In Marco Sara`s own words.
We believe that a system of organic agriculture that respects the land like any other living organism is the best way to preserve the quality and authenticity of our grapes. The search for a balance with the environment, respect for natural cycles are the principles that guide us in life and in running the business.
We grew up, we listened, we learned, we experienced... we are still on the way.
Since years we attend Natural Wines fairs. We know that this word is much abused, but we believe it is useless to look for another one, that will also be devoid of meaning. We might as well keep definitions and fill them with meaning. For us, natural wine means responsibility, sustainability, balance of living beings, craft that takes into account the past but looks to the future. For us, natural wine means to be less invasive as possible to nature. the winemaker is not bulky and dominant presence but co-star along with the other elements necessary for quality viticulture (soil, climate, landscape, biodiversity, collective culture).
The absence of synthetic chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides brings fertility to the land; spontaneous fermentations give way to the territory to express itself with spontaneity; indigenous yeasts preserve grape temperament and varieties; winemaking technology without corrections and additives and thrift in the use of sulphites give health to the wine.
Drinkability (a drinkable and digestible wine), Territoriality (a wine which is expression of a territory and its culture), Sensitivity-Humanity (a wine that reflects a person and respects what surrounds it), Depth (due to the deep roots of old vines). this, in a nutshell, is our idea of the characteristics of natural wine.
"Ultimately, the most important factor is not the cultivation technique, but rather the state of mind of those who cultivate it" Fukuoka says. so we are talking of cultivating not only our land but our lives. (Taken directly from Marco's website as I can't think anything expresses it better. And it did inspire me to read Fukuoka's book, which is fascinating)
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