At Ex Cellar we are very focused on forming relationships with wine makers and vineyard owners who do their best to make wine in a sustainable way. Respecting the environment around them, the soil, and the plants we believe ensures better wine is made......better in taste and durability, and wine that is better and healthier for you, our customers.
However, we do recognise that wine making is farming, and so reliant on the climate...rain, sun, snow, hail, frost, drought and all that. Some wine makers have more money to spend on this, others are more determined. Not everyone can reach the dizzy heights of making good natural wine.
However, we have brought together a selection of wines, winemakers, wine estates, who are practising some form of sustainable wine making. Here we group into 3 sections....Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic.
For us, sustainable focuses on making wine in as natural way as possible. Good vineyard husbandry, including the low use of non organic pesticides, good pruning techniques to reduce disease and rot, perhaps making wine organically 90% of the time, but not going to whole hog to full certification. This is increasingly common, and wine makers can make some really great wines this way.
Organic Farming is a farming method which aims at cultivating the land and raising crops in such a way that the soil is kept alive and in good health by use of organic wastes (crop, animal and farm wastes, aquatic wastes) and other biological materials.Organic farming is done to release nutrients to the crops for increased sustainable production in an eco-friendly and pollution-free environment. It aims to produce crop with a high nutritional value.
Whereas other forms of sustainable agriculture are primarily concerned with producing food sustainably, biodynamic farming aspires to be transformative and seeks to maximize health and vitality. It thus constantly strives to embrace all life's processes, to understand them better, and to improve the way we farm through an ongoing dialogue with Nature. For biodynamics, farming is not a means to maximum production, but an ongoing dialogue with Nature. We consider the land we steward to be an ecological web of biodiversity; our role is to nurture this and help it reach its full potential, whilst balancing the needs of farming and growing with those of the natural world.