What is biodynamic wine?

While many people are familiar with the benefits of organic farming practices, and, to some degree, organic wine, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding biodynamic wines.

 

What does "biodynamic" mean?

The Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association defines biodynamic farming as "a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, gardens, food production, and nutrition."

Biodynamic agriculture embraces the view that everything is part of an interconnected ecosystem, and encourages the treatment of every part of the farm as an extension of the same organism.

Think of biodynamics as a holistic, or homeopathic, farming practice.

The goal is to create a natural, healthy, self-sustaining system, and to use solely natural products, soils, and composts during the farming process. Farmers who follow biodynamic practices never use inorganic compounds, pesticides, or any other harmful chemicals.

It is the ultimate in sustainable farming, championing responsible land stewardship and always working with the goal of improving, instead of depleting, the land's health and resources.

What makes a wine biodynamic?

Wines can only be certified biodynamic if they are grown in vineyards that practice biodynamic viticulture.

The biodynamic practices applied to winemaking will carry over from the farming to harvesting, winemaking, and bottling as well.

Are biodynamic wines and organic wines the same thing?

No. Though biodynamic wines are also organically grown, the two must meet different lists of criteria in order to obtain official certification.

Do biodynamic wines taste different?

In addition to being better for the soil and the land overall, biodynamic viticulture has often proven to yield more nuanced, complex wines.

Many winemakers are moving to obtain biodynamic certification for their vineyards so they can begin producing biodynamic wines that really showcase the terroir of a wine.

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