Biodynamic Wines

Biodynamic Wines

Biodynamic Wine

Biodynamic wine is a type of wine produced using agricultural practices based on the principles of biodynamic farming. Biodynamic farming is a holistic approach to agriculture that views the farm as a self-sustaining ecosystem. It originated in the early 20th century and was developed by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner.

Key features of biodynamic farming, which also apply to biodynamic wine production, include:

Organic Principles: Like organic farming, biodynamic farming avoids the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilisers. Instead, it emphasizes natural methods of soil fertility management and pest control.

Biodiversity: Biodynamic farming encourages biodiversity within the vineyard and the surrounding ecosystem. This can involve planting cover crops, maintaining hedgerows, and preserving natural habitats to support beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife. This can also include integrating livestock into farming operations for weed and pest control through grazing, manure production etc.

Compost and Soil Health: Biodynamic farmers place a strong emphasis on soil health and fertility. They often use compost, herbal preparations, and biodynamic compost preparations to enhance soil structure, promote microbial activity, and increase nutrient availability.

Cosmic Influences: One distinctive aspect of biodynamic farming is its consideration of celestial and terrestrial rhythms. Biodynamic practitioners use planting and harvesting calendars based on lunar and planetary cycles, as well as other biodynamic principles such as homeopathic doses of specific preparations.

Biodynamic certification is available for wines that meet specific standards set by organisations such as Demeter International. While biodynamic farming shares some similarities with organic farming, it incorporates additional holistic and spiritual elements that some producers believe contribute to the overall quality and vitality of the vineyard and the wine.

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