Best Natural Wines in 2024
Here are our picks for best natural wines in 2024. These winemakers have embraced a combination of organic, biodynamic, dry-farm, regenerative or sustainable practices to deliver an unparalleled tasting wine experience. From lush biodynamic vineyards to low-minimal intervention winemaking, each bottle tells a story of terroir and dedication. The focus is on very low to no added suliftes and chemical-free wines. Discover the nuanced flavors and aromas that define the best natural wines of the year, offering not just a libation but a journey through the pure essence of the grape, just as it should be. Elevate your wine appreciation with our guide to the finest natural wines, embodying the spirit of 2024's wine culture.
First stop, California. Natural wine scene here is thriving and this white from the Central Coast is a prime example. A delightfully crisp and tangy wine with a gorgeous texture and nutty notes. Bursting with tropical flavors of melon and pineapple, along with a dash of citrus and a chalky finish. The nose is lovely, boasting jasmine, honeysuckle, and peach aromas. This isn't your typical white wine by the way - Gamay Noir is a red grape variety typically used to make red wine so this bottle has characteristics of a Gamay Noir, without all of the tannins you'd get in a red wine.
Bordeaux inspired red wine. On the nose, the wine is vibrant with aromas of black cherry, red currant, and hints of chocolate. On the palate, the wine is silky, with a balanced acidity and tannins that are firm yet smooth. The flavors are bold and fruit-forward, with distinct notes of ripe plum, blackberry, and a touch of vanilla.
Anything Field Recordings makes is gold - this red made out of our favorite grape variety (Merlot) is no exception - full of flavor, with notes of vanilla spice latte, plum sauce, and just a hint of tobacco leaf. Elegant wine without the fancy price tag.
Willamette Valley, Oregon. Lively, fresh and aromatic mostly Pinot Noir wine. Inspired by the many European wine regions (like Touraine, France) that produce light, fresh red wines intended for early consumption, named for the tectonic province that shapes our region. Grapes were co-fermented together, 30% of them whole cluster. Can serve slightly chilled if preferred, but not necessary.
Next stop, Portugal. Fifty-year-old vines from Bojo do Luar winery. The nose reveals notes of cherries and tangy raspberry, while the palate is met with lingonberry and a hint of savory currant leaf. This fresh red can even be chilled and finishes with a touch of spiciness reminiscent of Earl Grey tea. Can be served slightly chilled. Portuguese wines are high quality and surprisingly extremely affordable - we don't expect that to remain for much longer.
Another Bojo do Luar banger. A bouquet that's reminiscent of candy, this lightly fizzy red wine has a bold taste with hints of strawberries, cherries, and raspberries, and just a touch of funkiness and a tart kick. Its color is almost like a rose, making it a fruity and fun choice for any occasion. Serve chilled.
Last stop is Bergerac, France. Get ready for a burst of color in this red blend - a deep ruby wine studded with playful purple chips. The nose, with hints of licorice and light red fruits like blackcurrant, promises a round and fruity palate, lifted by a refreshing zing.