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A handful of Okanagan wineries experiment with organic grapes; fewer still have embraced the more rigorous principles of biodynamic farming. But in an age of increasing consumer demand for environmental friendliness and transparency, this may well be the wave of the future.
Wine blogger Caroline Henry recently attended the RAW and REAL natural wine fairs in London. She sends this report:
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend both the RAW and REAL natural wine fairs in London. Both fairs had more than 200 exhibitors each and were very well attended by the public, trade and press. For 3 days I tasted some great artisan wines, had the opportunity to speak and learn about the winemaking process from the winemakers and learned a whole lot more about biodynamic grape growing.
Biodynamic farming is something that has always intrigued me, yet I never really understood the finer points and just thought it was an extreme form of organic farming. I had heard of moon influence and burying of cow horns in the soil but did not really get the point of it all – that is until I attended my first workshop on the topic at RAW – Biodynamics & the Authenticity of Taste by Nicolas Joly.