Biodynamic wines are produced in accordance with biodynamic principles that emphasise holistic agricultural methods and minimal intervention post-harvest.
The main practices of biodynamics state the importance of keeping in tune with the basic forces of nature to create a self-sufficient ecological environment with ethical and spiritual considerations.
The practice of biodynamics in viticulture has grown in popularity in recent years with over 450 biodynamic wine producers worldwide. For a wine to be labelled biodynamic it must be made using nine specific preparations and meet internationally recognised standards laid down by the Demeter Association.
Biodynamic wine production is similar to organics by promoting the use of manures and composts and avoiding synthetic chemical pesticides, fungicides and fertilisers in the vineyard and cellar.
Some biodynamic wine makers claim to have achieved improvements in the health and biodiversity of their vineyards, soil fertility, crop nutrition and pest and disease management.