Biodynamics for Vineyards
Winegrowers and Viticulturists around the world and especially here in New Zealand, have naturally taken to biodynamic philosophy and applied it to their vineyards.
Biodynamics is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, gardens, food production and nutrition. The object of Biodynamics is to maximise the living energy within this system in order to make it self-sustaining and of the highest quality.
Applying biodynamic principals to your vineyard will involve using using the special biodynamic preparations, and timing various activities alongside lunar and astrological movements.
Biodynamics is not only growing in popularity here in New Zealand but also across some of the best vineyards in Italy and France.
Want a better tasting wine?! Try biodynamics on your vineyard.
Biodynamics sees the vineyard as a single, symbiotic living organism. The more vigorous and complex that organism is, and the more diverse an ecosystem you have – the better the vine can interact with the ‘terroir’.
With a better terroir interaction, the grapes can develop more complexity and depth which in turn leads to a wine with more complexity and depth.
Biodynamics takes into account that the vine, microbes, insects, minerals, sun and planets all interact and to optimise the flavour of wine, you need to take all these factors into account.
Curious about who’s using biodynamic principals in New Zealand?
- Quartz Reef
- Felton Road
- Burn Cottage
- Dry River
- The Wrekin
- James Milton
- Pyramid Valley
- Bell Hill
*Not all listed are Demeter certified but they are using and applying biodynamic practices.
Check out our articles on wine and viticulture from past Harvests Magazine
Biodynamic Vineyards in the Media
- Biodynamic Case Studies
- Biodynamic Preparations
- Biodynamics in Schools
- Cosmic Influences
- Cows + Ethical Calf Raising
- Farm as an Organism
- Growing Food
- Harvest Magazine Article
- Latest News
- Nutrition + Food
- Past Events
- Pest Management
- Stirring + Water + Flowform
- Sustainability + Climate
- Taikura Steiner School Motueka