Food Science: Biodynamic wines
“We believe in agriculture that pollutes as little as possible to produce genuine wines for pleasure of our palates and out bodies”. ~Antonio Giglioli, Organizer, Live Wine 2017
What is Biodynamic Wines?
Biodynamic wines are made with the use of biodynamic agriculture. In simple terms, wine is produced in a supercharged organic farming environment. Most steps in making biodynamic wines are done by manual labor and excludes the use of chemicals which are bad for the environment and for our bodies.
The science behind biodynamic wine is that everything reflects off each other and somehow it is all connected. The moon, the stars and planets are interconnected and give off energy that streams through the universe. This concept of biodynamic wines was started in the 1920s by a philosopher named Robert Steiner. We all know how good it is to eat organic foods. Well, biodynamic wines are one of the oldest products of organic farming. The wine is farmed in a holistic, homeopathic manner which includes viticulture.
Planting, pruning and harvesting are completed based on a special biodynamic calendar. Each day of the calendar coincides with the four elements named, earth, fire, air and water that were used before Plato’s era.
- Fruit days. Perfect for harvesting grapes.
- Root days. Good days for pruning.
- Flower days. Do not touch the vineyard on these days.
- Leaf days. Water plants on these days.
Where can I find these wines?
If you are someone who loves delicious food and good wines, this is an event not to be missed. LiveWine brings you winegrowers from all over the world to showcase their best wines which is said to give you unique emotions. This event runs over two consecutive days and is held in Milano, Italy. Here are some facts about this event.
- You purchase a single entry ticket and have access to taste all the wines on display. (Total score)
- Wines can be purchased directly from the producer.
- Stalls with high quality food are also participating.
- Thematic tasting seminars. You might need an extra ticket for these seminars as there is a maximum amount of participants allowed.
- Fun play areas for the kids as well as dedicated caretakers who will be entertaining them while you go and enjoy the food and wine.
- Around 4500 people attending for the two days.
- A total of 800 different wines for tasting.
- 17 benches dedicated to artisan quality foods.
- 250 accredited journalists and bloggers attending.
If you can’t wait for the next LiveWine event, there are some other places you can check out.
- Bolfan Vinski Vrh, Croatia – This winery has been going for thousands of years. Yes, you read right, thousands! Their biodynamic wines have won many awards and you can book a guided tour of the estate. You will experience great winetasting and learn about winemaking. There are beautiful boutique rooms you can book and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This is a great getaway with your friends and/or loved ones. You can enjoy the thermal spa and there is a good chance you’ll get to see some castles.
- Querciabella, Tuscany, Italy – The team at this winery have been pioneers in putting biodynamic wines on the forefront. You can enjoy these hand-crafted wines at a winetasting. They offer master winemaking classes if you need to brush up on your organic winemaking skills.
- Barone Pizzini, Lombardy, Italy – The winemakers at Barone Pizzini adopted organic wine making early as they realized the impact of creating biodynamic wines. One of the most respected facts about this winery is that they were one of the first companies to measure their wine making carbon footprint. How fantastic is that? Experience the organic winemaking process from beginning to end with a tour of this trendsetting winery.
Why should I invest in biodynamic wine (organic) over regular wine (non-organic)?
- Biodynamic wine does not contain toxic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, growth stimulants or synthetic fertilizers.
- Crops are fertilized with compost, green manure. The crops will also be covered in the process.
- Grazing chickens are used under the vines to control cutworms. The alternative is to pick the cutworms off the leaves one by one. This is in place to avoid the use of insecticides.
- No genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are used either.
Many of these wineries believe in taking land stewardship seriously. Living in harmony with wildlife is important to organic farmers. Helping the environment keeping as much chemicals as we can away from our bodies is a positive thing. There are only a small percentage of certified organic vineyards around the world but as we are learning more about organic living, I am sure this will increase over time. Besides, organic wines are said to give you less of a hangover if you accidentally overdo it.