We owe this approach to agriculture to Mr. Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, who in the 20's asked several essential questions to the agricultural world: what are the effects of fertilizers and pesticides on the soil? How do cosmic influences affect agriculture? What is the cause of the decrease in food quality? etc. In short, Rudolf asked himself many questions and proposed ideas to farmers to give their land back its vitality and fertility.
To work the land in the respect of this approach, farmers are invited to throw away their bottles of chemical weed killers and other clever fertilizers. To take care of the vines in biodynamics, it will be cow horns, dung, plants, and lunar calendar... A whole program!
Among the most known and used preparations, the "500" horn dung. This preparation is obtained by fermenting good quality cow dung in the soil, inserted in horns and buried in the ground during the winter. Once out of the ground, this dung, dynamized with water, is sprayed on the soil, in this case on the vines.
In this way, the plots are protected from diseases and chemical fertilizers are avoided. The treatments must be carried out in accordance with the lunar calendar for a maximum effectiveness.
As they go to a lot of trouble, the winegrowers who work in biodynamics can, by respecting the "cahier des charges", put the Demeter label on their bottles. These products have a double certification: Organic and Demeter. Just like the "AB" label, Demeter, present in 53 countries, assures consumers that the product, whether it comes from France, Switzerland, Egypt or Peru, offers the same guarantees of control and certification. However, some winegrowers work in biodynamics without the label because they did not want to subscribe to the specifications, but do not hesitate to ask them!
These biodynamic wines are above all the reflection and the result of a respectful viticulture of the vines, the soils and the people. In the vineyard as in the cellar, this approach aims above all to produce healthy wines without chemical intervention.
Does it taste different? Not at all! And all types of domains use it, not only the small producers in the countryside, think again! For example, what is considered the best wine of Burgundy and one of the best wines in the "world", Romanée-Conti is biodynamic (but don't say it too much because it scares the most Cartesian).
Biodynamic wines are like when you go to the organic market gardener to buy your vegetables, you are sure that you will not be poisoned and moreover it is good!
Marie lecrosnier-Wittkowsky for Les Grappes
From September 15 to October 17, the Wine Fair is coming to Les Grappes!
For this beautiful event, the Les Grappes team is working day and night to concoct for you a selection of our best vintages. No more empty cellars, because if there are two things we fight against: it's when it rains and when there is no more wine to drink.
For the occasion, come and discover wines from French winemakers with great stories. This unique selection of wines reveals beautiful organic, natural, and biodynamic wines. As always at Les Grappes, we have at heart to highlight the sale in short circuit.
Treat yourself and enjoy aperitifs with friends or family meals at home.
Enjoy the wines of our 1,200 referenced winegrowers all over France, the opportunity for you to discover terroirs and stories! All the wines are delivered directly from the estates.
10€ offered from 60€ purchase with the code: BONPLATBONVIN