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Harder to stumble upon grapes tasting 23.02.2023

Harder to stumble upon grapes tasting 23.02.2023

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This time we will talk about grapes and we will venture further than the usual suspects.
What are they? Do they have characteristics we can identify with better-known grapes? Why do they grow where they grow? What’s their story?
What we'll taste:
Domaine Plageoles Mauzac Nature 2020 - Mauzac from Gaillac
Testalonga El Bandito Mangaliza 2021 - Harslevelu from Stellenbosch
Jauma Origins 2022 - Arneis from Adelaide Hills
Fuori Mondo D'Acco 2019 - Alicante from Tuscany
Jean-Yves Peron I Vicini Grignolino 2018 - Grignolino from Piedmont vinified in Savoie
Thur 23.02.2023/ 7-9pm/ La Cabane Wine Cellar
ticket cost includes wine and nibbles
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Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wine. What’s the difference?

To understand this concept and its various ramifications, it is necessary to keep something clear in mind: before the 20th century and the spreading of affordable synthetic fertilisers, all farming was organic. When the shift to the use of synthetics and pesticides happened, it became necessary to diversify traditional organic farming from the new modern farming. 


Simply put, organic farming forbids the use of synthetic fertilisers, synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or genetically modified organisms. The basic requirements are generally specific and engage the farmers not to use any chemical fertilisers and other synthetic products in the vineyard. It does not prevent the vintner from using the conventional winemaking process after harvesting. 


Let’s take organic farming one step further: Biodynamic. The creator of this agricultural system is the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who developed the principles of biodynamics in a series of lectures given in 1924 in Germany. Here lies the foundation of true organic wines, with a strict limit in the use of additives, stringent requirements and at the end obtaining a biodynamic certification.


The previous definitions are usually, and rightfully, associated with it, because most natural wine is also organic and/or biodynamic. But not vice versa!

Natural wine is wine in its purest form, simply described as nothing added, nothing taken away, just grapes fermented. No manipulation whatsoever, minimal intervention both in the vineyards and in the winery. Healthy grapes, natural yeast and natural fermentation, with no filtration nor fining. Sounds easy, right? However, making natural wine is unforgiving and it requires a bigger amount of work than conventional wine. To this day, natural wine has no certification yet.