Amphora wines: The joy of clay

Are wines made in amphorae just the latest winemaking fad, or is there something more substantial to it? Simon J Woolf gets to the bottom of winemakers’ growing affinity for clay vessels...

They’ve become a must-have accessory for wineries everywhere on the planet, in much the same way that hip restaurant kitchens boast a kamado grill, or craft breweries proudly show off their clutch of used Sherry barrels. Their primeval form commands attention: they are an Instagrammer’s dream.

Simon J Woolf is an awarded wine writer who specialises in natural wine, and author of Amber Revolution: How the World Learned to Love Orange Wine

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