FAQs and wine tips

How to store natural wine?

How to serve wine?

Are organic wines the same as natural wines?

Links to wine books and grape varieties

How to store natural wine

natural wine SangratoNatural wines continue to develop in the bottle so it is very important to store them properly:

Light: store your wine in darker conditions as excessive light can prematurely age and spoil it.

Temperature: keep your wine at a stable temperature between 10 to 15 degrees. It is very important that the temperature is constant and does not fluctuate.

Humidity: store where the humidity levels are greater than 50%.

Cork: our wines are on cork closures, please store the bottles laying down, so the cork is always wet, otherwise it may shrink and allow oxygen to enter the bottle and thus spoil the wine

Consider buying a wine cellar cabinet – they are not expensive and a good investment for wine lovers.

How to serve wine

As with storage, temperature is very important for serving any wine. If you serve wine too warm all you taste is alcohol; if you serve it too cold it will lose some of its flavours and aromas.

We have put this recommendation on the back labels of our natural wines:

  • Red wine: best served at temperature about 15ºC, so on a hot day a quick chill is essential.
  • White wine: best served cooler but not over-chilled. Take it out of the fridge for about 20-30 minutes before serving. If the weather is too hot, place it in a bucket with water and some ice in it.
  • Rose wine: as per white wine
  • Orange wine (amber wine): as per white wine

Natural wine vs organic wine

It can be confusing to know the differences between “natural wines”, “organic wines”and  “biodynamic wines” as well as their place in relation to the conventionally made (industrial) wines.

To start with, true natural wines – such as ours – are made only from winemaker’s own organically-grown grapes AND with no SO2 or additives or manipulation of any sort during winemaking.

This isn’t necessarily the case with either “organic wines” or “biodynamic wines”, and certainly not the case with industrial wines.

It can also be confusing to distinguish between the genuine natural wines and those made with grapes that aren’t necessarily organically-grown – which, we must say, is very often the case, unfortunately!

“Organic” is what most people think of, when we describe “natural wines”. There are some major differences between us and other organic winemakers:

  • organic wines can have additives, preservatives, sulfites, artificial yeasts in them. We don’t put anything in our natural wine but grapes.
  • organic wines are supposed to be made from organically-grown grapes – however a number of chemicals are allowed in organic vineyards/agriculture. We don’t use any chemicals at Mill About Vineyard.

We are not organically-certified by principle – as we believe that certification should be compulsory for food/drinks that contain chemicals (to certify that they’re safe to consume) – not for food/drinks that are clean from any additives and/or preservatives.

Visit us, for an informative discussion with Stan, Mill About Vineyard’s wine grower and winemaker, and to taste true natural wines.