The Natural Wine Revolution



Now in its sixth year, RAW WINE London showcases the best in low-intervention winemaking, with growers and vignerons from around the world leading the tastings

Importing the Old World to the New
Jason Charles of Vinca Minor will pour four of his organic Californian wines at RAW WINE London. Working with five growers across Santa Cruz, Sonoma Valley, and Mendocino, he describes why this New World terroir is ideal for the cultivation of Old World varietals:

“The elevation and proximity to the ocean creates super conditions for classic Bordeaux varietals in California. We use Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, which when grown here are bright with high levels of acidity—that was the attraction of that appellation for us.”

The lush mountain terrain in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains is ideal for producing high-toned Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Furthermore, Charles thinks that Californian wineries not currently working organically could potentially be losing business: “People are asking more questions. They want to know where their fruit and vegetables come from—they want to know if they are organic. In the same way, they are asking more questions about wine. A lot of the farmers here have been organic for years, they just haven’t really shouted about it until now.”

People want to know where their fruit and vegetables come from and are asking more questions about wine

Just two hours north of San Francisco is Mendocino, where two Vinca Minor vineyards are located. A long history of agriculture that includes third, fourth, and even fifth-generation farming families as residents, the region is characterized by coastal winds that cool the sloped vineyards. Seventy-year-old Carignan and Syrah vines are dry-harvested organically here. Known for its bright red fruit and high acidity, Carignan grapes are typically used in the southern Rhône to enhance blends. In California, they create a wine with a powerful and intricate nose, with aromas of rose petal, violets, cassis, and tobacco leaf. 

Jason Charles of Vinca Minor enjoys a varied life between the laid-back Californian coast and the spectacular mountains.

High-altitude California dreaming
Having welcomed many French winemakers in the 1930s and 40s, Santa Cruz is an equally storied region. Overlooking the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains, protected from harsh coastal winds and close to the Lexington Reservoir, near Los Gatos, California, estates here often benefit from their own microclimate, and produce approachable fine wines. 

We’ve been lucky to find this under-the-radar region

Currently, vine cultivation in the Santa Cruz mountains is lower than in Mendocino, but its proximity to moneyed Silicon Valley and cosmopolitan San Francisco, combined with a truly stunning setting, means that the smattering of properties in or near the area is highly prized.

“For us, working naturally and minimally was right up our alley,” says Charles. “We’ve been lucky to find this under-the-radar region that felt like a place we could go into and make the wines that we really wanted to. It can be hard to buy property in the area now as it’s so in demand, but if you are able to it’s an absolutely beautiful place to live.”

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Raw Wine London | March 12th & 13th

We are excited to be participating in Raw Wine London!

  • When: Sunday, March 12th & Monday, March 13th from 10am - 6pm
  • Where: 180 The Strand, WC2R 1EA London.
  • What: Taste natural wines from 100's of winemakers from around the world! Trust us, it will be fun!
  • How: Buy Tickets!

RAW WINE is a two-day celebration of some of the best wine talent in the world. Featuring over 100 growers, RAW WINE is one of the most exciting collections of fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine artisans ever to come together in the capital. Their wines are pure, kind to the planet, very possibly better for your health and best of all they're absolutely delicious. 
RAW WINE is a totally independent wine fair created and organised by Isabelle Legeron MW. Taking place annually in London, Berlin and now New York, RAW WINE celebrates wines with emotion. Wines that have a humanlike, or living, presence. They are also wines that are an authentic expression of a place. They are the polar opposite of industrialised, big-brand, manufactured, nothing-but-alcoholic-grape-juice wines, that use imagery and suggestion to sell a product.
RAW WINE is about showcasing growers whose fundamental farming and cellar philosophies make these living wines possible. Many of these wines feature on the lists of the world's best restaurants. They are wines with cult followings and they're here, together, in London, for two days only so that wine lovers, connoisseurs and curious beginners alike can come together and try their wines.
RAW WINE is a platform for bringing these artisans together, as well as their importers; potential importers; the wine producer associations to which they belong; the trade professionals who want to write about them or stock them; and the wine amateurs (or 'ones who love') who would like to discover and drink them.
Welcome to RAW WINE: the astounding world of fine, natural wine.

If you are in town, come say hello, taste and peruse the amazing wines that are being poured by friends and icons. This event is truly the first of its kind - not to be missed!


 See you there!

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The Punchdown, Oakland | February 15th

One of our favorite people is in town, and there is no where else we would rather be then pouring our wines in celebration of her and her book.

Come out to The Punchdown in Oakland to meet Isabelle Legeron and drink some delicious natural wine.

    • When: Wednesday, February 15 @ 5:30pm
    • Where: The Punchdown, 1737 Broadway, Oakland, CA

 See you there!

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The New York Times | November 17, 2016

Wine That’s Not Only Natural, It’s Alive

With a nod to a growing contingent of American natural winemakers, around 25 were represented at the fair, including old favorites of mine like Dirty & Rowdy, which poured a wonderful, mineral-suffused mourvèdre from the Chalone region of California; Donkey & Goat; AmByth Estate (see if you can find its savory 2013 Paso Robles syrah); and Eyrie, now making a trousseau from the Dundee Hills of Oregon.

Newer names for me include Day Wines, making pure Willamette Valley pinot noirs, and Vinca Minor, which makes primarily cabernet sauvignon and carignan wines from old-vine vineyards in California.

Stephanie Tscheppe-Eselböck (pouring) and Eduard Tscheppe (behind her) of Gut Oggau, a small producer from the Burgenland in eastern Austria. CreditBenjamin Norman for The New York Times

“It was powerful, and we feel lucky to have been a part of it,” Jason Charles, Vinca Minor’s owner, said of the fair. “Isabelle is a force, and the community that she has built with RAW is remarkable.”

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Imbibe Magazine | The 2016 Holiday Issue

Vinca Minor 2013 Adastra Merlot featured in the Case of the Missing Merlot.

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