Biodynamic wine: promoting biodiversity in the vineyard
Do you know about Biodynamic wine? In line with organic farming, some winegrowers practice biodynamic viticulture by following a lunar calendar to work the vines and homeopathic preparations to nourish the soil healthily. Objective n°1: to optimise the biodiversity of the vineyard. Healthy vine = healthy grapes = healthy wine.
Balance between matter and freshness
Burgenland Red 2021
Juice and density!
Azienda agricola Elisabetta Foradori
IGT Dolomiti Red 2018
Rock and roll!
La Graine Sauvage
Vin de France White 2020
Exclusive Cuvée Petites Caves (EXCLU : A unique cuvée
Côtes du Rhône Red 2019
Rich and tense Sancerre
AOC Sancerre White 2020
A pineau d'aunis that makes its effect!
Domaine de Bellivière
Coteaux du Loir Red 2020
Burgenland White 2021
WINE RESERVED FOR CLUB MEMBERS!
The opulence of a pink chardonnay :-)
Domaine Stéphane Tissot
Arbois White 2021
Les Terres Bleues
Vin de France White 2021
Very nice soft wine
Domaine de la Grange Tiphaine
Montlouis sur Loire White 2018
A great white in the South? Great then!
IGP Saint-Guilhem-Le-Désert White 2019
A success! And a nice potential for ageing.
Saint Joseph Red 2020
Fine bubbles that tickle our minds
Domaine Stéphane Tissot
Crémant du Jura White
Domaine Philippe Gilbert
Menetou-Salon White 2018
A fleshy wine full of life
Côtes du Rhône Red 2016
But what a white! Superb balance etc...
Vin de France Orange 2021
Precise and meticulous work
Hautes Côtes de Beaune Red 2020
Mas del Périé
Cahors Red 2020
Muscadet Sevre et Maine White 2017
The maturity of a GREAT wine
Côtes du Rhône Red 2021
Another unique wine!
Mas del Périé
Vin de France White Orange 2020
Learn more about our selection of biodynamic wines:
What is a biodynamic wine?
The biodynamic approach to agriculture was developed by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher in the 1920s. He raised several important questions about the effects of fertilisers and pesticides on the soil, cosmic influences on agriculture and the causes of declining food quality. A biodynamic wine pays attention to the vine, the land and those who care for it: in the vineyard and in the cellar, this approach aims to produce healthy wines without chemical intervention. Biodynamic winemakers encourage biodiversity in the vineyard and use the lunar calendar, the stars and their movements. A biodynamic wine is therefore an organic wine that takes a step further in terms of the philosophy and methods used. The winemakers who use this method intensify the life of the soil so that there is a better exchange between the earth and the plant. The technical and practical advantages are multiple: the strength and autonomy of the vine, and a quality of the harvest that allows the making of wines without inputs.
What are the main principles of biodynamics?
All the wines of Petites caves are part of a quality philosophy. Biodynamic wine allows fining and filtering, but chaptalisation only for sparkling wines. However, the use of sulphites is much lower than for organic wines. Biodynamic winemaking takes into account a few additional important principles:
● Follow the lunar cycle: vine and soil work is carried out according to the natural lunar cycles (rising, falling moon, leaf day and root day, etc.). The same applies to racking and bottling.
● Use of phytotherapy: to strengthen the vines and energise the soil, biodynamic viticulture uses plant and mineral sprays. This phytotherapy logic helps to protect the vines from disease or extreme weather conditions.
● No inputs: the permitted additives are much more restrictive than for organic farming and the maximum permitted sulphite levels are about 30% lower.
How is biodynamic wine regulated?
There are no European regulations for biodynamic wine to date. Two organisations are able to grant the biodynamic label: Demeter and Biodyvin. The wine must have already been awarded the organic label and must then meet the specifications of the certifiers. Like the AB label, Demeter is present in 53 countries and imposes the same guarantees of control and certification everywhere.
Biodynamic wine is therefore an organic and natural wine that protects the ecosystem in which it evolves. By using the lunar cycles and phytotherapy, the winegrowers connect the vine with its environment for a healthy wine with subtle aromas.