Welcome back to the In Wines We Trust blog! As passionate wine lovers, who whole-heartedly support sustainable and responsible winemaking, we can't help but dive into the fascinating topic of biodynamic wines.
This extraordinary approach to viticulture goes beyond organic farming and aims to create a harmonious relationship between the vineyard, the farmer, and the cosmos. Intrigued?
Let's explore biodynamic wines and why we're such firm believers in this style of farming.
A Brief History of Biodynamics
The philosophy of biodynamics dates back to the 1920s and is based on the principles of Austrian philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner. He sought to create a holistic, self-sustaining, and ecological approach to farming that treated the farm as a living organism.
Today, biodynamic farming is practiced worldwide and has taken hold in the wine industry to cultivate healthier, more flavourful, and terroir-expressive wines.
Biodynamic Principles: Nature's Symphony
Biodynamic viticulture aims to work harmoniously with Earth's natural cycles to maintain a healthy and balanced vineyard ecosystem. Here's how:
- Organic Farming: Biodynamic farming starts with a commitment to organic practices, avoiding synthetic chemicals, herbicides, and pesticides. This leads to thriving, biodiverse soils that nurture grapes with a true sense of place.
- Dynamized Preparations: Biodynamic growers use nine unique preparations from natural minerals, plant material, and animal parts (such as cow manure) to enrich the soil, enhance plant growth, and stimulate microbial activity.
- Cosmic Alignment: Biodynamic farming considers the celestial influences on plant growth, following an astronomical calendar to determine the best days for sowing, pruning, harvesting, and other vineyard tasks. This connection to lunar and cosmic rhythms is believed to create a closer link between wine and nature.
- Biodiversity: A healthy vineyard includes grapevines, plants, animals, and insects that work together to create a thriving ecosystem. Biodynamic producers encourage the presence of cover crops, trees, bees, and livestock to promote a balanced, resilient environment.
Biodynamic Wines: An Unparalleled Taste Experience
Wines crafted according to biodynamic principles are believed to possess purity, expressiveness and character that stem from healthy vines and nutrient-rich soil. In a broad sense, biodynamic wines super-charge the terroir, creating a sense of exceptional taste and expression within the wine.
Additionally, biodynamic wines often involve minimal intervention in the winemaking process and have lower levels of added sulphites. Winemakers who practice biodynamics share the common belief that when good work is done in the vineyards, the quality of the fruit should be allowed to speak for itself, with minimal additions or "interventions".
Why Choose Biodynamic Wines?
By savouring biodynamic wines, you're consuming unique and distinctive wines while supporting the environment and the dedicated farmers who work diligently to maintain harmony between their vineyards and the natural world.
We invite you to explore our carefully curated selection of biodynamic wines from planet-minded producers. Enjoy peace of mind knowing your wine choices are eco-friendly and responsibly made without compromising taste or quality.
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