BIODYNAMICS

Preventative agriculture

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BIODYNAMICS

It was founded in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner in response to the concerns of farmers who saw that their lands were under threat. Biodynamics is a growing method that goes beyond simply prohibiting the use of chemical and synthetic products, as is the case with organic growing.

Biodynamic growing promotes the revitalisation of vines, with the aim of increasing levels of biodiversity: spontaneous grass cover is maintained to obtain spongy soils, infusions and decoctions of plants are applied to ward off pests, and animal and vegetal compost is produced for use as food for the earth and the plants.

OBSERVATION

Continuous learning

 

When carrying out work on our vines and soils, we respect the belief in the influence of the moon and the universe.

We are conscious of the work that lies ahead, but we have been encouraged by the generous response of nature. We are always conscious of the fact that nature has a direct and important influence on our vineyards, and consider it our duty to learn to interpret her.

VEGETAL COVER

Live vegetal cover is a technique used to maintain the soil in the vineyards. This cover can be spontaneous, leaving the flora to grow naturally, or it can be induced.
It is an effective soil-care system used in biodynamic growing. It helps regulate the retention and drainage of water, encourages biodiversity and the proliferation of the natural enemies of the common vineyard pests. It reduces the risk of erosion and improves soil structure, enriching it with organic matter and activating microbial life.

COMPOST FROM OUR FARM

We make animal and plant compost from our own farm – a fundamental pillar of biodynamic agriculture.

The farm is located in a unique environment that is surrounded by vineyards and in which different types of animals cohabit. Among others, we have sheep, chickens and horses which – aside from giving us the compost with which we make biodynamic preparations – contribute to generating greater microbial activity for our vineyards.

ANIMAL TRACTION. THE HORSE.

For some time now, we have been working some of our vineyards using animal traction. This involves working with a horse, a practice that has almost died out today. This is another step towards bringing human beings closer to the earth, reviving a forgotten friendship, and has become one of the pillars of our viticulture. It is a learning experience that will take time, but our objective is to use it throughout all our vineyards.

With a horse you can plough the earth without compacting it, promoting water drainage, the proliferation of roots and their capacity to reach the bedrock, as well as, and perhaps most importantly, obliging the grower to get closer to the earth – to feel it, smell it and observe it. The act of walking and treading the earth allows us to be attentive to what is going on in the vineyards and all that lives in them, a very important form of direct communication.

Biodymaincs preparations

MEDICINAL PLANTS

We care for our vineyards with preventive infusions made from medicinal plants grown in our garden of nettles, dandelions, yarrow, horsetail, valerian, etc. These decoctions activate defence systems which act against potential pests, fungi or diseases.

The first winery in Spain to obtain
the BIODYVIN biodynamic certification.

In 2014, we obtained the Demeter label, which certifies the biodynamic growing and biodynamic winemaking used for every wine. A few years later, in 2018, we received the Biodyvin label from the International Syndicate of Biodynamic Wine growers, a very discerning global certification specific to the wine sector – unlike Demeter, which relates to all types of crops – and that certifies work in biodynamics in terms of both viticulture and winemaking (the winery). Both quality labels, Demeter and Biodyvin, are compatible and complementary to one another.

Biodyvin, created in 1995, and today recognised around the world, is made up of a group of 135 wine growers from France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and now – with the incorporation of Gramona – also from Spain. It only includes wineries that manage their vineyards in a totally biodynamic manner, or which have committed to full conversion within three years.