Biodynamic wines are linked to the concept of a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition.
This agricultural system differs from the similar organic protocol, it is not just a list of rules to be followed, it is a different way of thinking, involving the farm as a complex living system and also believing that there are terrestrial and cosmic forces that influence plant growth.
From Les Caves de Pyrene Blog:
“Biodynamic wines require greater commitment from the grower and is often referred to as “super-charged” organics. Rather than simply reducing chemical inputs, biodynamics is a proactive attempt to bring life to the soil by the use of composts and organic preparations. Biodynamic vineyards always “feel” alive and healthy.”
Biodynamic practices take into account the seasons as well as lunar and solar rhythms, these would not have seemed strange to our ancestors.
Rudolph Steiner founded the biodynamic movement in the 1920s in an attempt to bridge the two worlds of modern science and what he referred to as “peasant wisdom”.
Critics are sceptical of the more arcane elements of biodynamics but often concede that the end result is better tasting wine.
This may simply be down to the old maxim that the best fertilizer is the farmers footsteps.
Some of the worlds leading wine producers are now working biodynamically including Felton Road (New Zealand), Domaine Leflaive (Burgundy) and Zind-Humbrecht (Alsace).
For many growers it is a practical and sustainable farming solution, and as such you will not always see it written on the label or used as a marketing tool.
Biodynamic certification is a sound guarantee of responsible environmental practice, the wines should always have a clear sense of place (terroir) and the quality can be exceptional.
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