Born into a family of wine-growers, Jannick Utard took the reins of La Navicelle in 2006. Ever since then, this connoisseur of sweet and fruity red wines brought this gorgeous domaine onto the path of excellence. Supporter of the biodynamical agriculture, Jannick Utard was awarded the Bio label in 2014 and is working hard towards the Demeter label.
WHAT IS BIODYNAMIC WINE?
Biodynamic wines are made using a series of farming procedures developed from the work of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. There’s a focus on the entire vineyard as an ecosystem, with the vines co-existing with other plants, animals and the soil.
There’s a commitment to the cycles of the moon, strict fertilization preparations (including burying manure in a cow’s horn over the winter!) and many other recommended farming practices. Although biodynamic wines are made in an organic way, they have different certification methods (from bodies like Demeter and Biodyvin) and slightly different rules concerning sulfites.
One thing that separates biodynamic wine producers from many other winemakers is the intense ways they care for the land. All biodynamic farming principles used are concerned with caring for the vineyard ecosystem as a whole. So if you find a biodynamic wine, you can be pretty sure the producers have been thinking long and hard about how to create green, sustainable wines.
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