🚨 Discover BARVENU : a new recommended restaurant and bar in Tongeren, Belgium 🇧🇪 Natural wine and food lovers – we are raising a glass to Barvenu, just registered on Raisin! A happening spot to share small plates with friends, specialty gins and cocktails, craft beer, and of course…natural wines from around the world.
From Riffault 🇫🇷 to Babini 🇮🇹 to Beck 🇦🇹 – you can taste a little bit of everything here!
We also would like to thank Barvenu for their financial support using the fast registration⚡ process, which promises a 48 HOURS GUARANTEED REGISTRATION to appear quickly on our map of recommended establishments around the world with 30% minimum natural wine.
Are you a natural wine establishment and wish to be recommended on our app? Send us an email to email@example.com including 📁 Wine list + #️⃣ Links to the Instagram, Facebook + 📸PICTURES of your establishment and wines.
At this decisive time of the climate changing, our relationship with the world around us and with sustainable agriculture is critical. In France, one of the world’s biggest wine producer, 30% of the pesticides spread are by viticulture, which is only 3% of the agricultural surface. Raisin, the natural wine app, supports a humanistic economy… And we love the gardeners of the vines (aka winemakers)! Producing natural wine allows winemakers to be paid off for their hard, honest work. The average price of a wine bottle sold fluctuates depending on where you live: from low as 1,99 € in southern Europe, to higher prices in non-wine producing countries. As you might expect, there is no possible way of making a quality wine at such a low price without taking dramatic shortcuts, resulting in both environmental concerns and impacting fair wages. If tomorrow the vineyards were made up of winemakers only working in this eco-friendly fashion, it would create a world of difference with beautiful biodiversity and a balance in our environment.
Since its creation, Raisin has aimed to make the natural wine world more easily accessible and understandable for everyone. To do so, the app shows our users where they can find this type of wine. With the new label scanning feature, we are taking it a step further and offering the ability to know how your wine is made. Imagine going into an establishment, scanning a label, and having the opportunity to verify and choose that the wine in your glass is one that is respectful of the environment and man. This feature is not intended to replace the expertise of a sommelier or a wine merchant, rather to serve as a complementary and practical tool.
OUR DEFINITION OF NATURAL WINE:
Natural wine is a wine that is made only from grapes, and sometimes a little bit of sulphites, that respects both nature and the people behind it. These wines are often practicing organic and/or biodynamic farming in the vineyard, and in the cellar, they go beyond any certification and produce a wine that restores the taste of fermented fruit. A wine that highlights first and foremost the work of the winemaker, not a factory. For reference, here are the levels of yeasts and additives authorized in wine:
WHAT ARE OUR CRITERIA FOR VALIDATION?
Raisin does not intend to push its vision of natural wine on the world, but instead desires to embrace the movement in all its diversity – including its rebellious side to any fixed and restrictive definition. However, our team is loyal to certain criteria that we have borrowed from the Association of Natural Wine’s (AVN) original charter. Although this charter is no longer available, the current version only slightly differs on volumes of sulphites and the requirement of organic certification: “Cahier des charges (AVN).” The wines that we validate must be made without additives and the use of pesticides, except the occasional small amount of sulphites added (30 mg/L for reds and 40 mg/L for whites maximum). Therefore, we validate wines based on the work done by winemakers, because that’s what it all comes down to! For a winemaker to be considered natural on Raisin, 30% of the wine they are producing must be natural.
HOW CAN WE DISTINGUISH BETWEEN DIFFERENT WINES?
Raisin is the natural wine application. With this title, our ambition is to create a complete list of all the wines produced naturally with as much detail as possible about how they were crafted, and the artisans who made them. On the other hand, we have no intention of listing all of the conventional wines out there, nor those that already have a certification (AB, Ecocert, Demeter, Biodyvin, etc). We strive to highlight true initiatives for natural winemaking, rather than those trying to deceive consumers with false advertisement, and that are far from respecting craftsmanship and the environment. That is why each wine posted on Raisin is reviewed according to three categories:
A) WINE MADE BY A NATURAL WINEMAKER:: That we have validated. B) THIS WINE IS ORGANIC AND/OR BIODYNAMIC: Which has one of these certifications, but is not vinified in a natural way. C) IS NOT MADE BY A NATURAL WINEMAKER: It could be confused with the work of a natural winemaker, but is produced conventionally. D) WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION ABOUT THIS WINE: Without the necessary information about this winemaker, we are not in a position to categorize.
📖 WHEN YOU POST YOUR WINES ON RAISIN:
You are helping enrich the information available about natural wines and winemakers. Once reviewed and validated, this information is available to and benefits the entire natural wine community. Furthermore, we have the same level of transparency that winemakers possess about their wines – we don’t rent or sell your data, and no one has access to your private information. In short, on Raisin, you will not be an advertising target. For any further questions, don’t hesitate to write us: firstname.lastname@example.org
GEA FROM FILIPPO MANETTI VIGNE DI SAN LORENZA – CHRISTOPHE’S WINE OF THE WEEK…
“When I moved to Emilie-Romagne, I knew very little about the local wines.
This region falls under domination of large cooperatives that often results in wines lacking a true identity.Unfortunately, this is often the case with Albana, the local varietal which was used in the first Italian wines to receive the DOCG (Denominazione di origine Controllata), the highest mark of recognition for an Italian appellation.
And then one beautiful day, I met Filippo Manetti, who manages around 3 hectares of vines on the hills of the medieval village of Brisighella. Filippo built his home and farmhouse in a renovated old church – it is a true haven of peace!
Now let’s talk about the wines.
The cuvée Gea is a wine made with 100% Albana, where you can find the entire soul of the varietal! With a few days of maceration, the golden color is constantly evolving in the glass, and has an enchanting nose of jammy fruits, wisteria, chamomile, and herbs. This wine has a nice acidic structure, and a touch of tannins – evoking a beautiful emotion!
Come visit this region and its winemakers who make little gems like this!”
40,000 POSTS ON RAISIN – THANK YOU USERS ❣️ We have our dedicated and passionate community of users to thank for this milestone…we’ve reached 40,000 natural wines posted on Raisin!
When you post photos on Raisin, you help us enrich the database 🗂 of natural wines and winemakers that just keeps growing. Once moderated and validated, this information is available to the entire community looking to try new natural wines 🍷
We now have 1,500 registered natural winemakers, wherever the vines grow + 15,000 natural wines referenced (appellation, region, grape variety, etc.)!
We couldn’t do it without you, and appreciate your key role in making Raisin as global and up-to-speed as possible 🌎👏 Cheers to you!
The Raisin team is wishing all of you a very happy new year! We hope your 2019 is full of new natural wines and good times, that’s our resolution 😉
It’s a new year, but Raisin has the same mission: to continue to grow the world of natural wine and lead its lovers to drinking and eating well, wherever they are on the planet!
But…there will be some exciting ✨NEW FEATURES✨ coming your way this 2019, and we can’t wait to share them with you.
Thanks to those who have been a part of our journey throughout the years, and welcome to all of the new members of the Raisin community along for the ride! We are raising a glass (and popping a digital pet-nat) to you in the new year 🥂🍾
Is everyone ready for this? Hotels and restaurants booked? Planes, trains, and automobiles? Don’t forget your wine-opener…let’s GO! Every year, the natural wine world shows its lively spirit and dynamic energy throughout this intense week of 10 magnificent wine tastings. Will we see you there?