Natural wine's divide

An argument is going on within the natural wine community over the merits of glou-glou. Simon Woolf explains.

Glouglou bar in Amsterdam
Glouglou bar in Amsterdam

Facebook has its fair share of communities dedicated to natural wine, but the Vin Naturel/Natural Wine group curated by Brazilian soul singer Ed Motta had become one of the biggest by 2018, with about 4,000 members. Then it fell prey to a strange user-contributed virus. Members started uploading post after post, with nothing more than a picture of a funky wine label – invariably French, more often than not red – and the simple caption: glou-glou.

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