Why Biodynamic

5 Rules of our wines

Insist OnOrganic Grapes

Usually grapes are not washed after being picked from the vine. That means if grapes are not grown organically traces of pesticides and chemicals used in the vineyard end up in your glass, no matter how expensive the bottle or well-regarded the winemaker. Love Delivery wines are clean, pesticide-free as we partner with vineyards that have been producing organic grapes.

Say No To Unnecessary Extras

Did you know 70 additives are in conventional wine? Winemakers are legally required to disclose only little information on the bottle labelling, such as growing and bottling locations, whether the wine contains sulphites and the percentage of alcohol. In the UK there’s no obligation to tell you how their grapes are grown or to name any of the more than 70 additives that are used in the winemaking process to alter the taste, colour, and mouthfeel of what is in your glass. To learn more, go to UK Regulations/ Food Standard Agency:https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/wine-law

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Make it Vegan

Given that wine is the product of grapes and yeast, some may assume that all wines would be appropriate for vegans but this isn’t the case. Before wine is bottled it is softened and clarified via a “fining” process, which typically requires the use of animal-derived ingredients, such as gelatine, fish bladders, egg whites, or milk protein (known as casein)and other fining agents. Vegan wines are free from those animal products and use traditional fining agents such as bentonite, a form of clay or pea protein for fining. View our range of Vegan, clean, organic and pesticide free wines.

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Read on to discover how organic and biodynamic wines are different…

WINE GUIDE and WINE FACTS

Conventional wine

Conventional viticulture, like many other food products, has changed a lot over the past 50 years. Many wine producers, in order to obtain a large harvest in a relatively short time, decided to use chemical assistance. You can be congratulated on their ingenuity in achieving their goal, but unfortunately, there were some victims. In this case, both the quality of the wine and the health of consumers fell victim. Despite the fact that the use of chemicals has been very limited nowadays and in the years 1993 – 2009 about 700 dangerous for the environment and human chemicals were banned by the European Union, others remained in use. As a result of plant chemistry, nitrates, pesticide residues and heavy metals accumulate excessively in plants, and too wide a spectrum causes the loss of beneficial microorganisms. In addition, the negative effects of conventional crops can also include ecosystem degradation, eutrophication of lakes or nitrogen spills.

Organic Wine

An organic vineyard is the same as an organic farm which, as you’re probably aware, respects nature and has to follow strict environmental rules. These include:

  • never using synthetic interventions such as pesticides, fertilisers and herbicides
  • focusing on organic fertilisers and crop rotation to create a good yield
  • only using grapes grown organically

Organic wine covers the vineyards and grapes, this is the starting point for any good quality wine production and means the soils and vines have not been absorbing chemicals in the form of fertilisers and pesticides rather than the natural goodness found in healthy soils.

Of course, this requires a lot more work and time than conventional cultivation. However, growers have shown that the effects are worth it: natural, healthy and more fruity wines come from these crops. Wines containing sulfites in trace amounts, without artificial colours, fragrances and preservatives. Organic cultivation has a decisive impact on the quality of wine, including consumer health.

Organic certification is a reliable stamp of approval that the wine has come from this type of vineyard.

European Organic Agriculture

Biodynamic Wine

Biodynamic wine, however, goes a whole lot further. A biodynamic vineyard:

  • starts with the soil
  • follows a strict calendar from the moment seeds are planted to the time they are harvested
  • takes into account the lunar cycle as well as the position of the sun and planets
  • is regulated by the Demeter Association to assure customers of purity

Essentially, it lets nature run the show. Rather than trying to force the natural world into an unnatural economic rhythm, it works with the abundance of the landscape, helping mother earth produce as much as she can. That way, everyone profits. Animals help with the process too, improving the soil which helps the vines and ultimately enriches the wine.

A biodynamic vineyard is therefore an abundant, self-sustaining ecosystem in total harmony with the planet. It’s a way of bringing deep nature to wherever you are, even a big city – so you can have farmyard wine even in London, and your express wine delivery in Manchester is helping to make the planet happier.

Biodynamic wine making is a stage further from organic viticulture and requires a much greater commitment from the grower. It is often referred to as ‘super’ organic. Its roots are to be found in the lectures of the Austrian philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner. The key is to consider the farm in its entirety as a living system. Biodynamic production is a proactive attempt to bring life to the soil with the use of natural composts and organic preparations.

The philosophy of biodynamic winemakers is carried from the vineyard to the cellar where they will invariably use natural yeasts, limited fining and filtration and certainly no unnatural ‘manipulation’ of the wine.

Biodynamic certification known as Demeter is a sound guarantee of responsible environmental practice to produce the best and most authentic wine.

Demeter International has headquarters in Germany and many branches in different countries. It is the largest wine certification organization in terms of biodynamic cultivation. Demeter requires vineyard owners to apply biodynamic practices throughout the year, and all organic fertilizers must be treated in accordance with compost preparation practices.

Biodynamic Vegan

Given that wine is the product of grapes and yeast, some may assume that all wines would be appropriate for vegans but this isn’t the case. Before wine is bottled it is softened and clarified via a “fining” process, which typically requires the use of animal-derived ingredients, such as gelatine, fish bladders, egg whites, or milk protein (known as casein)and other fining agents.Vegan wines are free from those animal products and use traditional fining agents such as bentonite, a form of clay or pea protein for fining. View our range of Vegan, clean, organic and pesticide free wines.