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A natural wine is pure fermented grape liquid without additives of any kind. The wines are also free of technological manipulations, and crafted by smaller wineries that are committed to the environment. They use no chemicals and as few preventative treatments as possible. Quality grapes are hygienically harvested by hand, while those that are not in peak condition are discarded.
After all this is completed, the results are delicious and healthy wines, similar to those created centuries ago. These wines can be consumed by everyone, even those who are allergic to sulfites. These are actually the wines often enjoyed by health-conscience vegetarians and vegans. One can also factor in some of the latest scientific studies, which indicate that moderate wine consumption possesses health perks.
Natural wines have a purer taste and are more easily absorbed by the body, so a fan base for the elixir continues to grow.
Another thing you can feel good about when consuming natural wines? Many consumers are happy to know that there are no corporations or investors behind these winemakers, only passionate people with a great respect for nature and health who have opted to craft wines like others did in the past.
I think it’s necessary to clarify that sulfites are added to wines to guarantee its conservation, to avoid its oxidation and to disinfect it of possible microbes. However, producers of natural wines believe that this is an unnecessary step and that sulfites are often used excessively, especially when you consider that wine naturally carries a small amount of sulfites.
Natural wines have a purer taste and are more easily absorbed by the body (according to both purveyors and consumers), so a fan base for the elixir continues to grow.
Today, France, Italy and Spain are the countries with the highest numbers of winegrowers who have opted for this natural form of producing wines. In Spain, for example, there is an association called Natural Wine Producers (PVN for Productores de Vinos Naturales, in Spanish), which was created to protect natural wine and brings together winemakers from all over the country. However, it doesn’t certify or guarantee authenticity, as the only true seal is the winemakers’ honesty.
In countries like Germany, the United States and Switzerland, natural wines are undoubtedly appealing to the more health-conscience and environmentally aware, and consumers are willing to spend more when purchasing these wines. ■