Posted on by Stew Went

Biodynamic wines adheres to all organic criteria, plus the doctrines established by Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian philosopher and academic known for exploring the connection of science and spirituality. The principles, as they relate to grape growing, include:

(1) Improving soil quality through crop rotation and allowing a diverse set of crops to grow within the vineyard to promote a more complex ecosystem.

(2) Planting, harvesting and pruning practices are determined by a specific calendar, taking into account both lunar cycles and the position of the sun and planets.

There are numerous accredited entities around the world that provide Biodynamic certification. These include:

  • Demeter Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (Global)
  • ACO Certification (Australia)
  • BioGrow (NZ)
  • Biodyvin / ECOCERT (France)