'Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition. Biodynamics is rooted in the work of philosopher and scientist Dr. Rudolf Steiner, whose 1924 lectures to farmers opened a new way to integrate scientific understanding with a recognition of spirit in nature. Biodynamics has continued to develop and evolve since the 1920s through the collaboration of many farmers and researchers.
Biodynamic compost is enhanced and enlivened through the use of six preparations made from yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion, and valerian root. Each of these medicinal herbs is transformed through a unique process that brings it into relationship with the animal kingdom, the earth, and the cycle of the year. Bringing these elements together magnifies their healing qualities, fosters the growth of beneficial bacteria and fungi, and creates powerfully concentrated substances to guide the development of the compost. A small quantity of each preparation is added to the compost pile just after it is built, and again after it is turned. Biodynamic preparations strengthen the quality of the compost by stabilizing nitrogen and other nutrients, multiplying microbial diversity and bringing more sensitivity to the composting process. Biodynamic compost helps attune the soil to the whole farm organism and wider influences while increasing soil life and stable organic matter. Biodynamic compost also brings more carbon into the living realm, helping to restore balance to the climate.'
Source: Biodynamic Association- https://www.biodynamics.com/biodynamic-principles-and-practices
As for us, we are in awe of biodynamic wines and their structure, depth and character. They can be serious or quaffable, and are often ponderous and expressive wines. We have carried a few good ones for many years that you can find in our store, and expect many more to come. Due to lower yields and more labor intensive vineyard practices (often even more strenuous than their organic counterparts) these wines tend to be a bit more expensive to produce than those mass produced or on traditional, chemically sprayed, non-organic farms. But the results speak for themselves; healthier soils, more biodiversity, and overall better conditions for grape growth. We invite you to check out our lovely variety of the finest biodynamic wines we have found.
Thank you for your interest in biodynamic wine, and for supporting small production low chemical intervention farming!