Wine Word of the Week: Biodynamic viticulture

By Kori ~ April 3rd, 2010.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is biodynamic viticulture.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Biodynamic viticulture is, depending on your perspective, an enhanced or extreme form of organic viticulture. This controversial regime has produced some impressive results but without the reassurance of conclusive scientific explanation. It is based on theories by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) for agriculture in general. Biodynamics sees each vineyard as a living organism which can be maintained in a self-sustaining way.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Biodynamic viticulture utilizes the same basic principles as organic viticulture, but then incorporates religious-like practices such as the alignment of planets, phases of the moon, and special preparations such as crushed quartz crystals.

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Reader's Comments

  1. Andersson | April 14th, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Are there any producers that have these types of vineyards?

  2. Kori | April 19th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    There are a number of biodynamic vineyards out there now. I don’t have a list of all of them. One that I had a chance to visit last year was Montemaggiore in Sonoma County, California. Cheers!