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Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking

Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture

October 2014
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    21st October 2014
  • ISBN 9781782501138
  • Language English
  • Pages 280 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

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'ts 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 handbook for all winegrowers and winemakers who are considering turning to a more sustainable form of winemaking.

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 like a really detailed glossary of what additives are allowed in wine, or natural means of controlling vineyard pests, make for really interesting reading for both winemakers and wine lovers alike.” —Tom Cannavan,

“This is a sound overview of the arguments for and against biodynamic, organic and natural winemaking...compiled into a glossy presentation with plenty of relevant photography.” —Paul O’Doherty,

“As environmental issues and sustainability becomes increasingly a concern for the consumer this book gives the reader the facts about all these wine growing and winemaking trends, methods and labels.... 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

“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, but I was especially interested in the biodynamics section. 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.” —Mike Veseth, 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—be it wine or food, or anything consumable.... This is definitely 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

C O N T E N T S:


1. Organic Wine-growing—An Overview
2. Farming Today
3. History in Brief
4. How Widespread Is Organic Wine-growing?
5. Who Goes Organic?
6. Organic Wind-growing
7. Pests and Diseases
8. Pest Control by Natural Means
9. I Want to Go Organic—How Is It Done?
10. Biodynamic Wine Production
11. Private Labelling and Control
12. The Work inside the Celler
13. Additives
14. Sustainable Wine-growing
15. Vins nature—Natural Wines
16. The Environmental Big Picture

1. Recommended “Natural Wine” Producers
2. A Selection of Favorite Organic and Biodynamic Wine Producers


Britt Karlsson

Britt Karlsson and Per Karlsson are respected wine journalists from Sweden. They live in Paris, from where they run their company BKWine. Each year they visit more than 200 wineries around the world, as well as running wine tastings, seminars, and courses. In 2011, Britt Karlsson was named Wine Personality of the Year by the world's biggest wine tasting association, Munskänkarna.

Per Karlsson

Per Karlsson and Britt Karlsson are respected wine journalists from Sweden. They live in Paris, from where they run their company BKWine. Each year they visit more than 200 wineries around the world, as well as running wine tastings, seminars, and courses.