Organic wine and Biodynamic wine
What is Organic wine?
Organic Grape Growing Practices are Sustainable, vineyards are managed to minimize the impact on organisms & micro-organisms living in the ground. For example, tilling the soil is discouraged, as it disrupts the biological activity in the soil – as an alternative, the organic grape grower will control vine undergrowth through mowing & slashing.
No Synthetic Chemicals
All inputs, both during the growing of the grapes and the making of organic wine, are ‘nature equivalent’. Rather than using artificial fertilisers, growers enrich their vineyards with compost made from animal manures & other organic matter. Another organic alternative to conventional viticulture is the use of naturally derived sprays to control fungal outbreaks in the vineyard .Certain biodegradable sprays are used from time to time and there are biological controls such as the planned release of ladybirds which eat vine aphids. Mildew problems may also be managed with salts such as copper sulphate and elemental, (not man made), sulphur.
Why organic wine?
In conventional non organic viticulture, on average one hectare of vines require approximately twenty chemical spray treatments per year.
The combined weight of the chemical spray element of these twenty pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides amounts to roughly one tonne per hectare per year.
So what does this all mean? Well, One hectare of vines can produce 7000 bottles of wine and this would roughly equate to each bottle containing around 142 grams of chemicals per 750ml or about 10ml in each bottle. source Monty Waldin Biodynamic Wine
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What is Biodynamic wine?
Biodynamics is simply an enhanced form of organic farming designed by German Philosopher Rudolf Steiner. The method of biodynamics treats farms as unified and individual organisms, emphasising balancing the holistic development and interrelationship of the soil, plants, animals as a closed, self-nourishing system. Planting for biodynamic wine is done by following lunar cycles.
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