Summerhill Pyramid Winery CEO Ezra Cipes admits there are elements of biodynamic farming that sound more like witchcraft than modern agriculture, but he insists you can taste the results in a superior glass of wine.
In the biodynamic process, herbs such as camomile, nettles and dandelions may be stuffed into the skulls or organs of deer or domesticated livestock and buried in the earth to be recovered and used the following spring to add a dose of bacteria to compost, fertilizer or foliar spray. Often their application is synchronized with cosmological events such has the phases of the moon.
“What we are really doing is creating bacterial cultures,” said Ezra, a son of Summerhill owner and founder Stephen Cipes. “With the preparations, it’s a homeopathic dose that you can use to inoculate your compost or spray on your crops.”
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All of this sounds rather odd with notions of witchcraft, pagan ritual, homeopathy and astrology. The obvious question would be how do these superstitious activities work? I’m not buying the citing of one study. The soil may be better for other reasons, not magical mumbo jumbo. This article is chock full of mystical symbols. They go overboard.
It sounds like a perception issue. They simply think the wine tastes better because of the special effort. Certification is a cool gimmick for their product.