Biodynamic farming can be defined as a holistic, proactive approach to farming that views the farm as a self-sustaining organism. There are differing global perspectives on biodynamic farming, especially the spiritual components, but we know how successful this natural way of farming is here at Beckmen Vineyards.
We started farming our 125 acre Purisima Mountain Vineyard biodynamically in 2003, with our 17 acres of Syrah in Block Six. Walking down our vineyard road, between this Syrah block and other blocks of Grenache and Syrah, it was clear which was the healthier part of our farm. The soil of Block Six changed drastically, retaining more moisture, greater biodiversity, and an increased level of nutrients. The vines grew straight up and the leaves were rich in color, shiny, and healthy. The quality of fruit growing on the vines was exceptional. Why wouldn’t we want our whole farm to look this healthy? It took us three years to expand the biodynamic farming practices to the entire vineyard, and then three more years for us to receive the international Demeter certification in 2009. (As opposed to organic certification, Demeter is the only biodynamic certifying association for the entire world.)
We were honored to be interviewed by Vicki Denig, as she spent time talking with biodynamic farmers across the world in her latest Wine-Searcher article, “Weighing Up the Value of Biodynamic Wine”.