"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't's 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 introduction to sustainable winemaking for all wine professionals and enthusiasts.
Winner of the 'Best Wine Book for Professionals 2012' in Sweden and the 'World's Best Drinks (wine) Education Book', runner-up, 2012.
'Perfect for people who want to learn about organic and biodynamic wines, and their ultra-orthodox relatives, natural wines... I really enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to every wine lover who wants to understand what is going on in the vineyard.'
– Robert Anding, Wine-Searcher
'Full of quite absorbing detail that made it interesting for me to dip in and out of as chapters caught my attention... fascinating chapters... make for really interesting reading for both winemakers and wine lovers alike.'
– Tom Cannavan, Wine-Pages.com
'This is a sound overview of the arguments for and against biodynamic, organic and natural winemaking.'
– Paul O'Doherty, JancisRobinson.com
'In contrast to many other books on this subject the authors do not try to convince the reader these methods are the salvation for viticulture. Instead, the authors explain the background and the facts and go through the rules and regulations for what organic wine is so that the reader, the wine consumer, then can make informed personal choices.'
– Wijn Wijs
'An eminent book on organic viticulture and winemaking.'
'The book is clearly written and organized and lavishly illustrated with color photos that are both beautiful and informative. I learned something new in every chapter... The combination of thorough research and personal interviews with growers and winemakers made this material come alive for me... This is a fine book and worth your attention.'
– The Wine Economist
'This well illustrated book about different styles of wines is timely, as millions of environmentally responsible consumers are starting to look for products les manipulated during production... a very valuable book for every wine enthusiast, regular wine drinker and winemakers. Highly recommended.'
– Hrayr Berberoglu, Winesworld's magazine
'In short, there has not previously been such a thorough and clearly written book on this subject. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get an understanding of organic and sustainable wine production and what the steps are in that direction.'
–John Bindels, chief editor national website for wine consumers Wijnwijs.eu