At Pull The Cork we have a wide range of wines, that each in their own way is a result of sustainable wine production in some form. The winemaker will have his own ideas on how to produce the best possible wine from his piece of land using all the methods available.
To sell the wine, it has to be recognisably labelled and categorized. The best way is to get certified, getting a piece of paper by an official authority that confirms all methods used are 100% sustainable. However, this is an elaborate process over multiple vintages, many reviews and is highly expensive. Especially when one considers that sustainable wines in most cases are produced by small family wineries. But lately, also larger producers are paying more attention to their footprint too.
For each of the many steps that involve winemaking, there is a conscious consideration to make that involves sustainability. Location, aspect, climate, production volume, price, grape variety, disease, availability of water, etcetera, it simply cannot be expected that the winemaker can make a 100% guaranteed sustainable decision and still come up with a wine that is similar to the norm of an outstanding wine. There are compromises, and this is why there are so many sustainability variations in wine.
If we have a look at the top tier of sustainability in winemaking, then we are looking at Biodynamic practices. Following the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, the winemaker will have a so-called closed-loop agricultural approach. Taking everything into account, what nature has to offer and balancing these so that all elements are working together and produce the best wine the terroir can produce. This includes; working and fertilizing the land by animals, creating biodiversity and introducing plants and insects to battle disease and pests, applying homeopathic methods to the soil, plants and animals to increase their immune system and a healthy winemaking process in relation to the interplay of the cosmos and earthy influences such as El Nino, global warming and others.
Sounds pretty extreme to most of us city dwellers, but we have some rather tasty examples of Biodynamic wines in our range. Take a look at Rosso di Baal 2016 (Italy £15.00), Mein Klang Pinot Noir 2016 (Austria £15.00) or Feherburgundi 2015 (Austria £16.90)