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Copper, Chamomile, Clay: Can Homeopathic Winemaking Be Natural?

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Copper, Chamomile, Clay: Can Homeopathic Winemaking Be Natural?

by Aaron Ayscough

Aaron Ayscough steps through the looking glass for TFL. Exploring the frontiers of homeopathy in winemaking, which represents either a promising new tool for natural winemakers, or the beginning of the end of natural wine.

‘Nothing added, nothing removed,’ goes one commonly accepted natural winemaking principle. But lately certain natural winemakers in Alsace and beyond have begun to test the limits of what defines a winemaking additive by adding homeopathic treatments to wine. If an additive has no scientifically measurable effect on a wine, is it truly an additive after all?