No added sulfur wine: Five to try

A growing number of winemakers are cutting back on sulfites in wine. Here's five wines with no added sulfur dioxide in the cellar, chosen by Simon Woolf.

Sulfur dioxide – or ‘sulphur’ dioxide – is added to wines to prevent oxidisation and keep out harmful bacteria – but there’s a growing movement towards low sulfite wines, with some winemakers refusing to add any sulfur in the cellar.

As Simon Woolf explains in his Decanter feature, sulfites in wine: friend or foe, some sulfur dioxide will be present naturally in the winemaking process.

Some winemakers believe additional sulfur can affect the more delicate aromas in wines, and wines without sulfur added have extra complexity.

Simon Woolf picks out five wines to try…

No added sulfur wines – Five to try:

Cotar, Vitovska 2011

Branko Cotar has been producing wine with no added SO2 and a week of skin contact for 40 years..


Radikon, Jakot 2008

Stanko Radikon and son Saša have moved gradually from minimal to no SO2 over the past decade...


Gut Oggau, Joshuari 2012

This Blaufränkisch from near the Neusiedlersee is still quite tight, but the wild cherry fruit is already expressive...