Monday, June 1, 2009
Biodynamic farming isn't just a technique, it's grounded in a philosophy
After Miljenko "Mike" Grgich introduced organic farming to his Rutherford, Calif., winery in 2000, the vintner didn't get the results he had hoped for. So Grgich Hills Estate turned to biodynamics.
"When someone switches from conventional to organics, their mindset as a farmer — when they've been using chemicals for years — is, 'The (market) climate and the wineries want organic, I'll do organic,'" says Grgich vineyard manager David Bos. "Biodynamics says, 'How can I heal the soil, and how can I make these vines healthier?'"