Vine growing

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What is natural winemaking
What is natural winemaking

Natural wine is an important, growing if still slightly niche trend. Natural winemakers often use organic/biodynamic methods in the vineyards but are opposed to any form of independent...

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Why should we drink organic/biodynamic/natural wine?
Why should we drink organic/biodynamic/natural wine?

The main reason is taste. Not everyone agrees organic/biodynamic/natural wines taste better (although we like to think so…!), but pretty much everyone agrees they taste different. Grapes from a...

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What are “orange” wines?
What are “orange” wines?

Orange wines are white wines made using a technique first used thousands of years ago, when everything – grapes, juice, pips and stems – went into the fermentation vessel, usually ...

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Vegetarian/vegan wines
Vegetarian/vegan wines

Wines made using no animal-derived winemaking aids/additives like egg white, casein (from milk), gelatin (from mammals) and isinglass (from fish) can be labelled as suitable for vegetarians/vegans....

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Three biodynamic spray preparations
Three biodynamic spray preparations

The other three biodynamic preparations are used as sprays. Steiner felt cow manure was immensely fertile: cows can eat from just one meadow but her digested grass or manure could keep ...

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The six compost preparations
The six compost preparations

Steiner said to put six of his nine preparations in when making piles of compost, piles of compost being the way all green waste produced on the vineyard gets recycled ...

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What are the nine biodynamic preparations & what is the desired outcome from using them?
What are the nine biodynamic preparations & what is the desired outcome from using them?

Steiner said using his nine biodynamic preparations would produce heathier, longer-lasting and more vital crops with an inner capacity to resist all that nature could throw at them. As a ...

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How is biodynamics different from organic or sustainable
How is biodynamics different from organic or sustainable

There are roughly four ways to farm wine of any kind of food crop. The most common (90% of all wine) is conventional wine-growing.

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What is biodynamics
What is biodynamics

Biodynamics is the oldest so-called green agriculture movement. It was devised by Rudolf Steiner of Steiner-Waldorf school fame in 1924, twenty years before the organic agriculture movement began

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