On several occasions we have discussed the differences between organically, sustainably, and biodynamically grown wine grapes; organic and natural wines; and other aspects of growing grapes and making wine. It’s time to set the record straight (at least from our point of view).
First, growing grapes and making wine naturally is not a marketing ploy. It is the right thing to do. It is better for the earth. It is better for the plants. It is better for the quality of the grapes. It is better for the wine. It is better for the consumer drinking those wines. So why wouldn’t you produce wine this way.
Second, we are trying to produce distinguishing wines from the hundreds that are available. We believe the best way to do that is to produce wines that most reflect the place where the grapes were grown. That is the one element no other producer can duplicate. Our wines are one of a kind.
Third, at Youngberg Hill we celebrate the differences of where the fruit is grown on our hill and from vintage to vintage. While there is consistency from year to year in how we grow the grapes and make our wines, and therefore, the underlying characteristics of our wines; every year’s wines will demonstrate the unique characteristics of that growing season. And each section of our vineyard brings forth distinct characteristics year over year that makes the wines produce from those different sections of the vineyard distinguish themselves.
As a grape grower and winemaker, it is the most challenging and most rewarding aspect of our work. Much like raising children, every child is different and being raised in similar and different circumstances, therefore, every child is unique and must be parented uniquely. And of course, each child will grow to be a completely unique adult. That is both the challenge and the reward. At Youngberg Hill our passion is to have the opportunity to start with natures beautiful ingredients, to nurture them, to keep them safe, and to provide for them all they need.
What do you like most about your favorite wine?