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The Resurgence of Natural Wine: Ancient Techniques Capture Modern Palates

The Resurgence of Natural Wine: Ancient Techniques Capture Modern Palates

Natural wine, made in ancient ways and emphasizing sustainability and minimal processing, is gaining popularity in the U.S. despite overall declining wine consumption. Demand for natural and sustainable wines is growing faster than the wine category as a whole. Natural wine is made with hand-picked organic grapes that are not sprayed with herbicides or pesticides. It is naturally fermented with no added water, yeast, or other ingredients, resulting in earthy, savory wines that are less predictable than those produced by big producers. However, natural wine faces hurdles such as the lack of a set definition in the U.S. and difficulty in finding it, as most natural wines do not have the word “natural” on their labels. Some in the industry advocate for research and standards to be adopted for natural wine, similar to the “vin method nature” label and certification process in France.

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