Anthroposophy is a philosophical vision of life that leads the spiritual in man towards the spiritual in the universe. It is not easy to imagine how this philosophy would relate to the world of wine. But indeed, it does !
Biodynamic farming grew out of a series of eight talks that Austria philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) gave where he explained his understanding of how unseen forces affect not only the growth and health of plants and animals, but also the vitality of the soil itself.
For those of us, that believe “terrior” has an affect on the final prodcut, sustainable winegrowing is particularly relevant. Caring for the vineyard’s soil and environment is, in affect, preserving the terroir.
Now I don’t claim to be a farmer, but as a Sommelier, I do believe that great wines are made in the vineyard, and I’ve got to believe that if you grow any type of food, you want to first assure that your produce is the best it can be.
The vines reach into the soil for their essential needs: water to drink and food to eat. If the soil is full of microbiotic life and natural nutrients, the vine absorbs everything it needs to grow at a normal, healthy rate.