Some wines tell us a story… From living soils and pest-resistant vines, to the warmth of the sun and cycles of the moon. Unadulterated aromas from winemakers who do not produce their wine but accompany it. These are wines from biodynamic cultivation. Wines with character.
Wine and biodynamic viticulture
The secret is hidden behind the work in the vineyard.
- Diversity: Demeter winegrowers regard their vineyards as ecosystems, as a living organism. Instead of a monoculture, the greatest possible diversity of plants and insects is sought to create a balanced and stable environment for the vines.
- Biodynamic: Demeter viticulture is much more than a guaranteed renunciation of chemical synthetic pesticides. In fact, the winegrower gives back more to the vineyard than they take away from it through harvesting and cultivation. Biodynamic preparations for the soil and plant support this.
- Rhythmic: The vines follows the course of the sun in their growth. Biodynamic winegrowers therefore have a sense of rhythm when pruning, applying the preparations and harvesting the grapes, supporting the vines in their natural growth. This is more important to the winegrowers than work processes based on purely economic criteria.
- Logical: Living wines need living soils. The soil is the “treasure chest” of every Demeter biodynamic vineyard, explaining why biodynamic winegrowers are particularly careful with it. They make sure that the humus layer of the soil grows continuously so that their vineyard can withstand both droughts and heavy rainfall, allowing a variety of micro-organisms to settle in it. All this contributes to the expression of terroir and aroma in wine.
What makes biodynamic wines so special?
The work of Demeter winegrowers is characterised by attentiveness and responsibility, not only in the production of good quality wines, but also in the preservation of a whole ecosystem and its characteristics.
Preventive plant protection measures, good knowledge of the local conditions and microclimate and a lot of manual work, form the basis for reducing interference with the wine during the vinification process. Demeter vintners do not produce wine, they accompany it. In this way, the spectrum of aromas that stem from location and vintage, can unfold to develop its authentic character. Many wineries from more than 20 countries show the diversity and presence of biodynamic wines worldwide.
Our task is to encourage and guide the vines. Only by protecting the soil’s fertility will we obtain a well-balanced vine that is resilient and able to respond better to the extreme climatic conditions of these recent years. As we taste the biodynamic wines, we are able to perceive their essence and energy. These wines will never leave us.
Elisabetta Foradori, Demeter winemaker at Agricola Foradori, Trentino, Italy
Demeter – biodynamic wine
If not directly at the vineyard, find your Demeter wine assortment in natural health food stores and selected wine bars, shops and gourmet restaurants.
Did you know?
Biodynamic field management ensures that the humus layer of the soil grows continuously. This is proven by independent research that has examined the differences between conventional, organic and biodynamic crops for over 20 years. Because large amounts of CO2 are bound in the humus, a build-up of the humus layer helps counteract the greenhouse effect. Find more at this page: International Biodynamic Wine – Carbon Sequestration Research