We farm Biodynamically and Organically.
After a painstaking multi-year process, we were awarded Demeter Biodynamic certification in 2016 and CCOF Organic certification in 2017. Every grape grown on our Annadel Gap Estate is certified Demeter Biodynamic and CCOF Organic – carefully tended with the most eco-responsible methods available.
Biodynamics is the highest level of organic farming – Organic squared! Developed in the 1920s by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, Biodynamics treats the vineyard as a single living organism. Eliminating synthetic fertilizers and pesticides is the beginning, but Biodynamics goes further, encouraging extreme biodiversity, a closed nutrient system, the use of natural “teas” and a personal connection to the land. In harmony with the lunar cycle, Steiner believed this discipline results in a self-sustaining cycle of living and a higher energy to the fruit.
Since our transition to Biodynamics, our vines have become stronger, more disease-resistant, and the roots have deepened dramatically – now requiring virtually no irrigation. Our vineyard is healthy and balanced, and wildlife – jackrabbits and toads especially – are super-abundant. And we swear, you can sense the higher energy in the place and the wines!
Today, we are one of a handful of Demeter-certified Biodynamic vineyards in North America. Why don’t more people do it? It’s expensive. Between the physical workload and lower yields from the vines, costs can be 50%-100% greater than with conventional farming. However, it is catching on fast! Virtually all Grand Cru Burgundy producers farm Biodynamically and are being closely followed by the top-tier producers in Bordeaux and around the world.