Discovering the grapes: biodynamic wine

We recently hosted our first ever tasting soiree at our new wine bar, The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas, located on Fleet Street in London. During the tasting, our Wine Bar Manager, Edgar Znutins educated guests on organic, biodynamic and natural wine. As part of our ‘Discovering the Grapes’ series, we’re leaning on the expertise of Edgar and his team at Lazy Ballerinas. Last week, we learned about organic wine and this week, we’re exploring biodynamic wine. Follow along with our series on Instagram @LazyBallerinas #DiscoveringTheGrapes and join us as we learn more about wine together.

Biodynamic wine and production

Biodynamic wines are wines made using and applying biodynamic methods and viticulture both to grow the grapes and during the grape processing. Biodynamic viticulture is a method of production that allow winemakers to make wine following rules, which can include prohibited use of any or some chemicals or fertilisers that can leave residue on the vines. This kind of wine production uses organic farming methods while also using soil supplements prepared according to unique formulae. These formulae include following a planting calendar that differs depending on astronomical configurations, and treating the earth as a living and receptive organism.

Biodynamic wine today

Around the world, a number of well known, acclaimed commercial growers have converted to biodynamic winemaking in recent years. This is a result of more thorough experience of vineyard practices and deeper understanding of natural influences on vines. The rules and regulations of biodynamic winemaking are laid out and governed by Demeter Association, an internationally recognised certifying body.

Where biodynamic wine making began

Biodynamic agriculture is based on the work of social reformist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner. It includes ecological principles based on organic farming and emphasising on spiritual and mystical perspectives. Many wine critics acknowledge the high quality of biodynamic wines, but question whether some of the improvements would have happened anyway if organic farming were used, without the mysticism and increased effort involved in biodynamic wine making.

The future of biodynamic wine

Top wine producing countries are making vast amounts of minimal intervention wines, and winemakers are in various stages are converting to these styles of production. In some cases, in order to survive inconsistent climate conditions, winemakers practice biodynamic methods only in years when climate and weather conditions are suitable. Whilst it may seem like a lot of effort, many wine critics acknowledge the high quality of biodynamic wines and note the improvements as a result, both in taste and in vineyard health. For this reason, we believe biodynamic winemaking is the future of wine, as it once already was before industrial and agricultural revolution.

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