The wines of Elisabetta Foradori hail from the Dolomites, Northern Italy and are often described as amoung the most elegant, refined, and challenging wines that retain a sense of fun, so intrinsic to making a wine work!
Elisabetta took on the family estate in 1985, apparently more out of a sense of duty than desire follwing the death of her father, but very quickly developed a love for her land, vines and winemaking. The estate is particularly well known for its production of an indigenous grape variety named Teroldego – so so elegant and yet remaining challenging in all the right places! Tradition is certainly the prevailing ethos here, with the land and vines being at the core of every consideration however, Elisabetta is also one for experimentation, having started using amphorae since about a decade ago. The estate has been managed biodynamically since the early 2000s, a decision that Elisabetta claims has only increased the quality of the wines and, just as importantly, her interaction with them.
She applies the biodinamic system of Rudolf Stainer:
Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming originally developed by Rudolf Steiner that employs what proponents describe as “aholistic understanding of agricultural processes”.:145 One of the firstsustainable agriculture movements, it treats soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock care as ecologically interrelated tasks, emphasizingspiritual and mystical perspectives. Proponents of biodynamic agriculture, including Steiner, have characterized it as “spiritual science” as part of the larger anthroposophy movement.
Biodynamics has much in common with other organic approaches – it emphasizes the use of manures and composts and excludes the use of artificial chemicals on soil and plants. Methods unique to the biodynamic approach include its treatment of animals, crops, and soil as a single system; an emphasis from its beginnings on local production and distribution systems; its use of traditional and development of new local breeds and varieties; and the use of anastrological sowing and planting calendar. Biodynamic agriculture uses various herbal and mineral additives for compost additives and field sprays; these are sometimes prepared by controversial methods, such as burying ground quartz stuffed into the horn of a cow, which are said to harvest “cosmic forces in the soil”, that are more akin to sympathetic magic than agronomy.
As of 2011 biodynamic techniques were used on 142,482 hectares in 47 countries. Germany accounts for 45% of the global total; the remainder average 1750 ha per country. Biodynamic methods of cultivating grapevines have been taken up by several notable vineyards. There are certification agencies for biodynamic products, most of which are members of the international biodynamics standards group Demeter International.
No difference in beneficial outcomes has been scientifically established between certified biodynamic agricultural techniques and similar organic and integrated farming practices. Critics have characterized biodynamic agriculture aspseudoscience on the basis of a lack of strong evidence for its efficacy and skepticism about aspects criticized as beingmagical thinking.
Elisabetta Foradori from her website:
“We began using biodynamic preparations in 2002, after a long time of reflection and comparison with our work in the past. Biodynamic agriculture is an agronomic intervention “solar” means any practice in the country tends to lead the forces of the sun in vital processes of the soil and the plant. The planetary system is a real living being, in which the spheres of action of the individual planets penetrate the sunlight that floods the earth. use of biodynamic preparations catalyzes these forces. We have not departed from the spirit of knowledge and of modern research, but we have tried to bring back the man with his spirituality in science, considering not only the materialistic aspect of nature, but by addressing the deep understanding of life processes. Modern man has forgotten that it is agriculture that revolve around almost all human activities. Rudolf Steiner and biodynamic agriculture.”
Further more her sensitivity and intelligence articulates the following:
“We taste the wine and we are able to perceive the essence and energy. Let’s look at the images of the crystallization sensitive Teroldego, the Nosiola or Manzoni Bianco in their evolution in time and see the abstract of our sensations that materializes in increasingly dense and fine crystals. There are no numbers or data but simply perceptions is so that we seem to be part of the natural cycle, we can combine our knowledge to the intuitive understanding of nature, to be part of its rhythms. We finally put into listening and we understand. Analyze the vitality“
Working with nature refines the ability to hear, shares the spirit and habits of the farmer, leads to a profound understanding of life processes. At the more concrete dimension of doing joins a different dimension that goes away looking materialistic and is enhanced by a more spiritual dimension.then discover a different kind made of macrocosm and microcosm, full of life and expression of multiplicity never dull. This is the nature that invites you to listen to yourself and to consider every gesture agriculture not as an end in itself but a sharing in a complete cycle. A rich agricultural landscape diversity is a great value that must be protected, cared for, and told rebuilt. So we planted hedges around the vines and old varieties of fruit, tried to reintroduce animals, cared for the turf seeding dell’interfilare many different herbs. were multiplied butterflies, insects and birds. While living in an area with intensive agriculture such as Trentino nature has reacted and almost thanked. Rainer Zierock – Axioms of agrarian culture“