A Look at How Winemakers Are Getting Greener

BD-and-Organic-WineThe title is long — “Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking: Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture” — but the content is compelling for anyone interested in what wineries and grape growers can do to have less impact on Earth.

“We constantly notice when we are out talking to winemakers in different wine regions that more and more producers pay attention to how what they do in the vineyard affects the environment,” the authors noted in 2012, when the book was published by Floris Books.

“Many winemakers that we meet start the process of ‘converting’ to organic farming. There are rules for what that means — what an organic farmer can do and what is forbidden — rules that come both from public or government organizations and from private organizations. In addition, people also talk more and more about other related approaches: biodynamic winemaking, natural wines, sustainable farming. In this book, we explain them all.”

It’s a comprehensive book by two renowned wine experts, and explains the rules of organic, biodynamic and natural wine production, both outside in the vineyard and inside the wine cellar. It sets out clearly what a winemaker is allowed to do, including processes, additives and chemicals, and looks at the potential long-term benefits of going organic or biodynamic.

As such, it serves as a detailed introduction to Earth-friendly winemaking for wine professionals and enthusiasts alike.

The book is lavishly illustrated, and many of those pictures are worth a thousand words in explaining various concepts and techniques. Per and Britt Karlsson are the co-authors, and the book is available on Amazon.

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