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What is Biodynamic Wine?

What is Biodynamic Wine?

“Biodynamic wine is like organic wine with bells on!”
Charlie – our fanatical wine dude
So what is it in a nutshell?

Biodynamic predominantly refers to the way the grapes are farmed. As with organic farming it means that the grapes are farmed without the use of chemical fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides.

How is it different from organic farming?

The process of biodynamic farming, is much more complex, considered and in balance with nature. It is a more holistic approach and when practiced properly tends to become a way of life for the farmer or wine grower. It could be described as a practice for the cultivation of life itself!

How does it work?

Biodynamic farming creates the perfect conditions for cultivation by mirroring nature’s ecosystems. A focus on biodiversity means that with time and effort the land will look after itself. By encouraging diversity in flora, fauna and insect and animal species the land becomes rich and abundant. It becomes a living organism where balance is maintained through diversity.

 

“The biodynamic approach involves intuition, a sort of deeper knowing, and synchronicity with the land and life itself.”

What does a biodynamic farm look and feel like?

When walking onto a biodynamic farm or vineyard it soon becomes clear. It is often possible to hear an abundance of life: birdsong, crickets, farm animals. You won’t only see the crop that is being cultivated but much more. For example, you may see flowers, grasses, herbs, vegetable gardens and perhaps the odd wandering sheep or goose.

What’s the burying cow horn’s full of cow poo thing all about!?

The preparation of composts is a key part of biodynamics as the microbiological life is crucial to the health and balance of the larger organism of the working farm. At certain times of year herbal teas are made that are used to treat the crops. Famously, one treatment is made by burying cow manure in a cow horn for a period of time.

why do they care about the moon?

Another aspect of biodynamic farming is following lunar cycles to determine the best time to conduct certain farming operations such as pruning or harvest. This is a practice that often gets banded around to almost discredit the biodynamic approach. It’s often one of the first descriptions given about biodynamic farming. Scientifically, the lunar calendar determines the tide and, therefore, the height of the water table. This has a very real affect on the crops. However, if biodynamic farming is being used purely based on scientific research and evidence then the point is perhaps being missed. The biodynamic approach involves intuition, a sort of deeper knowing and synchronicity with the land, and life itself.