In celebration of Earth Day we have pulled together some of our top wineries that produce organic and biodynamic wine. These vineyards are committed to producing quality wines sustainably with respect for the environment.
1. Bolfan Vinski Vrh, Croatia
Not far from Zagreb, Bolfan Vinski Vrh has been in operation for thousands of years, from the Roman times. They follow a biodynamic philosophy for their winemaking and it works - their wines have won countless awards. You can enjoy a guided tour of the estate and learn all about the biodynamic winemaking process with tastings.You can even stay in one of the boutique bedrooms to make the most of the surrounding region, with its thermal spa, museums and castles.
2. Querciabella, Tuscany, Italy
Situated in the Chianti Classico region, the team at Querciabella were one of the pioneers of biodynamic winemaking in Tuscany. The result is that they make hand-crafted, top quality wines that you can enjoy yourself on a tasting visit. They also offer master classes so you can brush up on your organic winemaking knowledge to impress the folks back home!
3. Chateau Pontet-Canet, Bordeaux, France
This fabulous Château in Bordeaux dates back to the 18th century and was classified as Grand Cru Classé from 1855. They have been working biodynamic for many years and the owners, Alfred Tesseron and his family, treat the vineyard as a garden. They let the vines grow naturally without the use of pesticides and the result is a pure and harmonious wine. You can take a private tour of the estate or come along to a free tasting.
4. Sao del Coster, Priorat, Spain
An hour and a half from Barcelona, the Sao del Coster winery is in the heart of the Priorat region in Catalunya. It was started by a group of Swiss friends who had the dream of making wines naturally and sustainably. They have been adapting to biodynamic principles - following the cycles of the moon for work done in the vineyard and the cellar. Find out more about why working in this way is so important to them with a tour of the vineyard and a tasting of three of their top wines.
5. Château Chambert, Cahors, France
Chateau Chambert has been in operation since 1690, making wines for Kings and Popes alike. The castle is set within stunning grounds on the upper plateau of Cahors in South-West France. It is the largest certified organic winery in the region. Their speciality is Malbec, a once-abandoned variety from Bordeaux that is now rising in popularity thanks to Argentina. You can take a guided vineyard tour and even taste some of their wines for free!
6. Barone Pizzini, Lombardy, Italy
The winemakers at Barone Pizzini were early adopters of the organic farming phenomenon. They are committed to natural winemaking on every level, even their winery has been built in an eco-friendly way to respect the environment. They were one of the first companies to put in place a carbon offsetting scheme to monitor their wines’ carbon footprint. Discover the process from start to finish with a tour of the vineyards and the high-tech winery.
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