Organic & Biodynamic Wines

Do you know how are the mass production wines made?

  •  Wine grapes are mostly grown in artificially created sterile environment by pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
  • Grapes are from modern clones for high yield and disease resistance.
  • Commercial fertilizer adds chemical supplement on the surface but pollutes local water.
  • Machine harvest includes rotten grapes and dirt easily for winemaking.
  • During vinification, grape juice will have sulfites SO2 added to prevent spoilage.   However, sulphites create allergy problem and hangovers to wine drinkers.
  • Un-natural yeasts create unnatural aromas and flavours. 
  • Machines used in winemaking will extract more colour, body and alcohol, but sometimes over extract grapes, which will create bitterness and roughness for wine.
  • Adding sugar and acidity will create standardized wine without character of terroir. 
  • Sulphites level:  160-210 mg/l

About Organic Wines

  • Chemical fertilizers and steriliser are BANNED.
  • Soil is plowed on regular basis for growing deep roots.
  • Harvest by hand will bring healthy, clean grapes for winemaking.
  • Fermentation by indigenous yeasts will develop natural aromas and evolve mineral aromas from soil.
  • Limited usage of sulphites SO2 will develop more beautiful and complex aromas, terroir character, and reduces bad hangovers.
  • Certified organic wines require at least 4 years of conversion under monitoring.
  • Sulphites level:  70-90 mg/ l
  • French certification is Agriculture Biologique (AB). 
  • EU certification is EcoCert (ECO). 

About Biodynamic Wines

  • Biodynamic Concept is derived in 1920 by Rudolf Steiner in Austria based on fundamentals of organic farming. 
  • The concept enhances natural winemaking methods by integrating the rhythm of the earth, with atmosphere of the vineyard and winery, in alignment with lunar calendar and astrology cycle.
  • It promotes life of soil and organism in vineyard, balancing the eco system in grapes growing and wine making process.
  • Biodynamic wineries believe that healthy and happy vineyard can resist disease and extreme climate on its own.
  • A vineyard is defined as a living organism on its own.
  • The result is creating wines that best express the purity, complexity and balance of wine.
  • Sulphites level:  35-45 mg/ l
  • Domaine Romanee Conti is the most premium winery in the world, and has practiced biodynamic winemaking for decades.  Other wineries that are certified biodynamic or in conversion include Chateau Pontet Canet and Chateau Margaux. 
  • EU Certification is Biodivin.   International certification is Demeter Biodynamic.

If you believe in magic of biodynamic winemaking, you may check the biodynamic calendar before drinking the wines to optimise the enjoyment level! 

Cheers!

  1. Fruit Days: Best days for harvesting grapes and tasting wine.
  2. Root Days: Ideal days for pruning.
  3. Flower Days: Leave the vineyard alone, but still enjoyable for drinking wines.
  4. Leaf Days: Ideal days for watering plants
  5. Void Days: Not good days for enjoying wine.

 

Is Today a Fruit or Flower Day?   Check out the biodynamic calendar here: 

https://www.rhythmofnature.net/index.php/biodynamic-calendar  

 

Description of organic & Biodynamic wines