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Josje van OostromBy Josje van Oostrom
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Josje van OostromBy Josje van Oostrom
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About

Why Back to Nature?  

I would love our beautiful planet, mother earth to survive. It needs people that take custody over area’s and help it thrive, like natural winegrowers do. I dream of a world without chemicals, for starters in the vineyards and the wine cellar! Natural resistance in the vineyards -and your body while giving it the nutrients it deserves. My main values are Nature, Connection with the source and authenticity. I really want that my knowledge of Italian wines and of biological, biodynamical and natural wines contributes to a more conscious choice. All/Everything is energy, in natural wines you can find /feel that energy, thats' what is making it so different.

Barla , one of the most beuatiful natural vineyards -Case Corini
Barla , one of the most beuatiful natural vineyards -Case Corini

The book is a personal tale of travelling throughout Italy  for 10 months and counting... and visiting winemakers, their beautiful vineyards and along the way converting from also conventional to fully choosing organic, biodynamic and natural wines and why it would be beneficial to all for you to do also.

Francesco Garfagna from Altura & me
Francesco Garfagna from Altura & me

There are already books about Natural wines in general. And there exist also some small guides about Italian Natural wines, but the last ones don’t even have pictures in it and are very concise. My journey is more personal with all the visits and encounters. I am zooming in on Italy’s peculiarities off young people that look for abandoned old vines, to cure and recuperate them, the craziness of heroic winemaking, wines made in terracotta and stone, macerated wines… there is so much going on.

Natural wine colours: Camerlengo, Basilicata
Natural wine colours: Camerlengo, Basilicata

I want to convey the passion, the beauty, the love for the land, the old vines, the wonderful winemakers and their great wines.  I did a lot of research on my account... Spending over €40.000 for sure, did write peaces for a Dutch editor but he wanted it to be about conventional wines, I pulled the plug and restarted. Decided to go in English to broaden my audience, so it needs translation,editing and it would be great to have also a version in Italian since I am living here and it's about them crazy winemakers.

Calafata, Lucchese area, old vine
Calafata, Lucchese area, old vine

 What’s in the book?  

  • 1.1 Introduction/ My personal story- how I fell in love with Italy/ Italian wines/ natural wines  
  • 1.2 General (winemaking?) history and some numbers about organic/bd/natural winemaking in Italy  
  • 1.3 What is organic wine and how does it differ from conventional wine?  
  • 1.4 What is biodynamic wine ?  
  • 1.5 What is natural wine? ‘They’ say it doesn’t exist so…  
  • 1.6 Old vines- keepers/ custody of the Earth!
  • 1.7 Mountain wines- ‘heroic’ wines- Italy is very diverse in many ways also the different winemaking regions. Many things that sets them apart, but what does unite them?  
  • 1.8 Seaview wines- which can be heroic as well. Same question(s). 
  • 1.9 Vulcanic wines- the majestic Etna of course comes to mind, but there are more former/old volcanic soil territories 
Etna old vine
Etna old vine
  • 2.0 Ways/vessels  of fermenting and aging: cement, terracotta, porcelain and more
  • 3.0 - forgotten & nearly extinct grapevarieties on the rise
  • 4.0– : All the twenty regions portrayed : general, climate /terroirwise, grapevarieties, doc’s and portraits of winemakers that stand out.
  • 5.0- Favorite bubbles, whites, orange, rosato's, reds, dessertwines

250 - 300 pages in total (depends also on if the Italian translation will be inlcuded in the book or apart)

Who is this book for:

  • It's for you if you are a wine lover and want to learn a lot more about Italian wines and like to make conscious choices that are both good for the planet and your health
  • If you work in the sector as sommelier, wine buyer or seller, importer, educator etc and want to add to your knowledge
  • If you don't time, money, oppurtunity to travel around in Italy to visit the regions, wine makers and wine fairs

About me:

Fulltime in Italy since 2014, partly traveling around for visits to wine fairs, events and winemakers.

  • Blogging for my own site www.divinonatura.com 
  • Wine advice given / written for the menus of Il Giornale, see ilgiornale.nl (2012/2013?) 
  • Written (in Italian) for naturalfoodandwine.com 
  • Written about wines for tear-off calendar Italy (Dutch 2015?) 
  • Advisor for selection / import of organic wines for Pura Passione e.a.
  • Worked as wine consultant for the Kasteelhoeve (2008-2010)
  • Organizer of wine (& gastronomy) trips in Italy since 2007 
  • Offering Italian wine courses since 2011 (since a few years online)
  • Offering Italian wine tastings and workshops since 2008
  • Italian sommelier AIS since January 2009 (first batch 2008) .
  • Tourguide in Italy

My plan & schedule:

Writing & further research & Pictures: 5 more months till March/ April. I've already written 40% of the final book. I've drawn up a realistic schedule for completion: Nov- March '19 : Writing, Shooting photos, completing research, Complete writing of the book & photo post-processing Early April 2019 : Editing and text revisions (further photo post-processing if necessary) Mid April: Layout and design Mai: Proofs and printing   July : Printing complete. Books delivered to Netherlands & Italy July 2019 : All copies sent out by end July/ beginning of August.

First minimum goal is € 19.000

Its the same as here under only without the costs for further research & travelling to visit more wineries.

Costs breakdown: €25.000

Costs breakdown
Costs breakdown

Design, artwork, layout: € 3.000 Editing: € 2.000 Photography: € 2.000 Printing: € 7.000 purchase of fonts: € 150 The ISBN number: € 64 costs centraal boekhuis € 720 Translation /correction (Dutch doing English needs work)    € 1.500 Promotion: € 2.000 Further Travel for research-visiting wineries  in areas that I missed so far: € 6.500 .Kickstarter’s fee (5%) and payment processing fees (3%–5%) will be deducted from  my total.

€30.000 STRETCH: to enable a translation into Italian

I sincerly hope to manage to get funded for €30.000 so I can get the book translated into Italian, which would be logical thing to do!

I hope you all join and back me up so I can make this dream come true and do 'justice' to all the tales & pictures that are to be told and shown to the world.

As far as the offers go: if you would like something else than mentioned , please email me and I'll see if I can add the possbility. 

Also for different countries to see if I can send it to you!

You can mail me at : vino@divinonatura.nl 

Cinque Terre, La Possa- heroic winemaking
Cinque Terre, La Possa- heroic winemaking

 Traduzione in Italiano: 

Perché tornare alla natura?  

Mi piacerebbe che il nostro bellissimo pianeta, madre terra, sopravvivesse. Ha bisogno di persone che si prendono cura di un'area e la aiutano a prosperare, come fanno i vignaioli naturali. Sogno un mondo senza prodotti chimici, per i principianti nei vigneti e nella cantina! Resistenza naturale nei vigneti - e il tuo corpo mentre gli dai i nutrienti che merita. I miei valori principali sono Natura, Connessione con la fonte e autenticità. Voglio davvero che la mia conoscenza dei vini italiani e dei vini biologici, biodinamici e naturali contribuisca a una scelta più consapevole. Tutto / Tutto è energia, nei vini naturali puoi trovare / sentire quell'energia, questo è ciò che lo rende così diverso. Il libro è un racconto personale di viaggiare in tutta Italia per 10 mesi e contare ... e visitare i vignaioli, i loro splendidi vigneti e lungo la strada la conversione da convenzionale a scelta di vini biologici, biodinamici e naturali e perché sarebbe vantaggioso per tutti per te anche tu. Ci sono già libri sui vini naturali in generale. E ci sono anche alcune piccole guide sui vini naturali italiani, ma le ultime non hanno nemmeno immagini e sono molto concise. Il mio viaggio è più personale con tutte le visite e gli incontri. Sto approfondendo le peculiarità dell'Italia con giovani che cercano vecchie vigne abbandonate, per curarle e recuperarle, la follia dell'eroica vinificazione, i vini fatti in terracotta e pietra, i vini macerati ... c'è così tanto da fare. Voglio trasmettere la passione, la bellezza, l'amore per la terra, le vecchie vigne, i meravigliosi vignaioli e i loro grandi vini. Ho fatto molte ricerche sul mio account ... Spendendo oltre € 40.000 di sicuro, ho scritto delle paci per un redattore olandese, ma lui voleva che fosse sui vini convenzionali, ho tolto la spina e ho ricominciato. Ho deciso di andare in inglese per ampliare il mio pubblico, quindi ha bisogno di traduzione, editing e sarebbe bello avere anche una versione in italiano visto che vivo qui e riguarda i folli enologi.  

Cosa c'è nel libro?  

  • 1.1 Introduzione / La mia storia personale: come mi sono innamorato dell'Italia / vini italiani / vini naturali  
  • 1.2 Storia generale (vinificazione?) E alcuni numeri sulla vinificazione biologica / bd / naturale in Italia 
  • 1.3 Che cos'è il vino biologico e in che cosa differisce dal vino convenzionale? 
  • 1.4 Che cos'è il vino biodinamico?
  •  1.5 Che cos'è il vino naturale? "Loro" dicono che non esiste quindi ... 1.6 Vecchi allevatori / custodi della Terra! 
  • 1.7 Vini di montagna - vini "eroici" - L'Italia è molto diversificata in molti modi anche nelle diverse regioni vinicole. Molte cose che li distinguono, ma cosa li unisce? 
  • 1.8 Vini Seaview, che possono essere anche eroici. Stessa domanda / e. 
  • 1.9 Vini vulcanici - viene naturalmente in mente il maestoso Etna, ma ci sono più vecchi / vecchi territori vulcanici del suolo Etna vecchia vite Etna vecchia vite 
  • 2.0 Modi / vasi di fermentazione e invecchiamento: cemento, terracotta, porcellana e altro 
  • 3.0 - vite dimenticate e quasi estinte in aumento 
  • 4.0-: Tutte le venti regioni rappresentate: generale, clima / terroirwise, varietà, documenti e ritratti di vignaioli che si distinguono. 
  • 5.0- Bolle preferite, bianchi, arancio, rosato, rossi, vini da tavola 250 - 300 pagine in totale (dipende anche da se la traduzione italiana sarà inclusa nel libro o separatamente) 

 Per chi è questo libro:

  • È per te se sei un amante del vino e vuoi imparare molto di più sui vini italiani e ami fare scelte consapevoli che siano entrambe positive per il pianeta e per la tua salute 
  • Se lavori nel settore come sommelier, compratore o venditore di vino, importatore, educatore ecc. E vuoi aggiungere le tue conoscenze 
  • Se non hai tempo, soldi, opportunità di viaggiare in giro per l'Italia per visitare le regioni, i produttori di vino e le fiere del vino 

Su di me: 

A tempo pieno in Italia dal 2014, in parte viaggia per visite a fiere del vino, eventi e enologi. Blogging per il mio sito www.divinonatura.com Consigli sul vino dati / scritti per i menù de Il Giornale, vedi ilgiornale.nl (2012/2013?) Scritto (in italiano) per naturalfoodandwine.com Scritto sui vini per il calendario di tear-off in Italia (olandese 2015?) Consulente per la selezione / importazione di vini biologici per Pura Passione e.a. Ha lavorato come consulente del vino per il Kasteelhoeve (2008-2010) Organizzatore di viaggi enogastronomici in Italia dal 2007 Offrire corsi di vino italiani dal 2011 (da qualche anno online) Offre degustazioni e laboratori di degustazione italiani dal 2008 Sommelier italiano AIS dal gennaio 2009 (primo lotto 2008). Tourguide in Italia 

 Il mio piano e programma: 

Scrittura e ulteriori ricerche e immagini: altri 5 mesi fino a marzo / aprile. Ho già scritto il 40% del libro finale. Ho elaborato un programma realistico per il completamento: Nov-March '19: Scrivere, scattare foto, completare la ricerca, completare la scrittura del libro e la post-elaborazione delle foto all'inizio di aprile 2019: modifica e revisioni del testo (ulteriori post-elaborazioni fotografiche se necessario) A metà aprile: layout e design Mai: prove e stampa Luglio: stampa completa. Libri consegnati a Paesi Bassi e Italia Luglio 2019: tutte le copie vengono inviate alla fine di luglio / inizio agosto. 

 Ripartizione dei costi: € 25.000

 Design, grafica, layout: € 3.000 Modifica: € 2.000 Fotografia: € 2.000 Stampa: € 7.000 acquisto di font: € 150 Il numero ISBN: € 64 costi boekhuis centrauri € 720 Traduzione / correzione (olandese che fa lavoro inglese ha bisogno) € 1.500 Promozione : € 2.000 Ulteriori viaggi per le aziende vinicole che visitano la ricerca nelle aree che ho perso finora: € 6.500. La commissione di avviamento (5%) e le spese di elaborazione dei pagamenti (3% -5%) saranno detratte dal mio totale.

 € 30.000 STRETCH: 

per consentire una traduzione in italiano Spero sinceramente di riuscire a ottenere un finanziamento di € 30.000, così posso tradurre il libro in italiano, il che sarebbe logico da fare! Spero che tutti voi mi uniate e sosteniate in modo che io possa realizzare questo sogno e fare 'giustizia' a tutti i racconti e alle immagini che devono essere raccontate e mostrate al mondo. 

Per quanto riguarda le offerte: se vuoi qualcos'altro che menzionato, scrivetemi e vedrò se posso aggiungere la possibilità. Anche per diversi paesi per vedere se posso inviarlo a voi! Potete scrivermi a: vino@divinonatura.nl  

Risks and challenges

I think the only real risk is not finishing in time, since there is always the call to dive deeper, to visit more wineries... However the timeline laid out here gives me a good deadline to abide.
This autumn & winter I can fully dedicate to writing and some more visiting winemakers, also with the photographer.
As for the editing and printing fase I followed the time- tables mentioned by them and put in some extra time to be sure.

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