Joan Franquet, wine grower of Costador Terroirs Mediterranis works with organic vineyards where zero sulphite is added during winemaking. They work with no filtration and stabilization. They are located on the right side of Conca de Barbera, Tarragona region in Sarral town. He and his wife work primarily with Carignon and Grenache grapes originated from Priorat.
Joan ferments a large number of their wines in the amphorae clay called "tinajas" from Villarobledo with various sizes made by the master artisan Juan Padilla. They practice organic, and biodynamic methods following the lunar cycle where they also carry out manual harvesting.
WHAT IS NATURAL WINE?
More a movement than a set of certified winemaking procedures, there are no rigid definitions of natural wine. Natural wines from different producers can be incredibly diverse, ranging in styles and profiles due to the varying production methods. The lack of legislation often frees winemakers to make expressive and interesting wines.
Natural wines are made with as minimal intervention as possible, be it the techniques, additives or everything in between. The goal is to get a wine made with minimal processing, natural yeast, and no additional sulfites so that it serves as the best possible expression of the vineyard.
Now, there’s plenty of wriggle room here. Natural winemakers disagree on various practices, including adding some sulphites and filtering the finished wine. They agree on the basics, though: if treated sustainably, the vineyard can produce delicious wines using techniques that have existed for thousands of years. Natural methods can produce truly fantastic, complex wines, and the growing popularity of the movement means there is more choice than ever for the natural wine enthusiast.
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