If you’re the kind of traveller who enjoys gastronomic adventures and trying out new experiences, allow us to introduce you to the world of sustainable food and conscious consumption to start your 2020 on a right note.
You’ve heard of plant-based, organic food, farm-to-table and nose-to-tail dining; trends that are imperative in an age where people are becoming seemingly more conscious with what they eat. If you’ve tried all that and more, here’s where you should be heading next: Australia’s New South Wales for its few biodynamic wineries.
For the uninitiated, we’ve already covered the differences between natural, organic and biodynamic wines. While natural and organic wines are grown without (or with very minute) interventions of synthetic chemicals and additives, biodynamic winemakers take it one step further by having the entire ecosystem in mind. Biodynamic wine is made with a set of farming practices that oversees the farm as a single entity with each portion of the vineyard contributing to the next — creating a self-sustaining cycle.
Much like organic farming, natural materials, soils and composts are used to maintain a healthy and more environmentally responsible vineyard. Biodynamic farming also seeks sustainability, so these expansive lands of undulating grape vines are continuously better as time goes by.
Taste-wise, biodynamic wines are regulated — so it is as clean as it gets. Without the addition of sulfites (a preservative antioxidant and antibacterial chemical that prolongs the wine’s freshness), those with allergic reactions to wine can safely consume them without worries. So you can drink to your heart’s content while sampling some of New South Wales’ best produce.
Rest assured, it will be quite the experience to witness how these wines are made — each bottle is strictly patented to a fix calendar, from planting to harvesting. So if you’re there at the right time, you’ll be able to go through the many step-by-step methods in creating biodynamic wine while tasting them along the way.
So if you’re making your way to the ‘Land Down Under’ anytime soon, why not make a road trip to some of these biodynamic vineyards to increase your palate and appreciation for wines.