Vino natural de Georgia

The Natural Wines of Georgia: The Charm of Authenticity

Ignacio Herrero Hidalgo

Today we venture into the fascinating world of natural wines, an art that transports us in each bottle to the very essence of the vine:

  • To the land where the grapes are grown.
  • To the most traditional methods of wine production.
  • To our origins.

After some years, in which mass production and longer conservation of wine have been the dominant factors in the market, today we see how natural wines are gaining tremendous prominence.

The use of pesticides in grape cultivation or adding sulfur dioxide (SO2) to wine has allowed many wineries to increase their production and keep the wine in good condition for longer.

However, it has been proven that this type of wine production is harmful to our body (although as always, there are organizations that maintain that there are no risks within the permitted limits).

After all, we already know that there is nothing like nature... But...

What is meant by natural wine?

Imagine how wine was made 8,000 years ago. Imagine a wine that is a pure manifestation of nature, without chemical intervention or other artifices.

Natural wines are the fruit of Mother Earth, made with organically grown grapes and vinified with minimal human intervention.

These wines are made with grapes free of pesticides and chemicals, which capture the essence of the terroir and highlight its unique characteristics.

Since the grapes are harvested manually and taken to the winery, it only takes a little time and love to obtain wines of the highest quality.

On the other hand, it is important to highlight that the materials used throughout the entire process are also the most natural. From our point of view, wines should taste of fruit, not of wood.

In Georgia it is said that "wine that tastes like wood is simply not wine" ... And it is because there they are very aware of a very natural production, which preserves the smell and flavor of the more than 500 native grape varieties. .

Nothing can take away the prominence of that precious fruit. Not even with the aim of preserving it better: because the wines do not spoil there.

In Georgia, wines are enjoyed and respected to unsuspected limits in other more Western countries like Spain (even though we are great producers and consumers of wine).

If you don't believe it, we recommend that you travel there and discover it for yourself.

Types of natural wines: added sulfites.

The EU establishes that the maximum volume of sulfites in wine can reach 200 mg per liter. On the contrary, there is also a minimum limit which is 10mg per liter, above which the review of the bottle must appear on the bottle label. "contains sulfites" .

Natural wines may in some cases exceed those 10mg per liter and be required to carry the aforementioned review on their label. However, this does not mean that these sulfites were added artificially.

Our natural wines, which you can find at Whino , They are around 15mg per liter and are the result of the natural fermentation process (they are not added later).

The problem is that there is too wide a margin between 10mg/liter and 200mg/liter, which causes many large-scale producers to deliberately approach the maximum limit to preserve their wines for longer.

In our view, the regulations should require that just as the degree of alcohol must be specified, the exact content of sulfites should also be indicated and whether they have been added artificially.

But the regulations are not always faithful to the interests of the population and favor other types of economic or commercial interests.

Types of natural wines: beyond the technical.

Within the category of natural wines, there are various expressions that will delight your palate:

  • Orange or Amber : These wines are made from white grapes, but they are allowed to ferment with their skins, which gives them that characteristic amber color and unique complexity.
  • Sulfite-Free Reds : Some producers choose to do without the use of sulfites, common preservatives in the wine industry. This results in wilder and more authentic wines.

  • Natural Effervescence : Let's celebrate life with natural bubbles! Natural sparkling wines are produced by fermentation in the bottle, without the addition of sugars or external yeasts.

Georgian natural wines: an ode to tradition.

Now, let's talk about a particularly special wine treasure: Georgia's natural wines.

This ancient Caucasus nation has been the cradle of viticulture for thousands of years, and its natural wines are the pinnacle of craftsmanship and tradition.

In Georgia, winemaking is almost a sacred ceremony. Using ancient methods, such as fermentation in Qvevris (buried clay amphorae), Georgian winemakers create wines that are true masterpieces.

The diversity of native grapes and deep connection to the land make every sip a delicious experience.

Why are Georgian natural wines the best?

  • Millennial Heritage : Georgians have been making wine continuously for more than 8,000 years. This rich heritage is reflected in the quality and authenticity of each bottle.

  • Traditional Methods : Fermentation in Qvevris, buried underground, allows the wine to breathe and evolve naturally, capturing the nuances of the terroir.

  • Unique Varieties : Georgia has more than 500 grape varieties, many of which are unique to the region. This results in wines with extraordinary and unique flavor profiles.

In conclusion, Georgian natural wines are a wine gem that you cannot overlook. Explore the richness of tradition, passion and authentic flavor with each bottle.

Discover the magic of Georgia in every sip and elevate your wine experience to new heights!

In our Whino store, we offer you a careful selection of some of these treasures, ready for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home.

Cheers and enjoy the authentic!

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