A guide to biodynamic, organic and natural wine

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Organic wines are made from grapes grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, fungicides and fertilisers. The legal definition of organic wine varies between countries and many producers that are technically organic, choose not to include that on their labels. Some believe that farming chemically destroys the land and that organic farming leads to a purer wine. However, it comes down to taste and organic wines should taste as good as any other.

Try some of our organic wines:

Battle of Bosworth



Biodynamic farming is effectively a supercharged version of organic farming. Biodynamic winemaking is based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher scientist (1861 - 1925). The key idea is that the vineyard and land as a whole is a self-sustaining, closed system, while the philosophy also takes into account astrological influences and lunar cycles. Pesticides and fertilisers are banned and replaced by special soil preparations to enhance nutrients. Whether there is a science behind this we cannot be sure, but we do have some very good biodynamic producers in our portfolio:

Domaine Fouassier 

Millton Winery


While organic and biodynamic practices essentially govern the vineyard, the natural winemaking philosophy extends to the cellar. The only additive sometimes used is SO2 – without which natural wines can have a very short shelf-life. Although this category is often steeped in controversy, it is primarily due to a lack of accreditation – anyone can call themselves a natural producer. It comes down to trust and integrity.

1st October 2015

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