Soil, the planet’s skin.

Organic or biodynamic? What is the difference? Regardless of what is written in the various regulations – the organic regulations on wine production were released in February 2012 – the difference in the two methods lies completely in the approach.

ICEA Certificate of Biological Conformity: IT BIO 006 B2072

For biodynamics, summarising into three points:

1) The soil is a genuine breathing, beating and changing “skin”. And, though complex, not just a substrate. Maximum attention is dedicated to multiplying the vital consistency expressed in the humus. In turn, the humus is not a “substance”, it is not synthesised in laboratories. It is a continuous ongoing process in which the mineral element of the earth transforms, “rises” and becomes a third living and swarming entity. The roots and rhizosphere are the main artifices of this transformation.
Looking after the soil - conceived, observed and understood in this way - is one of the key pillars of biodynamics. Every agricultural individuality has its own specific “skin”, its own specific humus. This leads on to the second difference:

2) Biodynamics tends towards Agricultural Individuality. Each farm, each holding, has its own unique story that cannot be reproduced. For this reason all means of production must be compatible with existing procedures at the farm... In more extreme terms: every atom of carbon that circulates at the farm is an asset, a company “doc”.

3) The typical means of production of biodynamics are the preparations. Together they constitute an arsenal, ideally self-produced - see point two - that stimulates, regulates and directs the organic processes of the company. But what is the target? An equilibrium in terms of ecology, the farm and the land.

According to this logic the farmer at a biodynamic farm is much more than simple cultivator. He is the conductor of the symphony created by the living organism that is the farm...