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What are your views on biodynamics? For me I can appreciate the beliefs and thoughts behind the practise, especially after chatting to such converts as Rudiger Gretcher, winemaker at Boekenhoustskloof, South Africa. For the general consumer however the 'ideas' appear as little more than 'hippy talk' or, at worse, just add to the mysticism and impenetrability of wine as a whole.

A survey by Berry Bros. & Rudd backs this up as only 15% of drinkers would buy a wine purely because of its biodynamic (or organic) certification. The environmental impact of wine production is rarely a concern for wine lovers.

As the Berry Bros. survey finds the root of this is a lack of understanding - with six in ten (57%) wine buffs saying they'd buy more biodynamic wine if they understood how it was grown.

"In light of the fact that many wine lovers remain in the dark about biodynamic and organic wine production, with many respondents citing biodynamic methods as 'mysticism', Berry Bros. & Rudd is launching 'Wine Matters', an initiative to dispel biodynamic myths and encourage wine enthusiasts to have their say on how the wine they buy is produced.

The initiative, at, is an interactive platform for debate with a series of topics and discussions from Berrys' Masters of Wine and industry experts, including a post from Jasper Morris MW, asking: 'Biodynamics: Do we believe?'

Morris comments: "Our number one concern as a business is selling the very best quality wine and we are increasingly seeing that biodynamic production methods, given the stringent attention to detail required by producers, result in better quality wine. We want to share this knowledge with our customers and let them know where their wine has come from and how it has been made."

Berry's will be inviting guest bloggers each week to join the debate including biodynamic wine producer from Rhône, Montirius, and Gavin Partington from The Wine and Spirit Trade Association."

Visit Wine Matters to have your say on biodynamic wine production and learn more about biodynamic viticulture methods.

Berry Bros. & Rudd will also be inviting wine lovers to come to the Berrys' Factory Outlet, in BasingBerry'sstoke, for a complementary biodynamic wine tasting on 5th and 6th June and are including an organic or biodynamic wine in Wine Club cases going out to over a thousand members.

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I've recently begun to learn more about biodynamic practices. Wine Unearthed often get asked about the subject at our workshops and I felt the need to really understand it more. So, I've printed off my moon calender and am following the cycles of waxing and waning and I have to say it does make a lot of sense.
The belief that wine is made in the vineyard has always held true with me and if biodynamicism produces better wine then I'm all for it.
I don't necessarily agree that it should demand a higher price tag and I understand why the consumer gets confused, I am one myself afterall. I feel it is therefore my duty as a wine educator for Wine Unearthed to understand as much as I can in order to explain to consumers what it all means.

I couldn't agree more Philippa; and interesting that Rudiger Gretcher is not going to advertise the fact on the wine label.

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