Joly, Nicholas. Biodynamic Wines Demystified. Wine Appreciation Guild: San Francisco, USA 2008. 8vo lg SC 180pp. (foreword by Mike Benziger & Joshua Greene) Indent
'Wine is made in the vineyard.'
This is the mantra of many winemakers, but what does it mean really? Esteemed winemaker and biodynamic pioneer Nicholas Joly believes a wine that is well-made in the vineyard must express its unique terroir: the character imbued by a vine’s particular plot of well-tended earth.
In Biodynamic Wine, Demystified, Joly shares the core philosophy behind biodynamic viticulture and why such practices result in wines of regional distinction. This process treats the vineyard as a self-perpetuating, ecological whole, influenced not only by terrestrial forces but also those of the Sun, Moon, and cosmos. He explains why the use of foreign substances such as pesticides and fertilizers in the vineyard, aromatic yeasts and enzymes in the cellar, and mechanisms such as electric motors and pumps disrupt the required synergy and are ultimately counterproductive to a wine’s best and most consistent expression.
Biodynamic viticulture has become the most widely visible application of Rudolf Steiner's ideas in agriculture today. The growing attraction to fine wines that originate with biodynamic methods is not based on ideology but on the results. The higher quality of biodynamic wines offers some of the strongest evidence yet that biodynamic methods are not only safer for growers and the Earth, but also lead to noticeably better results.
Biodynamic Wine, Demystified, is valuable reading not only for wine lovers, but for anyone interested in how biodynamic methods can improve every area of modern agriculture.