Biodynamic agriculture was first proposed by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in a series of lectures for farmers in 1924. This farming system aims to avoid depleting the soil, thereby enabling sustainable agriculture.We decided to introduce the biodynamic approach at the Bodega Piedra Negra vineyard because we knew that such a natural method of production was good for the environment, better for consumers, and would ultimately be reflected in the wines!
Biodynamic farming is based on three main principles:
• All farms are considered to be living, independent organisms. Inputs and outputs are regulated with a view to creating and maintaining an independent system.
• Rather than fertilizing the soil, the objective is to invigorate it, so that it is able to assimilate the mineral elements necessary for the plants' growth and defence.
• The work schedule is based on the lunar, solar and zodiac cycles.
These objectives are accomplished by: