You'll be backing biodynamics after trying these delicious wines. A brilliant selection showing the wide variety of biodynamic wines being produced. There's a Gruner Veltliner and Pinot Noir from Meinkland in Austria - a textbook example of how a biodynamic estate should be run. There's a white and red from the Orsogna Winery in Italy - a Malvasia and a Primitivo. There's another Italian white, a Verdicchio from the Marche region. The final bottle is the exquisite Chateau Couronneau Bordeaux - a lush, 100% Merlot red wine. What are biodynamic wines? Interest in this holistic system of agriculture has never been higher. It goes further than organics with the aim being to enhance the life in the soil, the health of the vine, and ultimately be a self-sufficient, 'closed-gate' farm. This is achieved by using specially activated composts and sprays, which are made from farm-derived manure to which minerals and plant extracts (e.g. nettle, chamomile, dandelion, valerian, silica etc.) are added. These applications along with most other vineyard practices are carried out at certain times and on particular days, predetermined by what is happening in the outer cosmos (moon and planets). To many, it all sounds very wacky, but ultimately it's about respect for the environment and working with nature's own rhythms, in order to produce top quality wines which are authentic, individual and deliciously interesting.