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Why Should We Care About Biodynamic Wine?

Wine, it’s that consistent comforting liquid best friend that will always be there for us when we need to cry into a glass - but, like any toxic friendship, sometimes it can hurt us too. After all, we all know that there’s nothing worse than a wine hangover.

So, when the new kids on the block, organic and biodynamic wine started getting more popular in the mainstream of wine drinkers, many of us saw this as an opportunity to make our relationship with a glass or two of vino a bit healthier.

What is Biodynamic Wine?

Biodynamic wines are made through the process of biodynamic farming, which originates from Rudolph Steiner’s theories of the farm as its own ecosystem - self-sustainable and its own living entity.

How is Biodynamic Wine Made?

Grapes grown under biodynamic methods have had no interference from synthetic materials such as chemicals or pesticides. The biodynamic system also requires growers to follow both astrological and lunar cycles that impact the vineyard. This allows for certain cycles to be followed in the vineyard with regards to picking, pruning and tending to the vines. On specific days, you can carry out specific actions as the vines will be more responsive on those days because of the lunar cycles.

The lunar calendar includes four different groups of days: flower, fruit, leaf and root. These different days affect all aspects of the farm: from the right time to pick all the way through to the right time to taste.

Are Biodynamic Wines Organic?

Biodynamic wines have the same approach as organic wines but biodynamic wines follow the theories mentioned above regarding vineyards processes. Organic wines are made through a similar non-interference approach in the vineyard, but there is a difference between wineries that use organically grown grapes and those who have organic wines. Organic wines follow the non-interference approach and use organically based materials to create their wines.

Biodynamic winemaking is a very strict procedure, which applies to the cultivation of the grapes as well as winemaking (including additives) and wine ageing. Unlike organic wine, nothing but natural elements can be used or added to the wine. Biodynamic is a very old school of thought brought to light by Rudolf Steiner back at the beginning of the 20th century.

Does Biodynamic Wine Taste Different?

The taste in biodynamic wines differs depending on the region you are in or the style of the wine. Those who follow biodynamic wines will say that wines taste better on fruit days. Apart from this, it is very much on a wine by wine basis in regards to specific flavours.

In commercial and mass-produced wines there are several addictive substances and other ingredients which have nothing to do with wine or fruit. This includes copper, glycerine, ascorbic acid, colouring agents and even rubber just to name a few. Choosing a natural wine and not ingesting these is definitely a much healthier choice!

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