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WHAT'S ALIVE?

The drinks and food we love and want to present to you all have one thing in common:

THEY’RE ALIVE!

We love good food and glug. We also think that ‘big food’ is one of the most destructive and unethical innovations to come out of the 20th century.

We believe wine, beer and food shouldn’t be made like fizzy pop with pesticides, colourants, flavourings, thickeners, industrial yeasts and additives to produce a product that is exactly the same year in and year out. Industrialised winemaking of the 20th Century that supplies the supermarkets is a food industry invention with the aim of producing brandable and stable products with no variation in vintages.

Instead, we look for wines that have the lowest possible human or chemical intervention, that speak of the place and the people that made it. Our makers are artisans and artists that all have their own unique methods and techniques that aren’t used in the large “conventional" food and beverage industries. Much of the wine we sell has no additives at all. Some of it does have the addition of additives or preservatives, but at a much, much smaller scale than conventional wines and usually for a very specific reason.

We always look towards sustainability, and have particular respect for those who choose the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle. Almost all of the wines and beers we sell are vegan friendly as they forgo industrial fining techniques to make them clear.

We want to support those that champion small batch, traditional methods. Those that forgo large scale agriculture automation or massive factories. Those that are protecting the old methods of making foods and drinks, or those that are creating their own new methods. The makers that care about their product, and combine their knowledge of place, culture and process into creating a product that is unique, sustainable and healthy.