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What is Natural Wine?

For millennia, making wine was pretty simple. Don't get us wrong, it was still a lot of work. But back then you just grew a bunch of grapes, crushed them, put their juice into a vessel, and let ambient yeast work its magic to ferment that juice into wine.

Wait, so what is a “natural” wine anyway?

  • Definition

    There's no official industry-backed definition for 'natural wine,' but at Wine Fellas, we start in the vineyard, requiring the wine to be organic or biodynamic equivalent. Chemicals and herbicides, such as Roundup, are never used in the vineyards. Pest management and soil health are achieved by utilizing cover crops and natural predators only. Yields are typically low, rich with flavor and polyphenols, and grapes are hand-harvested.

  • Minimal Intervention

    In the cellar, we grip intervention to an absolute minimum, only using wild, native yeast in fermentation. There are no additions of sugar or acid, and no chemical additives, with minimal filtration. We don't use any fining agents. All our wines are typically 'Unfined & Unfiltered.' If sulfur dioxide is added, which occurs naturally during fermentation, it's minimal. We follow the 'nothing added, nothing taken' philosophy.

  • For millennia

    For millennia, making wine was pretty simple. Don't get us wrong, it was still a lot of work. But back then you just grew a bunch of grapes, crushed them, put their juice into a vessel, and let ambient yeast work its magic to ferment that juice into wine.

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A note about the past:

Natural wines are made as they were before science and technology took over. The challenges have always been there; the difference is that before the industrial age, winemakers found natural ways to solve them. And those natural ways still work — by engaging mindfully with nature, by nurturing the vineyard and acting with a gentle hand in the cellar, rather than imposing control. Let the grapes express themselves: this is the Wine Fellas way. This is the way of the past, but also the way of the future.

CONNECT WHAT’S IN YOUR GLASS TO THE NATURAL WORLD AROUND YOU

NATURAL WINES CAN TASTE EARTHY, COMPLEX — PERHAPS UNUSUAL TO FOLKS ONLY ACCUSTOMED TO WINES THAT HAVE BEEN SHAPED IN THE MODERN MANNER. NATURAL WINES COME DIRECTLY FROM UNMEDIATED EARTH, AND TO US, THIS MAKES THE CHOICE A SIMPLE ONE.

Wine Fellas features wines that are friendly to the earth and all lifestyles. You won't easily find these wines with the plethora of information and analysis you'll get here. Producing the wines we offer isn't easy — because of the delicate nature of the goods, there are casualties along the way. Therefore, the natural wine industry is small but mighty! Pure, beautiful natural wines do exist, and we want to share ours with you.

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WE BELIEVE IN TRANSPARENCY

IN THIS DAY AND AGE, WE'RE ALL HYPER-AWARE OF THE MANY BENEFITS OF FOOD AND WINE THAT'S GROWN AND PRODUCED LOCALLY AND ORGANICALLY. THEREFORE WE GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO ENSURE YOU KNOW PRECISELY WHAT'S IN YOUR GLASS. BY PROVIDING A CHEMISTRY ANALYSIS PANEL ON EACH OF OUR WINES, WE'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH ACCURATE TECHNICAL DATA CONTAINING EXTENSIVE INGREDIENT AND NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION. STRAIGHT TALK.

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