Our new house Chardonnay at Aroma Thyme Bistro is a biodynamic. We love organic and biodynamic lines and they are becoming more popular. I wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago about a great biodynamic wine tasting. These wines are now surfacing as every day normal drinking wine. Our latest addition for wine by the glass is from Deloach vineyards. Deloach is certified organic and practicing lots of our dynamic methods.
A lot of people ask me what is biodynamic. I like to say," it's organic with a lot more love". So to be about dynamic you must first be organic. You take your core organic principles and apply additional principles. These additional principles include harvesting when the solar system is in alignment, having plenty of other crops, have all sorts of animals, make your own fertilizer and of course it goes on from there. Biodynamic producers like to treat their soil in the same manner as her plants. They believe that the quality of their soil determines the quality of their plants. They understand that the soil is living as well.So much care goes into the soil and the plants and everything else on the farm. Basically they're looking for farm harmony.
Here is a rundown from the Deloach website:
At DeLoach Vineyards, we consider ourselves stewards of the land, with a profound responsibility to pass along a clean environment and revitalized, healthy soil to future generations. We take to heart the Native American proverb that “We do not inherit this land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
In that spirit, we look to the future with a new focus on eco-friendly farming practices. In July 2008 we were awarded Organic certification by the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). We have also committed ourselves to the application of biodynamics, beginning with the conversion of 17 acres of estate vineyards from sustainable to biodynamic farming methods. The complete program will involve the use of cover crops, the application of biodynamic specific preparations and composts, and the maintenance of biodiversity within the estate. Click here to learn more about how DeLoach Vineyards is converting to biodynamic farming.
Per the guidelines of biodynamics, we are as attentive to the other aspects of our property and the community as we are to our vines. We maintain and encourage biodiversity on the winery estate with chickens, koi fish, a thriving bee hive, and a diverse vegetable and herb garden that includes the medicinal plants we use in the compost preparations such as yarrow, chamomile and dandelion. In the holistic spirit of biodynamics, we will also continue to cultivate a sense of community with our neighbors, growers, and natural surroundings.