The question of what it means to be a minimal intervention winery is one without a simple answer. There are several ways of interpreting the idea. There are the certified wineries, which are committed to achieving organic or biodynamic status by meeting strict requirements to do with how they run their businesses. Sustainable operations are key, and the wines of these accredited labels follow rigorous standards that for the most part result in clean and classic styles.
There's also the more philosophical side or the ‘natural wine movement’. Wineries combine experimentation and Old World practices to create often pretty wild and exciting wines. There’s also a group who sit somewhere in between, taking a practical stance. Many operate as organically as possible within reason. It means wine growing with integrity. It is much more than sustainability. It’s a holistic approach to growing, making and even selling wine in the most authentic way possible. Likewise, hand-picking and dry-farming are ideals to be celebrated.