This site was help consumers and the wine industry learn more about biodynamic wine and why this unique wine category should be on the top of your wine consideration list.
Whether you're looking for daily drinkers or coveted collectible bottles, biodynamic producers make wines to please your palate.
Why? Because no other category has consistently produced the world's best wines. (Examples: Chateau Palmer in Bordeaux, Chapoutier in the Rhone, and Domaine de Romanée Conti in Burgundy.)
• CLIMATE CHANGE
And because—thank you, Greta—climate change.
Biodynamic wine grape growing has been shown to promote higher biodiversity (in the soil microorganisms that give wine flavor) and to return the most carbon to the soil.
• PESTICIDE RESIDUES IN WINE
But most of all, if you want to drink well, you'll want to avoid the toxic herbicides (Roundup, etc.) sprayed on vines. And yes, it does end up in the wine.
We now have high tech mass spectrometry that shows us that conventional and sustainable wines have as much as 500-1000% more pesticide residues in them
compared to organic or biodynamically grown win. The latest science shows us these herbicides are are linked to cancer and liver diseases.
And then there's the fungicides: bee and bird toxins, neurotoxins and more. They're in the wine, too. But only in the conventional and "sustainable" wines. You can give them the boot.
• SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Aside from being "better for me," biodynamic wineries also tilt toward "better for we," taking a leading role in corporate social responsibility.
Just as LEED certification represents the high bar in eco-friendly buildings, B Corp certification is a business responsibility standard that sets the pace in business as a power for ethical and social good.
Out of 10,043 wineries in the U.S., five are certified B Corporations. Four—or 80 percent—of the U.S. B Corp wineries are...biodynamic.
THE GOOD NEWS: YOU'VE GOT THE POWER—AND (NOW) THE TOOLS
We created this site to help you navigate the already confusing world of wine and perhaps to simplify your green life. Or at least course correct it.
With the information on this website, you can choose wine —with high scores and extraordinary taste—that aligns with your ever green-ing, happy, healthy wine loving lifestyle. As we say on the home page, these are "wines with higher standards."
You'll find ALL the wines and wineries with certified biodynamic wines and wineries in the U.S. here—and nowhere else.
And here, you'll find actual facts about them all, too—no more fake news clickbait about planting by the moon. It's time put the "woowoo" biodynamic vintner days behind us and recognize that biodynamic farming practices are based on sound, traditional farming —going back at least as far as ancient Rome—centered on organic and regenerative ecological balance.
All of the 55+ U.S. producers meet high, internationally recognized organic and regenerative standards. Written in 1928, these standards are protected by an international nonprofit, Demeter, that operates in 50 countries .
The 55+ Demeter USA certified biodynamic vineyards are all inspected annually by boots on the ground inspectors—with soil test and shovel in hand. No U.S. president can downgrade these standards.
BIODYNAMIC WINES & VINES (BD.WINE) IS YOUR "DRINK WELL," HEALTHY WINE TOOLKIT
Help is here to guide you to wines from the healthiest organic and regenerative vineyards.
We've put together all the content you need to learn about, visit, choose, find and buy healthy wine from biodynamic vines.
• 325+ WINES FROM BIODYNAMIC VINES ($14-550)
• Find something wonderful to drink from the comprehensive list of all the wines from Demeter certified biodynamic vineyards in the U.S.
• ESSENTIALS: TOP 100 EVERYDAY WINES (Under $25) YOU CAN FIND & BUY
Looking for affordable biodynamic wines? We've got the THE list for you. The Top 100 Under $25 list includes both U.S. wines and imports.
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• A BETTER ME AND A BETTER WE
You'll enjoy healthier wines and join a growing number of wine lovers who have discovered these wines for quality and taste and, in some cases, value.
And perhaps your newly deepening appreciation for biodynamic wine can send a signal to the marketplace that consumers love wine more when it comes from healthier, more resilient vines—a win for a healthier me and a healthier we.
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Biodynamic Wines & Vines is written and published by Pam Strayer, a wine writer focused exclusively on organic and biodynamic wines.
Pam founded her publishing and consulting company, Wine Country Geographic, in 2010 to create guides, apps and websites to help consumers and professionals learn about fine wines from organic and biodynamic producers. Wine Country Geographic does not accept winery advertising or sponsorships, relying solely on revenue from readers.
Pam writes on organic and biodynamic topics for wine industry publications including Beverage Media, Wine Enthusiast, and Wines & Vines. She writes on other digital marketing topics for Wine Business, the leading magazine for the wine industry.
On the consumer front, Pam is senior editor for Slow Wine Guide 2020 in California. She visited and wrote about 60 California wineries (about quarter of the 2020 listings), adding dozens of organic and biodynamic producers to Slow Food's U.S wine coverage. Many of the wineries qualified as Snails, Slow Food's highest award for regenerative practices and respect for the land.
A former editor and journalist, Pam also reported on the science and scientists featured in the recent Roundup trials in federal district court, writing for Civil Eats and Public Radio International.
Pam has lectured on organic and biodynamic wine topics in invited talks for local environmental groups in Napa and Sonoma, moderated Demeter USA panels on biodynamic wine at Healdsburg SHED and at Maysara in Oregon, and lectured for Women of the Vine & Spirits as well as for classes at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute.
Pam earned a certificate in wine studies at U.C. Berkeley in 2011 and went on to study wine at U.C. Davis and the North American Sommelier Association.
Previously, she was the health news executive who launched the successful Healthcentral.com dotcom with Dr. Dean Edell in 1997 and DNA.com in 1999.
As editor in chief at Healthcentral, she worked with medical experts and epidemioloigists from more than 100 leading institutions.
As editor in chief of DNA.com (a company founded by Silicon Valley legend Jim Clark, with DNA discoverer James Watson), she collaborated with leading scientists and health researchers from Harvard, Johns Hopkin, and Stanford to bring cutting edge cancer genetic coverage to millions on WebMD and around the globe.
In 2010, Pam discovered the pesticide use report (PUR) (required in California) and became alarmed by the many toxic chemicals routinely used in vineyards, even in "sustainable" ones.
California requires all commercial pesticide users to report the materials—organic or synthetic chemicals—they apply. It is the only database of its kind in the world and is a unique treasure for health researchers and the public. State health authorities also map the data that is collected.
Pam consulted with Susan Kegley, then chief scientist at Pesticide Action Network, for help in identifying the top "chemicals of concern" used in vineyards—bird and bee toxins, carcinogens, developmental and reproductive toxins, and neurotoxins.
After falling into a Debbie Downer phase, Pam decided to research the producers who don't use these dangerous chemicals, zeroing in on those with certified organic or biodynamic vines. She was surprised to find there was no list of these producers. In her research, she also saw that these producers were overrepresented in top wine rankings—meaning there were even more reasons to seek them out.
In 2013 Pam published her first consumer project—seven apps (no longer available) on organically grown wines of Napa and Sonoma and on biodynamic producers. These were featured in the L.A. Times on Earth Day.
In 2018, Pam worked with Elizabeth Candelario (then president of Demeter USA) to create and launch the first International Biodynamic Wine Conference, The two day conference took place in San Francisco's Presidio with 47 wineries participating from the U.S., Argentina, Chile, France, and Italy.
Pam served as Conference Program Director, bringing together more than 68 speakers from leading estates who served on 31 panels.
It was the largest gathering of biodynamic wine professionals in the world.
The conference was huge leap forward in creating awareness about the importance of these eco friendly wines, not just for health and the environment, but for taste and flavor. Yet the conference was only the beginning.
Pam's post conference insights led to creating Biodynamic Wines & Vines to channel eco-friendly enthusiasm from idea to action—empowering consumers and wine professionals to learn more about biodynamic options and hasten the pace of moving the wine industry' toward truly greener practices.
Here's to the bees and the butterflies, the grasslands and the cows, the soil microbes churning under our feet. To the vines and bacteria and fungi and the abundance of life. To flourishing ecosystems and clean water. To wines made with care, from grapes nurtured with care. Thanks to nature for providing.
"Pam Strayer, the author of Biodynamic Wine Finder, is the country’s foremost authority on organic and biodynamic wines and vines. While I have taken advantage of her know-how for years, I am so excited that she is launching this site for consumers and the wine industry.
This site is must have resource for all wine lovers who are concerned about greenwashing and want to know what wines are produced with certified organic or biodynamic grapes."
-Elizabeth Candelario, regenerative food and wine industry consultant; former president, Demeter USA
"My heartfelt thanks go out to senior editor Pam Strayer, the newest member of our Slow Wine Guide team...
The expansion of coverage for this year’s guide is thanks in great part to Pam, a former environmental and health journalist who now writes passionately and expertly about organic and biodynamic viticulture.
Thanks to her extensive contacts on the ground and her impressive experience tasting wines across the state, our team has managed to nearly double the number of wineries we covered last year.
The energy and commitment that she brings to our work have been an inspiration for me."
-Jeremy Parzen, Coordinating Editor for North America, Slow Wine Guide (part of Slow Food)
"I just wanted to extend my thanks for your presentation on organics and biodynamics.
The depth of information presented was astounding."
-Damien Wilson, Hamel Family Faculty Chair of Wine Business, Sonoma State University, Wine Business Institute