BIODYNAMIC WINES – What Does It Mean?

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WHAT'S A BIODYNAMIC WINE-
The natural and organic food industry has been booming in recent years, as consumers become more health-conscious. The wine industry has been no exception to the organic food trend, and there are now a plethora of certified wines on the market: organic, sustainable, no added sulfites, practicing organic, vegan, Biodynamic, and more. For wine enthusiasts, the benefit of these wines is not only in the earth-friendly and health aspects, but in the superior taste afforded by these organic methods.
However, the different labels can be as confusing in wine as they are in food. Complicating the issue further, different countries have their own certification and standards.One of the strictest certifications is Biodynamic wine. Established in the 1920s by Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner, Biodynamic wine is part of a holistic viewpoint on agriculture. Biodynamic agriculture is similar to organic agriculture, but includes spiritual and mystical perspectives. For example, days on the Biodynamic calendar are split into four categories that coincides with the four elements of Earth, Fire, Air, and Water. Biodynamic wines cannot contain manufactured additives – they must be all-natural to be certified Biodynamic.

The Biodynamic composting method is an important part of Biodynamic wine beliefs. The horn is a traditional symbol of abundance, so Biodynamic winemakers stuff compost into cow horns and bury them around their vineyard. Biodynamic certification organizations have strict standards for composting materials.
 Many winemakers use Biodynamic methods for the health of their crops and for the supposed improved taste that’s a byproduct of these Biodynamic methods. This makes sense – healthier crops would seem to produce  better-tasting wine. That being said, there’s no consensus as to whether Biodynamic wines taste different or better than other organic wines. Biodynamic wine enthusiasts contend that their wines not only taste better, but make a difference to the well-being of the planet.
Mora’s carries a few great Biodynamic wines.
The Gemtree Bloodstone Shiraz is well-priced with exceptional flavor.
The Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer has intense flavors and a gorgeous finish.
Whether you’re intrigued by the spirituality and mysticism that goes into Biodynamic winemaking, or just want to try something different, we recommend giving one of our Biodynamic wines a try.
FURTHER READING:
http://winefolly.com/review/biodynamic-wine-guide/
http://www.demeter-usa.org/

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