Biodynamic Grapegrowing and Winemaking Short Course

Join committed practitioners and educators for a full day seminar and tasting created especially for those in the wine community interested in learning more about Biodynamic farming and winemaking. Practical information on the certification process will be shared, and myths and misinformation will be clarified. Attendees will learn how this high level sustainable farming practice contributes to grape and wine quality.


The Program:

The Short Course begins with an overview of the emerging marketplace interest in Biodynamic agriculture and products, and proceeds through a series of focused conversations among veteran vintners and viticulture experts on topics of fundamental importance for American wine: What defines a BD farm in concept? What practices make up a BD winegrowing system? What effect does it have on grape vines and wine? Is there any science to back it up? What are the similarities and differences between NOP organic and Demeter Biodynamic? What do BD winemakers have to say? The speaker list includes garden curator Jeff Dawson, Grgich Hills’ Ivo Jeramz and Dave Bos, and industry veterans Paul Dolan and Mike Benziger.

Throughout the day, there will be an open conversation to include attendee questions and comments. A delicious lunch will be served mid-way through the program, and at day’s end all guests will be invited to try some of the wines created and shared by the Short Course speakers.

The Logistics:

BD Winegrowing Short Course will take place on Thursday December 2 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at the historic Rutherford Grange at 8550 St. Helena Highway in Rutherford CA. Free parking is available. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets for $75 through November 17, at which time the ticket price will increase to $85. For more information contact Elizabeth Candelario at 707-529-4412 or

About the Rutherford Grange

Grange Halls were an integral part of rural life across the country after the civil war. Originally created for farming families as community centers, the Granges also banded together as an affiliation to advocate and advance farmer interests. The Rutherford Grange has served as a meeting place within Napa Valley since 1914, and hosted many public events including socials, dances and even meal service for migrant farm workers. Like many Granges across California, the Rutherford Grange suffered from an aging and dwindling membership, but has recently been given new life by fresh leadership and a renewed sense of purpose. Plans include fixing up the Grange Hall and hosting a broad range of community events.

About Demeter USA

Demeter USA is a non-profit American chapter of Demeter International, the world’s only certifier of Biodynamic® farms and products. Biodynamic agriculture goes beyond organic, envisioning the farm as a self-contained and self-sustaining organism. In an effort to keep the farm, the farmer, the consumer, and the earth healthy, farmers avoid chemical pesticides and fertilizers, utilize compost and cover crops, and set aside a minimum of 10% of their total acreage for biodiversity. The entire farm, versus a particular crop, must be certified, and farms are inspected annually. In order for a product to bear the Demeter logo it must be made with certified Biodynamic ingredients and meet strict processing standards to ensure the purest possible product.


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