RAW WINE Berlin, the artisan wine fair

13/05/2018 - 14/05/2018

Join us for the fourteenth edition of a RAW WINE fair, and our first one in Berlin in the spring! We’re back at the Markthalle Neun and delighted to be hosting over 150 of the world’s best low-intervention organic / biodynamic / natural wine growers & makers once again for the fair. Join us!

Eine Einführung in die Weine auf der Messe

(Information in English below)

Alle Weine, die auf der RAW WINE präsentiert werden, müssen folgenden Kriterien gerecht werden:

  • Die Weingärten müssen biologisch oder biodynamisch bewirtschaftet werden
  • Das gesamte Weingut muß biologisch oder biodynamisch bewirtschaftet werden
  • Die Trauben müssen händisch gelesen werden
  • Ausschließlich natürliche Hefen sind für die Gärung erlaubt, Ausnahme ist die zweite Gärung bei Schaumweinen
  • Keine Additive in der Weinbereitung sind erlaubt mit Ausnahme von Schwefel mit einem Maximalgehalt von 70 mg/Liter gesamtes SO2
  • Keine Eingriffe im Weinwerdungsprozess wie Konzentration, Osmose und so weiter sind erlaubt
  • Wird ein Wein chaptalisiert, so ist dies ausdrücklich im Katalog vermerkt
  • Die meisten Weine sind unfiltriert, ist dies nicht der Fall, so wird das ebenfalls vermerkt
  • Alle präsentierten Weine sind sowohl für Vegetarier als auch Veganer verträglich

Some maintain that wine has never been better, cleaner, more consistent, or travelled so well as it does today. Equally, wine has never been made with so many pesticides, additives, preservatives and processes. Most wines, including some Bordeaux crus classés, Champagne Grande Marques and household brands are nowadays no longer made exclusively from grapes. They are products of the agrochemical food industry.  The concept of wine’s ‘poetry’, its artistry or romantism, or indeed its exceptionality as a product with a sense of place is becoming rarer.

Wines at RAW WINE are not that. They are natural, artisan products. They come from organic agriculture, as a minimum, but may also be from farms that are biodynamic or use permaculture or perhaps the Fukuoka model. The agricultural practices used are sustainable. What sets the wines apart though from other conventional organic and biodynamic wines, is that they are made naturally in the cellar.

It is difficult to comprehend how rare this is unless you understand where the vast majority of wine is at today. RAW WINE is therefore committed to transparency, as Isabelle Legeron MW says “my aim is to promote transparency in the wine world in order to support the art of authentic wine production. I want to help people think about what they drink. It is not about condemning practices; it is about raising awareness so that people can decide what they drink. At the moment, they can’t.”

The Charter of Quality:

RAW WINE is about fine, natural wines that are true to where they are from – that have an authenticity of taste that most wines today have lost.

Below is the charter of quality, which we sent to all the artisans interested in attending RAW WINE. It is based on the following principles:

We believe that one of the fundamental tenets for producing expressive, living wine is a vibrant, healthy vineyard with soil that is full of life – bugs, natural yeasts and a thriving ecosystem within which the vines thrive independently. Vines that do not need man as a crutch to survive. We therefore promote agricultural practices that make this happen. These include (but are not limited to) the likes of biodynamics, organics and permaculture. To find out more about these agricultural practices take a look at our other website isabellelegeron.com, which includes a pretty good introduction on the topic and also includes suggested further reading if you’d like to know more.

Once the grapes hit the cellar, we like them to not be heavily processed or have lots of additives added to them. We prefer the resulting wine to just be – better for our health (if done properly) and certainly better for taste. We definitely require indigenous yeasts to ferment the wine – no lab-bred, inoculated, aromatic (or even non-aromatic) ones (with the exception of the traditional sparking method – see our Charter below – although we would like to stress that there are lots of delicious petillants naturels around that are totally free of innoculated yeast…). We know that sometimes natural producers chaptalise or acidify – we personally would prefer that they didn’t but that is a personal choice that is up to them to make and up to us whether or not we buy.

The trickiest additive to our mind is SO2. Even within the natural wine world itself, there is much debate around how much is too much. Indeed, Isabelle Legeron MW promotes as limited a use of SO2 as possible and there are many delicious examples of wines that use none at all.

Different wine associations impose different limits on their members, all of which are significantly below the accepted levels for conventional wines. Since RAW WINE welcomes different associations to its event the total sulphites vary significantly not only from artisan to artisan but also from wine to wine, even within a single artisan’s portfolio. The level of total sulphites is systematically included on a wine’s page.

The Charter itself:

All wines presented at RAW WINE have to meet the following criteria:

  • The entirety of the domaine from which the grapes are issued must be farmed organically and/or biodynamically.
  • Grapes must be hand-harvested.
  • No yeasts may be added, except in the case of the second fermentation of sparkling wines, when neutral yeasts may be used. This information will be included in the catalogue.
  • No blocked malolactic fermentation.
  • No winemaking additives (yeasts, enzymes, vitamins, lysozymes etc) may be used in the cellar except for low levels of sulfites. You will be asked to supply analysis paperwork detailing total levels of sulfites for each wine you are presenting at RAW WINE. These levels will be included in the RAW WINE catalogue and on the RAW WINE website. If you do not add any sulfites whatsoever, the mention “no added sulfites” will appear instead.

**   Please noteno sulphite totals may exceed 70 mg/L regardless of colour or style.

  • No ‘heavy-manipulation’ has been carried out using winemaking gadgetry such as reverse osmosis, cryo-extraction, spinning cone, and so forth.
  • No sterile filtration is permitted.
  • Most of the wines showcased will not have been fined or filtered. If your wine has been fined or filtered, it will be clearly labeled as such.
  • Wines in the catalogue and online will be marked as NOT ‘suitable for vegetarians’ and/or ‘suitable for vegans’ when applicable. You will therefore be asked to give us the type of fining agent used which will be mentioned in the RAW WINE catalogue and on the RAW WINE website.
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