#WineChat Biodynamics Roundup

The NYC Tweet-up at the Austrian Trade Commission

#WineChat #Biodynamics was a great success last week and we were happy to have so many enthused wine lovers involved in the chat asking questions and deeply engaged in the information.

Special guest Niki Moser of Sepp Moser joined us at a intimate, NYC Tweet-up and was able to answer the tougher questions in the chat, too. Should anyone have any additional questions, though, please do let us know!

As usual, below you’ll find the tweets we outlined for the event. Enjoy!

Facts:

  • Happy to report that today is a #FruitDay for the #Biodynamic calendar #winechat (thanks WhenWine app #FlorisBooks)
  • Busy week for us already! #EarthDay seminar at @terroirny, dinner at @EdiandtheWolf, & party @TheThirdMan in NYC on Monday #WineChat
  • Tonight’s #WineChat tasting order will be Meinklang ($15) à Nikolaihof ($28) à Wimmer-Czerny ($21)  à Sepp Moser ($27)
  • Let’s start off with some facts about #biodynaimcs, #Demeter, & their relation to #Austria #WineChat
  • Over 20% of #Austria’s vineyards are #organic… largest percentage in #Europe #WineChat.
  •  #RudolphSteiner is the “Father” of #biodynamics & varying groups relay his ideas #winechat #biodynamics over 80 yrs ago
  •  #Biodynamic agriculture is based on the way plants, soil, animal, & man work together #WineChat #Steiner
  •  #Steiner believed that the farm can be viewed as an organism in its own right #winechat #biodynamics
  •  #Austria has many recognized groups for #biodynamics, best known are #BioAustria, #Demeter, & #Respekt #WineChat.
  •  #Demeter was formed in 1928 & is oldest #biodynamic org & only worldwide w/ intl standards… #biodynamics is trademarked #winechat
  •  #Demeter was named for the #Greek goddess of fertility #winechat #biodynamics
  •  #Biodyanamic basis is org & sustainable farming #winechat #austria
  •  3 main principles #biodynamics: closed farming circle, cosmic & earth forces together, farm work w/ natural rhythms #winechat
  •  In practice, #biodynamics is ultimately looks to nature for a greater cohesive whole in the fabric, shape, warmth, and rhythm. #winechat
  •  #AustrianDemeter strive to gain valuable energy from their vines & to transit this to wine lovers & connoisseurs #winechat
  •  #Demeter’s #biodynamic method=concrete application w/ preparations involving cosmic constellations, special plants, etc #winechat
  •  The most important animal for #biodynamics is a #cow… most active stomach. Fermented plants are buried in it for fertilization #winechat
  •  #biodynamic preparations w/ cow horn manure imp… cow = energy in the horn + full of manure = 2x energy. #winechat  
  •  Basis of #Demeter wine is the work in the vineyard; work in basement is completion of foundation processes in the vineyard #winechat
  •  For more info on the #cow & #biodynamics here is a great article by @morryswine http://www.morrys.com/2011/03/what-cowhorns-have-to-do-with-biodynamic-winemaking/ #winechat
  •  From #Demeter wines expect 5 major things: health determinants, regionality, integrity, experience, and personality. #winechat
  •  #Demeter approved ferment vessel: steel, stone, porcelain, barrels, amphoras, concrete (food grade), plastic (no storage) #winechat
  •  #Demeter approved additives: Beet sugar, sulfur, bentonite, lime, carbon plant origin, CO2 (bottling), yeasts (sparkling) #winechat
  •  #Soil is key in #Biodynamics. Empowers the vine translating in wines w/ expression of place & winemaker. #winechat
  •  Basic #Biodynamic compost is made up of Yarrow, chamomile, oak bark, dandelion, valerian, stinging nettle #WineChat
  •  #Steiner designated materials in the plant kingdom which held the particular elements in the best for use by the soil. #winechat
  •  #nettle enlivens the earth & stimulates soil health via sulfur, potassium, calcium & iron in #biodynamic vineyards #WineChat
  •  #Yarrow is used for sulfur & potassium #biodynamics #winechat
  •  #chamomile is used to stabilize nitrogen in the soils & stimulate plant growth #biodynamics #winechat
  •  #valerian stimulates compost so that phosphorus is properly used #winechat #biodynamics
  •  #dandelion is used to attract cosmic forces to the soil via Silicon & reaction from potassium. #biodynamics #winechat
  •  #OakBark is used for calcium to combat plant diseases and promote health #biodynamics #winechat
  •  A lot of #Austrian #biodynamic producers have own animals… live biodynamically, use parts of health animals for vineyards #winechat
  •  #biodynamic farming is the only method of cultivation that puts more back into the environment than it takes #winechat

The Wines & the Winemakers:

The NYC Tweet-up at the Austrian Trade Commission

The NYC Tweet-up at the Austrian Trade Commission

Nikolaihof:

  • #NikolaihofWachau featured win #Hefeabzug (sur lie) #Gruner round, complex yellow apple, minerality, spice, wild flowers #winechat
  • #Nikolaihof grown on loam & loess soils and aged in neutral casks #winechat
  • #Nikolaihof is the oldest wine estate in #Austria w/ history back 2000 years #winechat #biodynamics & first biodynamic in Austria
  • #Nikolaihof Nikolas Saahs, “we are so old fashioned, we are almost modern again.” #biodynamics #winechat
  • #Nikolaihof wines are histamine-free (chemicals that cause hangovers) #biodynamics #winechat
  • #Nikoliahof winery is 20 hectares: mineral-rich, steep slopes, sunny primary rock terraces
  • #Fermentation takes place in huge wooden vats #nikolaihof uses no new oak #winechat
  • The #Wachau is 1 of the most famed wine regions in #Austria winemaking dates back to Roman times #winechat
  • #Wachau wines are known for their power and weight & mineraity #winechat

Sepp Moser:

  • #SeppMoser #Gruner #Schnabel hails from the #Kremstal. Spicy nose, apples, fresh minerality
  • #SeppMoser #Gruner loess soils matured in barrels, stayed in fine lees 8 months
  • #SeppMoser #Gruner food pairing suggestions: veal, Asian cuisine, lobster, & crayfish #winechat #biodynamics
  • The #Moser family is one of the oldest in #Austrian winemaking. Famed #LenzMoser for trellising system #winechat
  • #SeppMoser was founded in 1987, today, #NikiMoser, Sepp’s son, is head winemaker #winechat
  • 90% of #SeppMoser vineyards are on steep, south facing terraces w/ loess & conglomerate
  • Most of #seppmoser white wine is aged in stainless steel; reds in oak w/ #mineral intervention #winechat

Wimmer-Czerny

  • #WimmerCzerny #Gruner Fumberg hails from the #Wagram; soils are loess w/ chalk #winechat
  • #WimmerCzerny #Gruner notes of apples, pineapples, minerals, & smoke w/ spicy finish #winehat
  • #WimmerCzerny has 15 hectares in south Danube Valley, production 70k bottles also specializing in #RoterVeltliner #WineChat
  • Winemaker #HansCzerny has made wine since 1987w/ family using minimalist approach #winechat
  • #WimmerCzerny #Gruner Fumberg fermented in stainless steel and racked monthly w/ descending moon #winechat

#Meinklang

  • #Meinklang has vineyards in both #Austria & #Hungary Burgenlandwhite is Neusiedlersee designation #winechat
  • #Meinklang Burgenlandwhite is light, uncomplicated, & refreshing blend of GV, #Welschriesling, & #MuscatOttonel #winechat
  • #Meinklang Burgenlandwhite bottled with some CO2 for refreshing liveliness #winechat
  • #Meinklang winemaker Werner Michlits is a brand ambassador for Concrete Eggs #winechat #biodynamics
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