Alsace is leader in Europe on biodynamics (and organic?)

Alsace is the number one biodynamic wine region in Europe. 880 hectares are certified biodynamic. This means that an impressive 5.6% of all Alsace vineyards are biodynamic, a record in Europe. Around 70 growers are certified either with the international certification association Demeter or the French association Biodyvin. All of these producers are also organically certified, which is a requirement both with Demeter and with Biodyvin.

2550 hectares are certified organic in Alsace. This is 16.5% of the Alsace vineyards, also a high figure compared to most other wine regions in Europe.

There are many positive aspects about biodynamic viticulture (as well as some odd ones), not least the fact that the biodynamic wine producers use much less copper spray compared to most organic growers. The limit for biodynamic growers is set at only 3 kilograms of copper per hectare and year, which is half of what is currently allowed in the organic rules.

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Cow horn and herbs used in biodynamic wine making

Cow horn and herbs used in biodynamic wine making, copyright BKWine Photography

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