practices, where they seek to return to the origins, preserving life and resulting in a delicious natural wine. They are located in Valle de Colón Querétaro.
4: JÉROME MATHON
Jérome takes the philosophy of sustainable winemaking even further and deliberately chooses supplies with the least environmental impact (lighter design bottle, selection of organic natural corks, cardboard, adhesive and recyclable aluminum cap).
5: ESCALA HUMANA
Use egg-shaped concrete pots and old oak barrels for a refined elegance and plenty of fragrance. They are fermented with natural yeast and bottled without clarification, without filtering and without additives of any kind, resulting in wines that are full of personality and very drinkable.