Biodynamic viticulture is a more holistic approach towards organic farming developed by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. It utilizes homeopathic treatments of special preparations of herbal sprays and composts applied the right time taking into account astrological influences and lunar cycles. It looks at the vineyards as part of the planet and the entire solar system that everything has an impact upon each other. The idea behind biodynamic viticulture is to develop biodiversity within the vineyards by applying formulas with special preparations in order to boost the vineyard’s immune system through increased microbiological life in the environment. The approach focuses on polyculture and the management of species living in the area as a means to prevent threats, rather than treatments to problems.
The method promotes farming methods that encourage the vineyards to strengthen its own immune system and become a self-sustaining ecosystem rather than becoming reliant on synthetic chemicals. Biodynamic wineries tend to have land that have been set aside to promote natural relationships between predators and prey in the vineyards that help control the level of biological threats to the vines. Livestock such as cows and sheep are also raised within or nearby the vineyards as its manure are naturally rich in nitrogen, a good fertilizer for the vines. Biodynamic techniques create wines that uncover each vineyard’s truth and potential. The wines made this way are described to be true to its soil, varietal and climate. It represents if specific place of origin, aroma, flavor and texture.