Innovation in winemaking fills growing consumer demand

Low alcohol wines are certainly not new. They account for a small, but growing market. Overlay this with the substantial increase in consumption of organic wines and general well-being, and we find The Natural Wine Co.’s innovative Lightly Sparkling wines ($20) gaining much attention.

With a long history of growing organic grapes, Canowindra’s Jason O’Dea has been working on The Natural Wine Co. Lightly Sparkling for nearly three years. “A few years ago we were successful in receiving support from Wine Australia, with the subsequent research highlighting the growing demand for these types of wines,” explained O’Dea.

The organic aspect of the winemaking was the easy part, given Jason’s 20-year history of growing organic grapes. The winemaking took more research, combining new techniques with ancient winemaking.

“Our winemaking research was conducted over a number of vintages, with small parcels of wine made under various techniques in order to achieve a lower alcohol without losing flavour and mouthfeel,” explained winemaker Anthony D’Onise. 

The Natural Wine Co. Lightly Sparkling
The Natural Wine Co. Lightly Sparkling

“Whilst we like to keep the exact winemaking a bit of a secret, we have used some aspects of the Ripasso technique. This allows us to build flavour in the wines whilst we manage the alcohol development. 

“The initial inspiration was from my father who told of Italian wine bars where the owners would produce low alcohol wines called ‘La Graspia’, using these methods, made for the local ‘Contadino’. These wines were somewhat unsophisticated, so we have combined these with more modern techniques to create these wines.

“From the organic grape growing, to the preservative free winemaking, we are particularly happy with how these wines came together; the feedback has been fantastic.”

The new The Natural Wine Co. Lightly Sparkling White and Rosé are organic, low in alcohol, low in calories, vegan and preservative free.

“They’re somewhat of a niche wine, with few in the market,” said O’Dea. “They allow people to ‘stay longer’. The wines are perfect for those looking to lower the amount of alcohol they are consuming, or simple for those wanting a refreshing, enjoyable wine with a touch of fizz.”

Distribution: The Natural Wine Co range of wines are widely distributed and available at www.thenaturalwineco.com.au

2021 The Natural Wine Co. Lightly Sparkling Rosé (8.0% Alc/vol): $20
2021 The Natural Wine Co. Lightly Sparkling White (8.0% Alc/vol): $20

For further information, images or samples please contact:  

David Cumming at Define Wine Marketing & Communications: 0414 736 342 or david@definewine.com.au 

Jason O’Dea at The Natural Wine Co.:  0427 443 598 or jason@windowrie.com.au

The Natural Wine Co., established in 2014, is a collective of wine professionals who banded together to fill a niche for an organic, preservative free, fruit driven Shiraz. The winegrowing behind The Natural Wine Co. sits with a very experienced organic grower, Jason O’Dea. The vineyards, which have been grown organically for many years are located at Canowindra in the Central Ranges of New South Wales. The 2020 The Natural Wine Co. Shiraz was recently awarded a gold medal at The Global Organic & Vegan Wine Masters 2021.