Winemaking bears striking similarities to the debate about the sport of boxing versus judo. In boxing, one goes full throttle, punches hard, and bruises the opponent to win. It’s a display of strength, grit, and tenacity, but generally short-lived. In judo, there’s barely any aggression, rather it’s an art of movement, agility, adaptation, and wisdom. One doesn’t apply one’s own power, you manoeuvre according to your opponent’s movements, using their own strength against them to claim victory.
This is analogous to human intervention vis-a-vis natural progression in the making of wine. Punch hard, pump in chemicals, exploit the balance, and it’ll yield results — but not for long. Work with nature, pick what’s been dealt, turn it into opportunities, and you’ll create the best possible outcome. Take care of nature, and nature will take care of you, it’s really that simple. Human intervention has done so much that now there’s a definite need to balance the act. And who do you turn to then, to lead the way in doing this? Definitely the big guns, right? Sula Vineyards, India’s largest winemaker, is already leading by example.
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