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Definitions, Notes and a Photo

January 29, 2012

Definitions:

Agrochemicals: Synthetic pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, etc.  Introduced to farming after World War II.

Organic: No agrochemicals used in the vineyard.  Organic certification varies somewhat from country to country.

Biodynamic: No agrochemicals used in the vineyard.  The vineyard is seen as the sum of its parts where all elements and organisms are meticulously balanced and tended by the grower.

Sustainable: A vague term that can mean any degree of concern for the environment, so one vineyard can be “more sustainable” than another.  Most vineyards labeled “sustainable” will list their sustainable practices at their websites.

 

Notes:

A few of winery/vineyard websites give an initial impression of organic agriculture when, in fact, sustainable agriculture is being practiced.  Some digging at the website will usually reveal the truth.  Should there be doubt, an email to the winery/vineyard may be necessary.  The response time to an email varies from an hour to never.

If your vineyard/wine is earth-friendly, please let me know.  I will be happy to put you in the list and we can do an interview if you like.

This blog is divided into three parts.

Part 1: Vineyards, wineries and winemakers listed alphabetically by name.

Part 2: Vineyards, wineries and winemakers listed alphabetically by country.

Part 3: Interviews with the winegrowers.

 

A Photo:

Wine Daughter Teresa, Wine Dog Lady, Wine Guy Dave

 

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