Oddbird winery launches world’s first natural wines liberated from alcohol
Oddbird winery is releasing two low intervention organic wines completely liberated from alcohol. Oddbird Low Intervention Organic White No. 1 and Low Intervention Organic Red No. 1 are grown in mineral-rich soils at high altitudes in Breganze, located in Veneto, northern Italy. The wines’ cultivation process is entirely organic without the use of fertiliser, irrigation or spraying, which elevates the taste of the wine as well as protects the area’s high biodiversity of animals, plants and insects. The CO2 footprint is several times lower than that of the average vineyard.
“We have created the world’s first natural wines liberated from alcohol, where you actually get to experience the location, nature and climate in which they are grown,” says Moa Gürbüzer, founder of Oddbird. “The exposed climate on volcanic soil at high altitudes, as well as the organic cultivation, mean that the vines have to work hard. The result is a natural strength in the wines, which are able to survive the dealcoholizing process without losing their unique character.”
Low Intervention Organic White No. 1 and Low Intervention Organic Red No. 1 are the first wines from Oddbird in a series of non-alcoholic natural wines from different vineyards across the world. These natural wines will be available for a limited time. Only 8,000 and 10,000 bottles of the white and red wines respectively will be crafted for this launch, and they will be available in the US and the UK as well as the EU via Oddbird’s online store. The price of a bottle is €15.
Oddbird Low Intervention Organic White No. 1
This natural white wine is produced from the local grape varieties Vespaiola and Garganega. Vespaiola has a very high acidity as well as a naturally high sugar level, which creates well-structured and long-lasting wines. Garganega is an aromatic grape that receives a high minerality from the volcanic soil. The wine ferments in steel tanks for freshness. The taste includes notes of August pear, stone fruit, beeswax and a clean, fresh, mineral-rich citric acid.
Oddbird Low Intervention Organic Red No. 1
This natural red wine is a mixture of Merlot and Pinot Noir, both vinified in small volumes in oak barrels. The Merlot wine is stored in 225-liter French oak barrels, while part of the Pinot Noir wine is stored in French 500-liter oak barrels. In the finished blend, Merlot adds fruitiness and freshness, while Pinot Noir gives the wine length and finesse. In terms of taste, there are notes of blueberries, blackberries and dark cherries as well as hay and oak barrels. The aftertaste has clear but soft tannins. Oddbird Low Intervention Organic Red No. 1 is served lightly chilled around 16 degrees.