The question commonly asked. What is organic wine, what is biodynamic wine, what are their differences and why should I drink them? Most people would understand the basics of organics, which commonly equates to the non-usage of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers. This is exactly the term used when referring to organically produced vegetables, etc.
It may also surprise you to learn that “natural wines” – like organic farming – while trending now, have been with us for thousands of years and are not the product of a modern health and well-being marketing ploy. They are, however, touted as being pure, kind to the planet, possibly better for your health… and delicious to boot.
Many winemakers have spent their lives working their land to make wine and grow fruit in same way their fathers taught them. These makers have no special machinery or purity claims. Rather, the mindset is: “this is the produce from our back garden, here’s what we can do with it. Come in, pour yourself a glass and I’ll make us something tasty for dinner.”
Organic wines generally refers to sourcing nutrients and compounds needed to grow your produce from natural and sustainable sources and being as self contained as possible. The following ‘criterias’ should follow:
- organically-grown grapes;
- harvested by hand;
- rushed to the winery;
- fermented on wild yeasts;
- no rape pummeling;
- low levels of sulfites (or none).
Biodynamic, referred to as ‘enhanced organic’ or ‘super-charged organic’, is all of the above but goes further. We prefer to call it ‘organic ++’. It employs an overlaying philosophy, where all animals, plants and the solar system are thought of as living inter-related system that impact on each other.
For a vineyard to be considered biodynamic, the wine-grower must use the nine biodynamic preparations, as described in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner. These are made from cow manure, quartz (silica) and seven medicinal plants.
Biodynamic also teaches that all specific vineyard and winery operations should be timed to coincide optimally with cosmic rhythms, particularly lunar cycles. In very basic layman’s terms, just as the moon influences the tides, it also influences water in plants and animals.
“But I believe, in well made biodynamic wines, I can taste a difference. I can taste a liveliness on my tongue that really is quite different from conventionally grown wines.”
Max Allen » 2008 Sydney International Wine Competition
All in all, organic and biodynamic wines take a tremendous amount of effort in producing, and it all begins from caring for your land, and environment. These wines are painstakenly created, and it requires a huge amount of passion, dedication and respect for your land to craft a single bottle of organic/biodynamic wine.
Why not try a bottle, and see the difference for yourself!
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