Join us as Ian Blackburn hosts a special night of sipping and swirling some of Château Maris' biodynamic & organic wines!
Château Maris is the first European vineyard to obtain B Corporation® certification, a label recognized by the UN and the European Commission. B Corporation® certification promotes companies that transform their business into a virtuous force for good: good for workers, good for communities, and good for the environment.
Our goal has always been to produce quality wines by adopting practices that respect not only nature, but also the men and women with whom we work.
We are committed to inspiring other wineries and companies to adopt sustainable agricultural practices and socially responsible corporate policies.
For more than 20 years, we have been the architects of sustainable viticulture that takes care of the life around us and places Nature in the hearts of Man and Man at the heart of Nature.
We firmly believe it is possible to produce quality wines while respecting the vine. Today, we are happy to preserve the beauty and richness of our land, out of respect for it, for our work, for our customers, and for our children. Through our high standards, we produce sustainable wines, which are as good as they are attractive and organic.
ROBERT EDEN, A PASSIONATE WINEMAKER
After having travelled throughout the most beautiful wine-growing regions in the world, working with many renowned oenologists, Robert Eden fell under the spell of La Livinière and moved to Château Maris in 1997. With a desire to produce high-quality wines that respect the environment, he implemented an organic and biodynamic approach from the outset. A committed winegrower and world-renowned specialist in biodynamics, he promotes the benefits of this practice throughout the sector, thus inspiring global environmental change.
KEVIN PARKER, VEHEMENT ADVOCATE OF A GLOBAL SHIFT TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY
Kevin Parker is the co-owner of Château Maris. Alongside Robert Eden, he guarantees the longevity of the Château’s philosophy. Now Managing Partner of SICM (Sustainable Insight Capital Management) in New York and previously a member of Deutsche Bank’s board of directors, he argues that the science of climate change is irrefutable.
Organic wine is made without using prohibited substances or genetic engineering. Before wine can be sold as organic, both the growing of the grapes and their conversion to the wine must be certified. This includes making sure grapes are grown without synthetic fertilizers and in a manner that protects the environment and preserves the soil. Other agricultural ingredients that go into the wine, such as yeast, also have to be certified organic.
Any non-agricultural ingredients must be specifically allowed on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances and can’t exceed 5% of the total product. And, while wine naturally produces some sulfur dioxide (sulfites), they can’t be added to organic wine. Sulfites are commonly added to wines to stop the fermentation process or preserve the flavor profile.
Wines that are sold as “made with organic grapes” have different requirements than organic wine. When a wine is labeled as being made with organic grapes, 100% of those grapes used must be certified organic. Yeast and any other agricultural ingredients aren’t required to be organic but have to be produced without excluded methods (like genetic engineering). As for non-agricultural ingredients, these have to be specifically allowed on the National List. Finally, sulfites may be added to wines that carry the “made with organic grapes” label—up to 100 parts per million.
"Through biodynamics, we can preserve the natural environment for future generations." - ROBERT EDEN
Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition. It is a holistic practice where all things are considered living interrelated systems – animals, plants, and the solar system. Biodynamic practices create healthier plants and heal the earth by replenishing the soil and adding vitality to the plants and soil.
Biodynamic farming methods enliven the soil through careful observation of nature’s rhythms. The main difference between organic and biodynamic is that biodynamic farming uses different principles that add vitality to the plant, soil and/or livestock, whereas traditional farming typically deteriorates the soil. Biodynamic agriculture uses specifically prepared preparations made from minerals and herbs – very similar to homeopathy. These preparations are used to enhance the compost applied to the fields and intensify the sunlight permeated into the plant.
Biodynamic agriculture also incorporates astrological influences. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of biodynamics, believed that much like the moon affects the tides, so does it affect the growing phases of planting and harvesting. Complex stellar calendars chart the influences of the moon and other planets for gardeners and farmers to follow.
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