Husband and wife team Jean Dirler and Ludivine Cadé make biodynamic wines on their estate in Bergholtz, Alsace. They are part of five generations of winemakers dating back to 1871; they now farm 18 hectares of vines and produce a wide range of fantastic wines.
The Dirler-Cadé wines are made to biodynamic specification. The wines ferment either in tuns or in stainless steel vats for anywhere between three weeks and three months. They stay on light lees for nine to twelve months before being filtered on a sheet and being bottled.
Jean and Ludivine started their biodynamic journey in 1998, aiming to develop a greater respect for their surrounding environment and the soil that grows their quality grapes. Their dedication to biodynamic practices has paid off, as they have developed some fantastic wines that we are excited to feature at Brown Bag Wines. Look out for them in your Organic Wine Club bags, or order directly from us today.
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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