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Biodynamic Wines

Biodynamic wine production is an approach to winemaking based upon the work of Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner. It follows a set of farming practices that views the vineyard (or farm) as one solid organism. The ecosystem functions as a whole, with each portion of the farm or vineyard contributing to the next, with the idea being to create a self-sustaining system.

Natural materials, soils, and composts are used to sustain the vineyard. In addition to organic practices such as the exclusion of chemical or synthetic herbicides, fertilisers and pesticides, biodynamic farmers rely upon special plant, animal and mineral preparations to enhance the health of their soil and vines. Additionally, a range of animals from ducks to horses to sheep live on the soil and fertilise it, creating a rich, fertile environment for the vines to grow in.

Utilising the Stella Natura Biodynamic agricultural calendar, biodynamic farmers also consider the positioning and rhythmic influences of the sun, moon, planets and stars as guides for when to prune their vines, plant new vines or pick the fruit. Biodynamic farming also seeks sustainability, or leaving the land in as good or better shape as they found it for future generations.

For winemakers the key principle of biodynamic wine production is totally logical. It makes no sense to extol the virtues on the geology of a vineyard, the unique aspects of its soil (its ‘terroir’) and what that imparts to the wine, if that soil is then totally transformed by a mixture of chemicals, herbicides and fertilisers. Healthy soil dictates healthy vines and experience has shown that biodynamic practices give rise to greater purity and precision in the resulting wines.

Steiner’s biodynamic disciplines date back to the early 1920’s, (twenty years before the organic movement) and followed the notion that in harnessing the metaphysical, the physical is improved. In his approach to agriculture, Steiner believed that the health of the soil, plants and animals depends on reconnecting nature with the creative forces of the cosmos. The practical methods he outlined were intended to be adopted by farmers and winemakers alike with the intention to revitalise the natural forces that were rapidly becoming depleted through modern agricultural techniques.

Beginning with a healthy living soil, often enhanced by judicious quantities of biodynamic, naturally-occurring preparations, Steiner felt that it was also important to recognise the role of the rhythms of light from planets, sun, moon and stars. Understanding this aspect allows for optimal timings in viticultural activity and thus it follows that, if the winemaker is tuned into their needs, the vines and soil will respond better.

Steiner’s concept is not that difficult to grasp, after all, we know about lunar cycles, tidal flow and seasonality, so have already accepted certain, very obvious aspects of these life forces without question.

Undertaking a biodynamic approach is far from an easy option and the problem for many winemakers is that in order to produce wine biodynamically, the adoption of its principles has to be wholesale, with no holds barred. Following the rhythms of earth and space is taxing and even very diligent organic farmers are wary of the extreme measures required to conform fully to the disciplines which are considered by many to be too expensive.

Thankfully, more and more winemakers are experimenting in biodynamic principles and gradually adopting what, ultimately, is a life changing way of working. Whilst the initial aim may have been the long term sustainability of the land and the health of themselves and their co-workers, the results of their endeavours has witnessed an intense and more honest expression of terroir.

Biodynamic accreditation and certification is through DEMETER or BIODYVIN. Within our collection there are wine producers who are certified biodynamic alongside wine producers who have espoused biodynamic farming methods but do not seek certification, because they see biodynamics as a philosophy rather than a strict set of rules.

 

 

Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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Great body and elegance with refreshing acidity and juiciness on the long lasting aftertaste... Read More...

Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Rouge Réserve 2017

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The Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Rouge Réserve is a blend of Grenache... Read More...

La Source Gabriel Rosé 2019

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A classic Provence rosé. So pale and delicate yet fruity it's a real crowd-pleaser... Read More...

Matetic Corralillo Gewürztraminer 2016

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Concentrated with creamy ripe fruits and a long intense finish... Read More...

Tournon Mathilda Shiraz 2017

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Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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A concentrated, fruity, fresh and very tasty biodynamic & organic Sauvignon Blanc... Read More...

Matetic Corralillo Carménère

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The Matetic Corralillo Carménère comes from the Colchagua valley, specifically Apalta, from vineyards... Read More...

Querciabella Mongrana 2017

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A vibrant and intense blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, charming to drink on its own... Read More...

Matetic Corralillo Pinot Noir 2016

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Elegant Pinot Noir with soft tannins, vibrant acidity and a juicy, long aftertaste... Read More...

Matetic EQ Quartz Chardonnay 2015

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A full, voluptuous biodynamic and organic Chardonnay from leading Chilean producer Matetic... Read More...

Matetic Corralillo Syrah 2015

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A finely structured, intense and complex Syrah... Read More...

Famille Perrin Vinsobres Les Cornuds 2017

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A beautiful blend of Syrah & Grenache crafted by the Perrin family, owners of Château de Beaucastel... Read More...

Folk Machine Parts & Labor 2016

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Light on its feet, great with food, fun and easy to drink... Read More...

Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Carménère 2016

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Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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The Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon comes from an old block of high... Read More...

Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Merlot 2014

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Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Syrah San José de Apalta 2015

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Lyrarakis Liatiko Kedros Rosé 2019

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Superb Cretan Rosé made from pre-phylloxera Liatiko grapes grown on the foothills of Mt. Kedros... Read More...

Château Maris La Touge 2017

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Raspberry and plum fruits are joined by hints of cracked pepper in this silky red wine... Read More...

Muddy Water James Hardwick Riesling 2015

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Domaine Trapet Beblenheim Gewürztraminer 2016

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Vegan, Biodynamic and Organic this is the perfect wine for fairly spicy food... Read More...

Domaine Trapet Beblenheim Riesling 2015

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An elegant and rich, style with a zesty minerality so characteristic of its Alsatian terroir... Read More...

Sesti Monteleccio 2017

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Pure, juicy Sangiovese from Montalcino, delicious for drinking now... Read More...

M. Chapoutier Petite Ruche Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2017

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Rare Marsanne white wine from the world famous Crozes-Hermitage appellation... Read More...

Domaine Rolly Gassmann Riesling 2016

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A long lived Riesling from one of the finest Alsatian producers... Read More...

Hobo Wine Co. Camp Zinfandel 2018

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Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau 2017

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Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Deidesheimer Riesling 2018

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Top quality Biodynamic Riesling from the Pfalz region of Germany... Read More...

Domaine du Nozay Sancerre 2018

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Domaine du Nozay Sancerre is a multi-award winning Sancerre from a passionate, winemaking... Read More...

Domaine Lafarge Bourgogne Passetoutgrains L'Exception 2017

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The Lafarge Bourgogne Passetoutgrains L'Exception is a wonderful red wine blend of Gamay... Read More...

Querciabella Chianti Classico 2016

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The centerpiece of Querciabella’s winemaking operations since the winery’s debut, Querciabella Chianti Classico... Read More...

Folk Machine Pinot Noir A Night in this Town

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'A Night in this Town' is the Folk Machine’s 7th vintage of Vecino... Read More...

Brash Higgins GR/M Grenache Mataro 2018

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GR/M strikes a nice counterbalance between the openly fruity nature of Grenache and the darker, more brooding nature of Mataro. Read More...

Matetic EQ Granite Pinot Noir 2014

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An award winning cool climate Pinot Noir produced according to organic and biodynamic principles... Read More...

Matetic EQ Cool Climate Syrah 2015

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A smooth, complex, cool-climate Syrah sourced from biodynamic vineyards... Read More...

Muddy Water Chardonnay 2016

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A complex and intense New Zealand Chardonnay with a silky texture and long finish... Read More...

Domaine Rolly Gassmann Gewürztraminer 2016

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The wines of Rolly-Gassmann have a wonderful unique style. The fruit is rich... Read More...

Muddy Water Estate Pinot Noir 2017

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A faultless, world class, organic Pinot Noir from New Zealand's Waipara Valley... Read More...

Ferraton Père et Fils Crozes Hermitage Les Pichères 2015

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Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Viré-Clessé 2016

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An outstanding old-vine Chardonnay from the Mâconnais region of Burgundy... Read More...