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Could Regenerative Viticulture Possibly Result in a Better Wine?

Regenerative farming is an approach to cultivating the land, where the key focus is on improving the health of the soil. It builds the proportion of organic matter in the soil and increases its biodiversity with respect to microorganisms and plants. Its proponents claim that regenerative farming removes a meaningful amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and provides for crops with higher nutritional density than conventional farming.

Regenerative farming calls for growing a diverse set of cover crops and abstaining from tilling the soil or leaving it open to the elements. …

But the Artisanal Resurrection of Aromatized Wine Is Underway

The Origins of Vermouth

The oldest archeological evidence of winemaking dates back around 9000 years. The evidence for medicinal use of herbs is even much older. While we know that alcohol is a good extractor of medicinal plants’ active ingredients, we don’t know when and where herbs were first infused into wine. The oldest evidence we have, are the Roman recipes of the Apicius dating back to the first century A.D.

The Roman vermouth recipe from the Apicius calls for infusing wine with the following ingredients.

  • Wormwood (called “Wermut” in German, which gives the drink its name)
  • Mastich — a…

Hoss Hauksson

The only Icelandic winemaker in the World, but lives and works in Switzerland. Works biodynamically in the vineyard and uses minimal intervention in the cellar.

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