Our goal since first planting in 2002 was to preserve the authenticity of the site. Consistent to this, no soil amendments were incorporated prior to planting, nor did we fumigate or apply herbicides. To mitigate erosion, our vineyard was also planted with an annual cover crop that rotates each year depending on nutrient needs and vigor.
Where biodynamics differs from forms of organic or sustainable agriculture is in its idea that farming can be attuned to the spiritual forces of the cosmos. This might involve linking sowing and harvesting to the phases of the moon or the positions of the planets; it also might mean burying cow manure in a cow's horn over the winter, unearthing it in the spring, diluting a minute amount of the substance in 34 liters of water, "dynamizing" it by stirring it by hand in alternating directions for an hour or so and then spraying the mixture over one's vineyard.
How Biodynamics™ Work
According to our biodynamic™ vineyard consultant, Philippe Coderey, biodynamics work in making a more balance vineyard and ultimately more expressive wines. Though the success of the practice is impossible to quantify, the most effective argument for biodynamics™ is that wines produced employing it are more evocative of the place they're grown. Globally, many of the world’s finest wine growing estates have implemented biodynamics™. Regardless of the more quirky and non-conventional aspects of the biodynamic™ viticultural practices, the focus and attention it forces our winegrowing team to pay in the vineyard, ensures the preservation and stewardship of our vineyard site.