Red Wine

Red Wine

Red Wine

Yangarra - 2022 Ovitelli Grenache
2022 Ovitelli Grenache
Sinapius - 2022 Clos Planted Pinot Noir
2022 Clos Planted Pinot Noir
Poppelvej - 2023 Blue Rose Case Cinsault
2023 Blue Rose Case Cinsault
Oddero - 2020 Barbaresco Gallina
2020 Barbaresco Gallina
Oddero - 2019 Barolo Villero
2019 Barolo Villero
Oddero - 2019 Barolo Classico Superiore
2019 Barolo Classico Superiore
Grosset - 2022 'Gaia' Cabernet Blend
2022 'Gaia' Cabernet Blend
Dilworth & Allain - Franklinford Dolcetto
Franklinford Dolcetto
Oddero - 2021 Langhe Nebbiolo
2021 Langhe Nebbiolo
Borgogno - 2017 Barolo Liste DOCG
2017 Barolo Liste DOCG
Borgogno - 2015 Barolo Riserva
2015 Barolo Riserva
Piero Benevelli - 2022 Barbera
2022 Barbera
Lucy M - 2023 Syrah de Terre
2023 Syrah de Terre
Lucy M - 2023 L'enorme Merlot
2023 L'enorme Merlot
Les Fruits - 2023 Collines Pinot Noir
2023 Collines Pinot Noir
Marie & Sylvie Courselle - 2020 Vdf 'Temps de Lune’
2020 Vdf 'Temps de Lune’
Fogliati - 2021 Langhe Nebbiolo
2021 Langhe Nebbiolo
Smallfry - 2021 Vine Vale Shiraz
2021 Vine Vale Shiraz
Taka K - Bedford Estate Pinot Noir 2023
Bedford Estate Pinot Noir 2023
Taka K - 2023 Waipara Pinot Noir
2023 Waipara Pinot Noir
Yann Bertrand - 2022 OH! Beaujolais Supérieur
2022 OH! Beaujolais Supérieur
Syrahmi - 2022 Demi Syrah
2022 Demi Syrah
Atom Wines - 2023 Pinot Noir
2023 Pinot Noir
Red Wine

We all know what red wine is, but do we reeeeaaally know what a natural red wine is? The fundamen...Read More...

We all know what red wine is, but do we reeeeaaally know what a natural red wine is?

The fundamental characteristics are as such: dark-skinned grapes are picked from the vine, crushed ever so slightly to break their skins, left to macerate in the now starting to ferment juice; imparting tannin, colour, flavour. After the ideal amount of time for the winemaker, this mix of juice and solids is separated then put into a vessel that houses them until they finish fermenting, and then onwards whilst they age. This method can be tweaked and tailored depending on regional preferences, tradition, variety, experimentation, however, all red wines will have gone through some semblance of this process. The difference with the wines that we curate at Winona, is that alongside this, we stock natural wines. These are wines that are unfettered, energetic, engaging, exciting. They are farmed progressively, from makers who prioritise this in their viticultural practice: implementing organics, permaculture, biodynamics, or simply integrating sustainability to previously uncared for vineyards. The methods they use are gentle and lo-fi – natural wines are not tailored, they are expressive of the place they came from. No fining, no filtering, avoiding the use of chemicals or preservatives, keeping machinery to the minimum and always picking by hand. These time-consuming processes ensure the most expressive and beautiful fruit, and thus, the most beautiful natural wines. They keep their natural properties, antioxidants, natural microbes, water, and help to make you feel better when you drink, mentally ;) 

At Winona, we take pride in ranging natural red wines that encompass all styles and sections of the world. Natural red wines can sit outside of tradition in terms of look or feel, but there are plenty that fit within the bracket of what we currently know. The beauty is, when you look through the wines we stock, you can be assured you are making a more ethical decision by the environment, and taking care of smaller producers and growers.


The two biggest differences to look for when purchasing the perfect natural red wine for you, are variety and maceration method. If you prefer lighter, less textural, fruit-forward wines: Pinot Noir, Gamay, Grenache, Cinsault, Valpolicella blends. Wines that have been carbonically macerated, or held on their skins for shorter amounts of time imparting less tannin, and wines from cooler climates ensuring brighter acidity and prettier fruit. More medium bodied wines will find you seeking Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Barbera. Look for the middle of Italy, warmer New World regions such as Australia or South Africa, and the South of France. Like it broody and moody? Malbec, Shiraz, Nebbiolo, Aglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon. Chile, Barolo, Barossa, America and Bordeaux will be your best mates. 


Amidst the covetable Claret, the sensuous Sangiovese, boozy Blaufrankisch, malleable Merlot, gracious Grenache, the friend who reliably turns up to the party every time no matter the context – Pinot Noir, Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Shiraz. Or perhaps you prefer Indie recluses like Grolleau, Ploussard, Mondeuse, Xinomavro, Blaufrankisch, Pais, Pinotage...There’s a red out there for every palate, every mood, every milestone. 

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