What do we mean by natural or sustainable wine? Natural wines are made with grapes grown with organic or biodynamic farming, then transformed in the cellar without any additives -in other words, there is no chemical intervention. Physical intervention (cool it down, pump it from one place to another) is allowed, but chemical intervention is totally banned. The resulting wine is just fermented grape juice. And that’s it.
Bel Sit believes that the interesting thing about natural wine is that it backs away from the approach to farming that became the norm after World War II. Wine moved from being something agricultural to something manufactured. That led to wines that are well made but that don’t really express or embody variations in site, in vintage, and especially, in the talents of the craftsmen making them.
Croatina, Barbera are very flexible local grapes that can be used to make a broad range of wines: from dry table wines to late-harvest sweet wines, to dessert styles, to crisp sparkling wines. They have the ability to express the soil; they are also grapes with structure. What to say about the aromas? It’s not only fruit. There are a lot of vegetable, herbal, earth and spicy notes.
So, what’s a natural wine? The easiest way to describe natural wines is that you take away all additives and let the wine ferment with the natural yeast on the grape skin, thus manipulating the grape as little as possible. This makes the wine more vivid. It is 100 per cent grapes, nothing added, and nothing removed.
Bel Sit wants to be closer to the wine land and the taste of grapes, yet the benefit is really in the taste!