Organic vs. Biodynamic
Organic vs. Biodynamic Wine:
Organic wine is not a new concept. People have been making wine organically for thousands of years. Organic viticulture was a way of explaining the alternative to modern farming practises. Organic wines are produced in the absence of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and synthetic fertilisers and use plant and mineral products to combat pests and disease. A problem is that the USA and Europe have different definitions of organic...
In the USA they see organic as a wine made from organically grown grapes without added sulphites. The definition in Europe is a wine made from organically grown grapes that may contain added sulphites.
Read more about sulphites below.
Some of our Organic Wines include:
Varner Foxglove Zinfandel, 2013
Vette di San Leonardo Sauvignon Blanc, 2016
Art & Science Armstrong Pinot Noir, 2014
Fattoria di Sammontana, Chianti DOCG, 2015
Click here to view our full list of Organic wines.
Bio-dynamic wines have become a real hit recently, but what does Biodynamic actually mean? The concept behind biodynamic is that it's the holistic view on organic farming i.e. the universe is interconnected and gives off a resonance. The interconnectivity of everything even includes celestial bodies like the mood, planets and stars. Biodynamic viticulture is the practice of balancing this resonance between vine, man, earth and starts. Biodynamic attempts to prevent problems before they arise and improve the health of the farm's entire ecosystem. 'From a technical perspective, bio-dynamism toughens up vines and enables them to be productive for a longer period.'' You may lose your first three years' harvest to pests and rot bu the vines learn to cope and become more resilient as a results.' Tom Harrow, Wine Director as Honest Grapes
Each biodynamic calendar day coincides with one of the four classical elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water:
Fruit days are commonly known as the best day for harvesting grapes, Root days are great days for pruning, Flower days is when you should leave the vineyard alone and Leaf days is when you should water the vines. (People extend this idea and drink wine on flower or fruit days.)
Farmers are now producing biodynamic wines all around the world from the US to Australia.
Some of out Bio-dynamic wines include:
Clos I Terrasses Laurel, Priorat 2014
Domaine des Hates Chablis, 2014
Red Car Winery Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2012
Johan Vineyards Grüner Veltliner Estate
Click here to view all of our biodynamic wines.
Sulphites are added as a preservative. The amount can vary depending on the production method, style and the colour of the wine, with dry reds having around 50 PPM, this is very little compared to what's in food, for example dried fruit have nearly 4000 PPM and Chips having around 2000 PPM.
Our Castello di Neive Barbera d'Alba, 2013 wine contains no sulphites.
Published on: January 19, 2017