Red Wine

Red Wine

Red Wine

Gentle Folk - 2023 Sangiovese
2023 Sangiovese
Gentle Folk - 2023 Pinot Noir
2023 Pinot Noir
Gentle Folk - 2023 Gamay
2023 Gamay
Orbis Wines - 2022 Dry Red
2022 Dry Red
Jauma - 2023 'Tikka the Cosmic Cat' Red Blend
2023 'Tikka the Cosmic Cat' Red Blend
Jauma - 2023 'Audrey’s Fairygarten' Shiraz
2023 'Audrey’s Fairygarten' Shiraz
Raica - 2022 Zizzica
2022 Zizzica
Onannon - 2023 Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir
2023 Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir
White Gate Wine Co - 2022 Old Vine Grenache
2022 Old Vine Grenache
White Gate Wine Co - 2023 MISFIT
White Gate Wine Co - 2022 Syrah
2022 Syrah
Matthias Warnung - 2020 'Espere' Zweigelt
2020 'Espere' Zweigelt
Saltfleet - 2022 Mataro
2022 Mataro
Minim - 2023 Hitch Sangiovese
2023 Hitch Sangiovese
Ojisan - 2022 Rouge
2022 Rouge
Date Night
Date Night
The Hedonist - 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
Salcheto - 2022 Chianti Biskero
2022 Chianti Biskero
La Ginestra - 2020 Chianti DOCG
2020 Chianti DOCG
Architects of Wine - 2022 Nebbiolo Normale
2022 Nebbiolo Normale
Konpira Maru - 2023 Voltron
2023 Voltron
Walsh and Sons - 2021 Roi Cabernet Sauvignon
2021 Roi Cabernet Sauvignon
L.A.S. Vino - 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
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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