Most are familiar with the term "organic" which is seen extensively in grocery stores. The biodynamic farming approach is from the 1920s and shares some similarities with organic, such as sustainable development and the lack of chemical use; however, biodynamics' holistic approach dictates that all planting and harvesting is done according to the biodynamic calendar, which has roots in ancient agricultural practices.
Many top producers have been using organic/biodynamic farming practices for years but have not pursued certification. Would you be surprised to learn that biodynamic techniques are used to create Louis Roederer's iconic Cristal Champagne?
Natural wine, a more loosely-defined term, describes wines that use indigenous yeasts, natural fertilizers, and only minimal filtration/fining. As a result, the wine may appear a bit cloudy with sediment and can produce funky aromas. As of 2018, there is no official certifying body that regulates (or even defines) what can be called "natural wine." John Clerides, the owner of Marquis Wine Cellars once said: "There are no ‘all-natural’ wines that are good, quite frankly some of them are downright awful. Trust us, we kiss the pigs so you don’t have to."
As a result, the majority of our selection is sustainable, biodynamic/organic, with some carefully-selected naturals.