Very interesting development in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. I’s a coalition of Marlborough wine growers, called MANA, for Marlborough Natural Winegrowers. The five producers involved are Fromm, Herzog, Huia, Seresin and Te Whare Ra.
I like their approach, and like their wines. Here’s what they say about the venture:
‘Natural Winegrowing’ isn’t a prescriptively defined term and the group is comfortable with that. While each company’s approach and practices are different, they share a core belief in traditional, natural, artisanal winemaking – growing grapes and making wines without using chemicals, making yield, harvest, winemaking and business decisions with quality foremost in mind and creating truly expressive and unique wines. All winegrowing involves human intervention, but the question is how much. Natural winegrowing suggests “less is more” – the less the soil, grapes and wines are artificially manipulated, the more the wines can express where they come from.
Pictured (from left): Willie Hoare (Fromm), Jason Flowerday (TWR), Hätsch Kalberer (Fromm), Anna Flowerday (TWR), Claire Allan (Huia), Mike Allan (Huia), Therese Herzog (Herzog), Hans Herzog (Herzog) and MJ Loza (Seresin)