The Transeurope Project. Four Bruichladdich enthusiasts from the town of Schwaz in the Austrian Tyrol visited us recently and brought us four ex-wine casks from two top vineyards in Burgundy, France who adhere to strict bio-dynamic principles. The casks were filled with spiirit distilled from biodynamically grown barley and will be used as part of our ongoing exploration of barley provenance.
Alexander Knapp, Elfi Muller, Gottfried Fercher. Luis Fercher and Gunther Scheitnagl have an informal whisky club, and first visited Bruichladdich back in 2012, when they were impressed by the commitment of our master distiller Jim McEwan to the concept of 'natural whisky'.
A small but important minority of French winemakers are also very interested in 'natural wines' and Dr Knapp explained how these pioneers often struggle against the tide of mainstream opinion, even within France. In winemaking, as with whisky, he says, there are forces which are always trying to standardise wines, to manage expectations so that they conform to pre-conceived ideas of how they should look and taste.