Organic & Biodynamic Discoveries
In celebration of the most naturally produced wines on the Astrum list... Winemaking at its most unobtrusive.
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The biodynamic producer Franz Weninger from Austria experiments with the fantastic grape Blaufränkisch on a series of different soil types whilst championing biodynamic viticulture. With a few vineyards also just across the border in Hungary, his wines are the ultimate expression of terroir, with even the aged wines tasting alive and pulsing with vibrant acidity.
Sergio Mottura Cantina_La Tana dell'Istrice Wine Hotel
When Sergio Mottura’s estate turned to organic grape-growing and eco-sustainable farming practices, it became completely overrun with a rare and protected species of porcupines. These animals are remarkably sensitive to pollution and pesticides and clearly found Mottura’s clean, orgnanically-managed vineyards the perfect haven. Ever since, the creature has become the winery’s mascot.
Organic Producer Johanneshof Reinisch blows ours socks off with this St Laurent. The perfect wine for British wintry cuisine.. think roasts, stews, open fires after long chilly walks...
Centopassi – breaking the silence
The Sicilan-based wine producer Centopassi are inspirational in their ability to both produce fantastic wines whilst also joining the fight against the Mafia. All their vines grow on land confiscated from the Mafia by Libera Terra. Organic wine that also makes a social contribution? Pretty damn impressive...