Forbes: Talking Natural, Biodynamic Wine With Santa Barbara Pioneer Steve Beckmen
Biodynamic farming has been an intrinsic part of Beckmen wines since we started farming this way in 2003. Winemaker Steve Beckmen was inspired by the wines of various French winemakers such as Nicolas Joly in the Loire Valley and the Chapoutier Family in the Rhône Valley, who have been successfully farming with biodynamic methods since 1984 and 1990, respectively.
Steve started biodynamic farming on Block Six, the 17 acres of Syrah grown on the summit of Purisima Mountain Vineyard, and was thrilled with the results. The various compost sprays and lack of chemicals in the vineyard produced a diverse and nutrient-rich soil, with healthier grapevines and extremely high quality fruit. After three years, the program was expanded to the entire 125 acre vineyard.
Jill Barth, Food and Drink contributor for Forbes, recently discussed this philosophy of winegrowing and other natural winemaking practices with Steve.
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