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“It is empirical, not scientific. We feel it in the taste of the wine in the mouth. We have tried so many wines made from vines with horizontal roots, where the roots stop at the surface due to herbicides and fertilizers. With those wines, you cannot distinguish between different terroirs.”
— Claude Bourguignon, Founder of the Microbiological Soil Analysis Laboratory
In the years after the Second World War, chemical scientists invented artificial fertilizers to save labor, reduce costs and increase yields. Routine spraying and additions of nitrogen, magnesium and potassium to vineyards left soil barren, devoid of life and low in nutrients. By the turn of the century, renowned French microbiologist Claude Bourgignon observed that the soils of some of Burgundy’s most famous vineyards had less microbiological life than the Sahara desert. Something had to change, and over the last thirty years a new approach with old origins has been adopted for many agricultural crops, including wine grapes.
Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines represent the antithesis to the way most estates grow wine grapes — in sterile vineyards, where herbicides, pesticides and fungicides eliminate plant, insect and microbial populations. They also represent the antithesis to the way most winemakers make wine — manipulating them with sulfurs, yeasts, enzymes and sugars to infuse flavors, increase viscosity, add alcohol, heighten color, extract concentration and homogenize the distinguishing characteristics of distinctive terroirs and their grapes.
Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines represent a return to wine before the advent of industrialized farming. They seek to make good wine from good grapes grown in good soil using traditional methods and working closer to nature. They seek to make wine that expresses the distinguishing characteristics of distinctive terroirs and their wine grapes.
We’d like to invite you to a revelatory rediscovery of the old ways of making wine. Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines may not change the way you feel about wine — but they may change your life.Back to Events