Biodynamic Wine Versus Organic Wine! What’s the difference?
Okay, so I’ve been noticing a lot of wines being labeled ‘biodynamic’ lately and finally my curiosity was piqued. I found myself wondering ‘What’s the difference between a biodynamic wine and an organic wine. To me the names are interchangeable but I decided to search to find the answer and, of course, share my findings with you all.
First let’s start out with the definitions for both organic and biodynamic wine.
An organic wine is one that is ‘produced without using conventional pesticides, petroleum or sewage-based fertilizers, bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. The farmers also emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water for future generations’ (USDA definition).
There are also three types of organic apparently so make sure you really read the label when purchasing to make sure you’re getting what you’re looking for.
Types of Organic*
100% Organic – Refers to wines that are produced with grapes that are certified 100% organically grown and do not have any added sulfites.
Organic – Refers to wines that have at least 95% of their ingredients from certified organic sources. These wines may have an additional 100 ppm of sulfur dioxide added to them.
Made with Organic Grapes – Refers to wines that have at least 70% of their grapes from organic sources. These wines may have sulfur dioxide
A biodynamic wine is a wine that’s 100% organic and doesn’t have any added sulfites as well. However there is a kind of ‘woo woo’ side to this type of farming. Farmers who make biodynamic wines follow the principles put forth by a man named Rudolf Steiner. Mr. Steiner was a 20th Century Austrian philosopher who created these principles in an attempt to balance farming with nature. Biodynamic farmers do things like make their own compost, watch the stars and planets to time what they do, and have chickens roaming the vineyards to eat the bugs rather than use pesticides.
Biodynamic is a great principle that is meant to work with nature rather than against it. It takes clues from nature to decide what the best things for the vineyard are at that particular time.
My take on it is this. If you want to drink an organic wine then make sure it is labeled ‘100% organic’ or ‘biodynamic’ because those two are basically the same wine. The only differences are some of the things that the farmers do to make sure that the farm is organic. Both have to follow strict organic standards in order to be certified as organic or biodynamic.
Do they taste different? Well, I don’t know. There! That’s my honest answer but I will be reviewing some organic and biodynamic wines in the future and I’ll let you know my humble opinion on it. Until then if you happen to try some please leave comments and let us know what it was, how it was, and all the fun little details.
Stay tuned for my next post on Sunday where I’ll be reviewing the next mystery wine. It’s a mystery because I haven’t decided which one to pick yet. Oh the suspense!
Posted on December 15, 2010, in Education, Organic/Biodynamic Wines, Wine Terms and tagged biodynamic wine, organic wine; 100% organic; biodynamics; Rudolf Steiner; Austrian philosopher; red wine; white wine;. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.