Beckman Vineyards Earns Biodynamic and Organic CertificationsPosted by Organic Wine Journal on Jul 7, 2009 in Press Releases
Beckmen Vineyards is proud to announce that it has achieved both biodynamic and organic certifications for its Purisima Mountain Vineyard located in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley. The culmination of a rigorous certification process through Demeter USA and Stellar Certification Services, these certifications reflect a strict commitment to both organic and biodynamic practices at Purisima Mountain Vineyard dating back to 2006.
In order to evaluate the benefits of biodynamic farming, its effect on the vineyard, and its elevation of wine quality, founders Tom and Steve Beckmen originally began experimenting with biodynamic farming on select blocks beginning in 2002. “Because consistency and quality are so important,” says Steve Beckmen, “we tested these methods before committing the whole vineyard. The results were immediately impressive. The biodynamically farmed vines grew straight up, the leaves were rich in color and healthy and the soils showed increased signs of life with improved structure. More importantly, the quality of both the grapes and wine from the experimental block was the finest we had ever seen.”
Building on these results, 2006 marked Beckmen’s transition to a fully dedicated program of biodynamic farming at Purisima Mountain Vineyard under the guidance of respected biodynamic consultant, Philippe Armenier. As a result, all 125 planted vine acres of Purisima Mountain Vineyard are now certified both biodynamic and organic, with the property’s surrounding 240 unplanted acres acting as a natural buffer zone.
“This certification is an important validation of our continued hard work,” further states Steve Beckmen. “With more and more businesses talking about their environmental commitment, third party certifications help consumers sort through the hype. This said, biodynamics isn’t just about being good stewards of our land, it’s about making great wines. Biodynamics allows us to achieve the purest possible expression of our Purisima Mountain Vineyard terroir, which is at the very heart of our winegrowing philosophy. Since we’ve gone biodynamic, we have produced our best wines ever.”
Founded in 1994, Beckmen Vineyards is a family-run, estate winery that has established a reputation as one of North America’s premier producers of Rhône-varietal wines. The Beckmen Vineyards portfolio includes estate-grown Syrah, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Rosé, Marsanne, and its Cuvée Le Bec and Purisima blends. In addition to its Rhône varietals, Beckmen Vineyards also makes Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon from special vineyard blocks that are ideally suited to these wines.