Many of us love a good glass of wine (or two) as a treat at the end of a long day or during a social occasion. However, what you may not know is that there’s a new movement out there focused entirely on making wine healthier for you. Biodynamic wineries are using sustainable practices to produce wine that’s better for you – and avoid harming the earth in the process. Here’s what you need to know about biodynamic wine, as well as some of our favorite options.
What is biodynamic wine?
Biodynamic wineries take a unique approach to the creation of their products. They treat the entire farm as one organism, instead of addressing each part of it separately. By thinking about the farm holistically, they can create something that’s very self-sustaining. All of the soil is entirely natural, with no pesticides or other chemicals, and farm animals live on the vineyard, fertilizing the soil naturally. This helps the grapes thrive on their own, and it also ensures that the farming practices don’t damage the land.
Why is biodynamic wine better for you?
Since there are no chemicals used in biodynamic farming, you get grapes that are much fresher and healthier. While biodynamic wine doesn’t necessarily taste different from other types of wine, it often does feel brighter and bolder in the mouth. Since biodynamic wine is grown so well, it can also enhance the desirable health properties that all wines have. They are full of antioxidants, which help fight cell damage and can even prevent cancer in some cases. Biodynamic wine is also great for your cardiovascular system – it can reduce the risk of blood clots and heart disease.
5 Awesome Biodynamic Wines
- Les Clos Sacres Savennieres 2005, Nicholas Joly: Nicholas Joly has been a leader in biodynamic wine, and this beautiful Chenin blanc is a must drink. It combines flavors of bready brioche with apricot, apple, and honeycomb for a taste that’s acidic yet a little sweet.
- 2008 Marco Abella Mas Mallola Priorat: This stunning Spanish wine stands out because of the extremely high altitude where it’s grown. This makes the grapes very bright and acidic.
- Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Gueberschwihr: This Alsatian white wine is rich and seductive, and pairs perfectly with a deeply satisfying meal. It’s well structured, with notes of rose and spices.
- 2011 Deloach Estate Pinot Noir: For a delicious biodynamic red, try the Deloach Estate pinot noir. Pinot noir has always been a versatile classic, and this wine is nice and earthy, with notes of bing cherry and clove nutmeg to deepen out the flavor profile.
- Wild Thing 2017 Rendezvous Rosé: If rosé is your go-to, make sure to add this delicious biodynamic wine to your tasting list. Unlike many rosés, this one is very bold and full-bodied, with a deep flavor profile of fruit and spice, as well as some tannins for structure.
With so many wineries going biodynamic these days, now is the perfect time to give these delicious wines a try. There are so many excellent options to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find one that suits your taste.