In February 2010, Raymond Vineyards began implementing organic and Biodynamic® farming methods in pursuit of achieving certification for its 90 acre estate vineyards in Rutherford and St. Helena. Organic and Biodynamic farming are hallmarks of Boisset family properties worldwide, including DeLoach Vineyards in Sonoma's Russian River Valley.
Vineyard Manager Eric Pooler is overseeing this transition, which involves the use of cover crops, the application of Biodynamic® specific preparations and composts, and the maintenance of biodiversity within the estate vineyard property. Sheep, goats and chickens now make their home in our Theater of Nature and provide some of the compost that nourishes our vineyards.
Rooted in the concept of balance, sustainable viticulture aims to boost environmental quality, enhance grape quality, maintain economic viability and ensure quality of life for all actors within our world.
Organic farming goes further, eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers to foster a greater level of awareness while reducing viticulture's environmental impact.
Biodynamic farming expands on the principles of organic viticulture by embracing a view of the vineyard as single self-regulating, self-sustained entity in harmony with the forces of nature and the celestial rhythms.