Organic Wineries | Biodynamic - Sustainable Wineries
Many wineries are turning to what are called "Green" practices.
These are the most common "Green Practices" employed by several
- Organic farming
- Use of solar power
- Use of bio diesel fuels (fuels derived from vegetable oil)
- Reduction of waste
Find out which wineries are biodyanamic,
using sustainable practicies, or are farming organically.
Find out which wineries are using solar
Handley Cellars in Mendocino's Anderson Valley farms organically and
their vineyards have been certified by the California Certfied
Organic Farmers Association.
Organic Wineries and Vineyard Terms
Vineyards posting this certification symbol
(Photo) have been certified by the California Certified Organic
Farmers. In order to be certified the winery must
be inspected and pass all regulations required by this organization.
There are wineries that practice organic farming to some degree
but not to the extent to be “Certified Organic.” They
may be missing just one requirement.
Organic farming means that the vineyards are farmed without the
use of chemical fertilizers,
pesticides, and herbicides. At a winery employing organic farming
it is likely to find hawk, owl, and bat houses, a variety of
cover plants, and the extensive use of composting. For more information
see the CCOF Web
Biodynamic Farming is more of a concept or a philosophy. It is
a holistic approach to farming with the idea that the farm is looked
upon as an living organism. Everything that is done on the farm
should bring harmony to the organism. The idea is to follow a list
of practices that will keep the soil healthy and preserved the
farm for future generations. For more information, see the Demeter
Association Web site.
Sustainability is the idea that all farming practices should be
done to preserve the land so that it continually provides for all
current and future generations. The farm is never depleted.
To produce an organic wine, the winery must produce the wine
from organic vineyards and not add any sulfites to the wine. Very
few wineries produce an organic wine because of the need to add
sulfites as a preservative.
More Information on Organic, Sustainability, and Biodynamic
At a recent meeting of the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco,
three winemakers presented information on this topic. Information
about this meeting can be found at the Wine
Traveler Blog. A podcast
of this program is available and the Commonwealth
Web site. Look
for the title: Wine: Sustainable, Organic, Biodynamic - What Does
it All Mean?