Organic practices, were once the domain of ‘eccentrics’ but today they are embraced by a growing number of wineries around the world. Some ‘bio’ techniques may raise eyebrows, but many winemakers are adamant they have happier, healthier grapes, which translate into more vibrant, expressive wines.
We have selected a few of our very best certified organic and biodynamic wines for you to try in our wine bars by the glass throughout June and July. All are also available to buy online with generous case discounts.
These wines are made by environmentally conscious winemakers who reject the use of chemicals or pesticides. The Seresin wines go one step further taking a holistic, ethical and spiritual approach to their winemaking – the results we hope you agree are a delicious.
Sylvaner 2015 Becker, Alsace, France
A crisp and refreshing dry white from a family that has been making wine since the 1600s.
Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand
Hollywood cinematographer Michael Seresin (Midnight Express, Harry Potter, Gravity) established his biodynamic winery in the early 1990s and now produces some of the finest wines from Marlborough.
Rosé de Léoube 2015/16, Provence, France
A taste of the Côte d’Azur! An award-winning blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre.
Peyronat, Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 2014, France
Full of red cherry, plum and raspberry with a hint of caramel. Predominantly Merlot blended with Cabernet Sauvgnon. The perfect ‘lunchtime’ claret!
Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand
Named after Michael Seresin’s daughter, this is an elegant wine with excellent balance.
What is organic and biodynamic wine? The team from Davy’s Wine Merchants in Greenwich explain…
In a nutshell, Organic wine is made from grapes grown without use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides as well as little or no manipulation using techniques like harsh filtration, or reverse osmosis. Sulphites, used at all stages of winemaking to kill bacteria and protect from oxidation, is allowed, but at levels 30-50% below conventional wines.
Biodynamic (BD) wine making takes things a step further, incorporating homeopathic treatments from natural ingredients. Following the teachings of Rudolph Steiner, the process is organised around the biodynamic calendar; tracking the planetary cycles, constellations of the zodiac as well as the phases of the moon. The moon, after all, controls the tides. Plants rely on water for their phloem (part of the system which transports nutrients) to work properly. Famers have been aware of these effects for thousands of years and BD is to some extent just a natural continuation of this.
It’s often easy to tell organic and biodynamic vineyards from a conventional ones at a glance. Cover crops in between rows of vines suppress weeds, wildflowers and grasses help retain soil moisture and nutrients – benefiting the environment as well as the wine we drink.