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Castagna Vineyard, Australia – Julian Castagna

March 25, 2012

It was Robert Louis Stevenson who said ‘wine is bottled poetry’ – I couldn’t agree more. It is such a joy to be the custodian of land which can produce something that is natural, can offer enjoyment, indeed great pleasure – land whose voice is both eloquent and individualistic, land that allows the vines that grows upon it to produce a drink that is at the same time civilized and enjoyable, and has the potential for perfection. This is why I do what I do.

Biodynamics is the tool that I use to help the land express that individuality – biodynamics encourages the vine to speak of the land where it is grown. It allows the energy of the earth and the power of the heavens to combine producing wine, a drink which can offer the greatest range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.

Biodynamics also helps us to come to terms with the power of nature, 10 years of drought followed by two years of floods takes a lot of understanding, we have found that the preparations have helped both in the hot and wet years.

website:  www.castagna.com.au

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