Our wine tastes better with
biodynamic methods. We’ve tried it both ways.
Today, biodynamic farming is considered one of the most effective methods to achieve biodiversity, to protect the environment and to stop the damage to human health caused by the indiscriminate use of chemicals.
In 1924 a group of farmers approached Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian-born philosopher, scientist, educator and academic, and great social thinker, because they were worried about the deterioration of their land. His discussions with them known as “The Agricultural Course” became the root of Biodynamic Agriculture. Steiner outlined relevant guidelines and practical methods to combat farm degeneration and restore balance on the farm. A balanced farm happens when there is harmony between plants, animals, climate, the seasons and when people respect this balance. A holistic vision means to also look at the lunar cycles and understand how they affect all of us.
Our goal in the vineyard is to help our soil maintain its natural richness. In all we do, we respect the environment and learn to consider the surrounding atmosphere; every day we grasp what it means to work with what nature gives us. This understanding enables us to maintain our natural habitat at Casa Wallace, and all vital elements that exist define our unique “terroir.” Our biodynamic wine tours lead our guests to acknowledge our fundamental relationship we have with our living Earth.
One of the most important processes of Biodynamic Agriculture is dynamization.
At Casa Wallace, it takes place like this:
The objective is to stir and dissolve a small amount of biodynamic preparation in tepid water to create a vortex. When the vortex appears, we change the stirring direction. Stirring in the opposite direction creates chaos and, another vortex will appear. This process continues for one hour. Each vortex allows the maximum amount of water to be exposed to air and through the air, the cosmic forces. Cosmic forces dynamize and give energy to the preparations. When the hour is up, the solution is sprayed either on the soil or the plants. It strengthens vines and brings out the essence of the grapes.
Crazy? That’s what many thought of us in 2002, not because Biodynamic Agriculture was not successful, but because it didn’t make sense to our normal way of thinking. Today, more and more biodynamic wines fill wine store shelves in many countries.