Biodynamic wines are most often certified by Demeter, an organic certification based in the UK. However, French biodynamic vineyards are also certified by Biodyvin, only vineyards that are farmed entirely biodynamically, or have committed to full conversion after three years, are accepted. The members determined it essential to define the fundamental principles that members must adhere to in order to be able to describe itself as a biodynamic operation. A set of specifications for viticulture and vinification was established and all members must strictly adhere to these criteria. Biodynamic farming is primarily a matter of caring for the soil. The objective is to maintain balance and to create the conditions of harmony to exist between the earth, plants and the envvironment.

Harvest Season in Burgundy, Francehotel barge Grand Victoria tours harvest season in Burgundy, FranceBiodynamic farming employ rules on growing and vinification, which are stricter than organic. The limited use of copper sulfate per hectare and the requirement for natural yeasts for fermentation are a couple of examples which differentiate biodynamic from organic wines. The homeopathic preparations used on the compost and on the vines are vital, and the vineyard must seek to be self-sustaining with minimal external inputs. The earth’s influence on the growing season, vineyard, and winery operations is also a consideration.

Some vineyards using biodynamic methods in totality or part of the vineyard are not necessarily biodynamically certified, which is a personal choice. There are also vineyards using or trialing, biodynamic methods who may just use EU organic certification. But only a limited proportion of certified organic producers can be considered fully biodynamic.

Biodynamic wines versus organic wines being better is debatable and comes down to personal taste. Many advocates of biodynamism think that the wine is clearer/brighter fruit and stronger terroir character. The vines and vineyards are healthier, but as for the final bottled wine, it will come down to the skills of the winemaker and vinification methods used.

On barge cruises in France, guests experience an array of different fine French wine. On board the luxury barge Grand Victoria guests delve into Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. We focus on great flavors and experiences featuring each meal with pairings of fine French wine by offering an array of Village, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru classifications. Wine tasting is a wonderful way learn about the diversity of Burgundy wines and uncover the notes to your favorite appellation. Your journey is only just beginning cruising with the Grand Victoria!