Biodynamic Methods at Maris
Biodynamic Methods at Château Maris
At Maris we put the principles of biodyamics into practice in a number of ways. We work hard to find simple solutions that are simultaneously good for the grapes and good for the environment.
We place a strong emphasis on the naturally occurring lunar and solar cycles and are guided by them to identify the best times for tasks such as ground preparation, sowing, cultivating and, ultimately, grape harvesting.
As fertilizer, we use compost made from local cow and sheep manure plus manure provided by the horses which we used to plow some of the plots. The organic compost is supplemented by crops of barley, bulgur, and mustard that are grown between rows and plowed into the soil in order to avoid the adverse effects of monoculture.
Energy and the elements are important parts of wine growing. We collect rainfall and recycle used water. For pest control, we apply infusions of nettles, chamomile, lavender, other plants, and minerals as deterrents.
Even the building in which we make our wines is a “living, breathing cellar” that conforms to the principles of biodynamics.
We are learning all the time how to perfect our methods and adapt them to the land. It is hard work but we think it is worth it. Organic wines taste significantly superior to ‘conventionally made’ wines and biodynamic methods preserve the natural environment for future generations.