Biodynamics. Like it, love it, despise it, laugh at it, whatever, it’s a very hot topic amongst serious grape growers/producers. Biodynamics is increasingly viewed as the ultimate in ‘green’ farming, giving the ultimate in environmental credibility to whoever proclaims it as gospel.
The problem is that Biodynamics, due to the fact it all revolves around the teachings of a very eccentric & unusual guy, is weird. Weird in the way that it embraces spirituality and mysticism and transposes this into the very practical and pragmatic methodologies of agriculture. Methodologies that are based upon science, experience and ‘give us a look’ pragmatism. Practices that revolve around both time honoured, well tested ideas as well as modern scientific & technological advances.
As a result, Biodynamics, even if it could produce paradigm shifting results, is viewed largely with scepticism. And the most severe scepticism is reserved for two of (arguably) its most central themes – the Biodynamic Calendar (root day anyone) & the preparations-buried-in-cowhorns.
It seems, however, that some of the exponents of a full Biodynamic regime do understand how weird these elements are. One of those disciples is Nigel Greening, of glorious Central Otago winery Felton Road, and here is a small article that I really liked, which takes a refreshingly normal view of the extremes of Biodynamics.
Read it here