Biodynamicists see wine as a living organism, which responds to the moon’s rhythms in a similar way to the human body, and therefore Biodynamics is not just for winemakers, but also for wine drinkers, influencing when a wine tastes best. Therefore followers of Biodynamics believe that the same wine can taste different on different days of the year, according to the calendar.

Biodynamic wines are made using the principles of biodynamic viticulture. Biodynamism emphasises the health and balance of the soil and forbids man-made agrochemicals and fertilisers. To be most effective the application of biodynamic preventative treatments (predominantly cow manure and silica) are timed to coincide with the rhythms of the Earth and various cosmic cycles. Hence Maria Thun, the authority on Biodynamics, devised the “biodynamic sowing and planting calendar”. This is based on her experimental plant research over many years and is used as a guide for the timing of viticultural work.

In this calendar four “formative forces” are ascribed to the individual parts of the plant as follows:

  1. Earth (and earth signs) with Roots
  2. Water (and water signs) with Foliage
  3. Air (and air signs) with Flowers
  4. Fire (and fire signs) with Fruits and Seed

The calendar is complex and divides each year into days that are favourable and unfavourable for different aspects of work, as defined by the movement of the Moon and planets against the backdrop of the Zodiac constellations. Information kindly provided by Paul Howard, www.winealchemy.co.uk

Maison Joseph Drouhin and Drouhin Vaudon – Veronique Drouhin-Boss, Head Winemaker

“to bring natural answers to natural problems”.

“We respect and ensure the quality of our soils: ploughing by horse, allowing the grass to grow between the vines and using natural compost. We grow our vine stocks in our own nursery to preserve their genetic heritage and remain in control of quality. We let our vines thrive using natural methods only; treatments are based on herb infusions and natural predators are used instead of synthetic products. We opted for densely planted vines (up to12 500 per hectare-5000 per acre) and let them take root as deep as possible (as older vines do). The grapes will therefore be receptive to the faintest message emanating from each soil. We deliberately favour low yields to allow our grapes to enhance the true type of each soil. We pick the grapes in small perforated crates in order to protect and preserve the integrity of the fruit.”

Domaine Josmeyer – Christophe Ehrhart, Director

“This alternative route, which is more demanding and expensive than conventional viticulture, allows man to work in harmony with the sky, the earth and the vines. This close relationship between these four elements produces superb grapes which, in their turn, give birth to deep, balanced wines with a unique personality.

This balance of sky to earth to plant to man is the result of careful and conscientious work in the vineyard based on these 4 essential elements.”

Robert Sinskey Vineyards – Robert Sinskey, Vintner

“We have slowly and methodically developed biodynamic “whole farm” practices. We have adopted methods that not only produce wines of individuality, but also leave a minimal footprint on the land. We believe in developing vineyard ecosystems with the utilization of farm animals, the development of beneficial predatory bird and animal habitat and fish friendly farming practices. Equally important, though less obvious, has been our development of a living soil system by establishing farm methods that encourage vigorous populations of microorganisms through the use of cover crops, composts, biodynamic preparations and the utilization of low impact farm implements.”

  • January

  • 01. Root day
  • 02. Root day
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  • February

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  • March

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  • April

  • 01. Fruit day
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  • May

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  • June

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  • July

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  • August

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  • September

  • 01. Leaf day
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  • October

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  • November

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  • December

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