Biodynamic and its principles
The concept of Biodynamics started in the 1920’s with an Austrian philosopher named Rudolph Steiner. It is a holistic, homeopathic manner of farming that, of course, also includes viticulture. It is the oldest, anti-chemical agricultural movement that predates the creation of organic farming by about twenty years.
The concept behind biodynamics is that everything in the universe is interconnected and gives off a resonance or ‘vibe’. The interconnectivity of everything even includes celestial bodies like the moon, planets and stars. Biodynamic viticulture is the practice of balancing this resonance between vine, man, earth and stars. Essentially, biodynamics is a holistic view of agriculture.
Application of Biodynamic Viticulture
We consider our 18-hectare area as a living being, the cultivated soil and the surrounding air become the energy base of the vine. Our goal is to provide the plant the best possible environment to grow.
With this in mind, preparations based on natural products we use are made both plant matter, animal and mineral.
We use the Maria Thun preparation in late autumn before the winter solstice, one or two 500 Horn manures in spring, and one 501 Horn Silica after closure of the cluster. These biodynamic preparations strengthen the process of decomposition of the earth into humus; it allows a good decomposition of organic matter and brings the « pulse »