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November 8, 2007 | Wine Industry Trends | WineDirect Admin

Green living does in fact relate to wine - that’s right biodynamics

Good friends of mine recently founded an exciting company - Low Impact Living (LIL). They want to help you lower the environmental impact of your home and your daily life. To do that, they help you find the best green products, practices and service providers to help you achieve your environmental goals. And they will also help you understand the environmental benefits and economic trade-offs of your choices. Their primary goal is to make the path from inspiration to implementation as short and as smooth as possible. Only by taking action will we collectively reduce the damage to our planet and ecosystems.

With that said, they are constantly searching for great green products and services to bring to their customers. With the holiday season upon us, I asked if they would be interested in featuring some “green” wineries in their holiday guide. Indeed they would! What a natural fit - wineries practicing biodynamic agriculture. For those of you not in the know, and I did need to look up the details on wikipedia, this is a method of organic farming that treats farms as unified and individual organisms emphasizing balancing the holistic development and interrelationship of the soil, plants, animals as a closed, self-nourishing system. Biodynamic farming includes organic agriculture’s emphasis on manures and composts and exclusion of the use of artificial chemicals on soils and plants.

I am pleased to say that several of our clients are exploring or are engaging in biodynamic programs: Medlock Ames, Chumeia, McFadden, Gryphon, Amity, Barra, Matthiasson, and Girasole to name a few. If you are a “green winery” by all means let us know and we will connect you with our friends at Low Impact Living. Please email Rachel.Reed@inertiabev.com to learn about how to work with LIL. And, of course, if you are striving to be green, please check out their informative and exciting website and blog @ www.lowimpactliving.com/blog. Eventually, I’d love to see an entire section dedicated to organic wines and foods. We will keep you posted on progress there.

Cheers,

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