Biodynamic wine takes Organic wine making and takes it to the next step. Like Organic wine, in order to be certified Biodynamic you must meet certain strict criteria and make your wine with great care. The governing body is internationally recognised Demeter Association. Biodynamic wine making employs not only restrictions on the synthetic chemicals that can be used in the vineyard, but also other unique methods that are said to improve the wine. These are based around the entire ecosystem and are heavily influenced by the lunar cycle.
A key part of biodynamic wines surrounds the day on which they should be ideally drunk and again follows the lunar cycle. There are four types of day are; Root, Leaf, Flower & Fruit. It is said that trying wines on a Fruit day is when they should taste at their best, then followed by flower then leaf and finally a root day, the worst time to be trying the wine.
Often vineyards employ biodynamic methods yet do not use this as part of their marketing. Famous producers practising biodynamics techniques include big names such as Burgundy producer, Domaine Leflaive & Leroy & Zind-Humbrecht.
The Biodynamic movement was an idea originated by Rudolf Steiner who first taught the idea of sustainable and ecological approach to agricultural farming.