We know it sounds weird when the waiter comes to you and tells “this wine is biodynamic”. You don’t want to feel like an alien asking “what does it mean?”, do you?
There’s nothing wrong about asking, biodynamic agriculture is not simple and it needs to be explained. So, here is our definition. We hope it will help you look at that waiter with different eyes.
Biodinamic, let’s make it simple.
“Biodynamic” means we consider plants and any other living being as parts of an interactive system made of soil, air, water, our planet and the whole universe around it. All of our actions as farmers must respect these connections and our farm works as a self-sufficient organism, producing, reusing wastes, saving energy and regenerating itself. Complicated? Yes, it is and we like it.
Plants can find their balance. If you spoil them with pesticides they won’t grow their own defences (spoiler: animals find their balance too. Pests will get used to chemicals and grow stronger).
Our vines can find their balance, the only thing we need to do is help them improving that balance.
We stopped using pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers in 1974.
In our vineyards, synthetic substances have been replaced with natural products of organic origin. How? Experience, presence, accuracy, speed. This is what saves you. We spend time in the vineyards, keep our eyes on them, act on time when they need it and are accurate.
The same thing happens while making wine in the cellar. We spend time there, tasting every vat and barrel, since the moment we bring grapes in and press them.
We love our soil
When you look at a plant, you are actually looking at part of it. Roots are essential as well as the soil is. That’s where they find their balance.
The soil need to be fertile and full of life. Insects, small animals, worms, bacteria and viruses, as well as other plants’ roots. They are all important to keep balance in the ground and help plants grow strong roots to drain water and nourishment. Cover crops and biodynamic preparations are a good way to help.
We use cover crops to enrich the soil and help life in it. We seed different plants with different functions, depending on the needs. Each plant have a different interaction with our underground wildlife and, depending on the season, plants can also attract bees and other useful insects.
Our farm works as a self-sufficient organism and our biodynamic preparations are homemade. We use them with a pragmatic approach, depending on the needs of our vines and soil.