We constantly notice when we are out talking to winemakers in different wine regions that more and more producers pay attention to how what they do in the vineyard affects the environment. Many winemakers that we meet start the process of ‘converting’ to organic farming. There are rules for what that means—what an organic farmer can do and what is forbidden—rules that come both from public or government organizations and from private organizations. In addition, people also talk more and more about other related approaches: biodynamic winemaking, natural wines, sustainable farming. In this book we explain them all.”
Organic farming, biodynamic wine, natural wines, sustainable winemaking: what do all these concepts really mean, and what benefits can they bring to winemakers?
This comprehensive book by two renowned wine experts explains the rules, the do’s and don’ts of organic, biodynamic and natural wine production, both outside in the vineyard and in the wine cellar. It sets out clearly what a winemaker is allowed to do, including processes, additives and chemicals, and looks at the potential long-term benefits of going organic or biodynamic.
This is an invaluable handbook for all winegrowers and winemakers who are considering turning to a more sustainable form of winemaking.
Winner of the “Best Wine Book for Professionals 2012” in Sweden and the “World’s Best Drinks (wine) Education Book,” runner-up 2012.
C O N T E N T S:
1. Organic Wine-growing—An Overview
2. Farming Today
3. History in Brief
4. How Widespread Is Organic Wine-growing?
5. Who Goes Organic?
6. Organic Wind-growing
7. Pests and Diseases
8. Pest Control by Natural Means
9. I Want to Go Organic—How Is It Done?
10. Biodynamic Wine Production
11. Private Labelling and Control
12. The Work inside the Celler
14. Sustainable Wine-growing
15. Vins nature—Natural Wines
16. The Environmental Big Picture
1. Recommended “Natural Wine” Producers
2. A Selection of Favorite Organic and Biodynamic Wine Producers
About the Author
Britt Karlsson and Per Karlsson are respected wine journalists from Sweden. They live in Paris, from where they run their company BKWine. Each year they visit more than 200 wineries around the world, as well as running wine tastings, seminars, and courses. In 2011, Britt Karlsson was named Wine Personality of the Year by the world’s biggest wine tasting association, Munskänkarna.
Per Karlsson and Britt Karlsson are respected wine journalists from Sweden. They live in Paris, from where they run their company BKWine. Each year they visit more than 200 wineries around the world, as well as running wine tastings, seminars, and courses.