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Wine Subscriptions For The Lo-Fi Lovers

There is no denying that the natural, organic, bio-dynamic and minimal intervention wine movements are on the up, so it is no surprise that the number of lo-fi wine subscription services on the market is growing to match.

The ultimate way to explore new and exciting wines, subscription services are an easy way to become acquainted with the world of minimal intervention wines. For those who are already well acquainted, the subscriptions are an alternative avenue to get your hands on, and nose into, some less commonly seen drops.

For some of the best lo-fi wine subscription services on offer in Australia, look no further than these four family run ventures.

Different Drop

From a garage and 3 staffers in 2013, Different Drop has grown into one of Australia’s largest and most loved platforms for discovering local artisanal wines and spirits. The Different Drop team are passionate about adventurous and authentic wines and winemakers, and they strive to bridge the gap between them and the consumer.

Not everything in the Different Drop inventory is of the minimal intervention family, but their extensive catalogue does boast a 100+ bottle strong selection of lo-fi wines. With the likes of fun, fizzy petillant naturels and orange wines, to extremely limited clay pot fermented wines and 1.5L magnums of Savagnin, your monthly surprise delivery of natural wines is definitely in good hands.

As far as subscription services go, Different Drop don’t offer a standard ‘surprise dozen’ delivery service; but they do offer what is possibly one of the most customisable wine subscription services in all of Australia. With the ability to choose your budget, what sort of wines you prefer, the number of bottles per deliver and the frequency of your wine delivery, you can really home in and create the perfect parameters for your surprise package.

If you aren’t too good with surprises, you can also read the tasting notes and order pre-packaged boxes of natural wines from their online store.

A Wine Service

A newspaper and a liquor merchant – it isn’t your typical pairing, but the results prove it is a genius one all the same.

A collaboration between The Saturday Paper, and Paul and Jessica Ghaie’s Melbourne and Canberra based boutique liquor store, Blackhearts & Sparrows, A Wine Service delivers a selection of either classic, premium or more obscure wines straight to your doorstep. As a little nod to the media side of the company and the approachability of the wines, each delivery comes packaged with tasting notes and a matching recipe card from one of The Saturday Paper’s chefs, Andrew McConnell, Annie Smithers or David Moyle.

If it is wines with minimal intervention you are after, the ‘Esoteric Box’ is the pick of the 3. Championing wines that use lo-fi techniques, the esoteric box contains a mix of adventurous, out of the ordinary wines from small producers. Amongst the mix, the latest box contains a ‘freestyle’ Marsanne from the Barossa, a sustainably grown ‘amrit’ pinot gris, and a lo-fi Margaret River rosé.

A Wine Service’s wine subscriptions start from $180.00 (plus $10.00 freight) for 6 bottles delivered monthly or quarterly, with options for a 12-bottle mixed delivery provided too ($370.00 plus $10.00 freight). There are no lock in contracts either, so you can pause, skip or cancel your deliveries whenever you please.

DRNKS

A heavy weight in the sustainable, biodynamic and organic wine arena, Drnks has a knack for finding drops that you will struggle to find anywhere else. Sourcing their wines from family-owned labels around the world, the products Drnks pride themselves on elude the traditional liquor store due to their special and limited nature.

Founded on a philosophy that people should live to consume, and not consume to live, the utmost care is taken in hand selecting bottles for the Drnks catalogue. You can buy singular bottles and curated wine packs from their online store, but it is their monthly Club DRNKS service that offers the most convenience (and fun).

For $150 per month, the team hand picks six bottles of newly found, interesting and sustainable wine to deliver directly to your door. Much like an e-newsletter, it is a great way to keep up to date with what is going on in the world of natural wine, only it is way more fun to ingest.

With drops like a 2017 Yarra Valley Pétillant Naturel Red, a dry, fruity Cirelli Rosato from Abruzzo, Italy and a medium-full bodied Cascina Pugnane Bussia from Barolo, Italy for sale on their online store, you can only assume that the deliverable monthly selection will be just as unique and exciting.

As a bonus, temperature-controlled freight is free to anywhere in Australia on orders over $150; and your subscription can be updated or cancelled fee-free at any time.

The Organic Wine Cellar

Organic wine is in their name and organic wine is their game. With one of Australia’s most comprehensive certified organic wine selections, The Organic Wine Cellar specialises in more approachable organic and biodynamic Australian wines.

Stocking more familiar styles like classic Rieslings, pinot noirs, shiraz’s and chardonnays, The Organic Wine Cellar provides a great introduction to the world of organic wines. If a cloudy, sediment filled pet-nat is a little too left of field for you to start on, a wine subscription at The Organic Wine Cellar might be more up your alley.

Starting from $94.50 per month for a six-bottle selection, The Organic Wine Cellar’s wine club is one of the more affordable natural wine subscriptions on offer. The standard delivery is a 50-50 split between reds and whites, however The Organic Wine Cellar is more than happy to customise your delivery to include just reds, just whites or even a lesser number of bottles each month.

Published 28 June, 2018