Our beautiful Inkarri Biodynamic wines are getting a makeover, with a new label design that highlights some of the natural wonders of the Biodynamic vineyard and production. Inkarri are Demeter Certified Biodynamic wines, and follow the age-old guidelines of Biodynamic agriculture and production.
There are three important flowers used in Biodynamic “preparations” – the compost formulations that are applied either topically to the vines or on the soil. All are planted as cover crops between the rows in the vineyard in Agrelo, where the winery is located. The vineyard is a living organism, and each plant provides useful benefits to the eco-system, exactly as it would in the human body. The flowers are utilized for the preparations and the plants are left on the soil for compost when they die for the season.
Biodynamic Flower Power
From left to right on the new Inkarri label we find:
Valeriana / Valerian – known for its all-around palliative benefits, the Valerian plant has a relationship with light and warmth and brings these properties into the natural system. It stimulates micro-life to make valuable phosphorous available to the vines. Phosphorus creates greater photosynthesis in plants, generating increased chlorophyll that gives the vines vibrant green and healthy leaves.
Manzanilla / Chamomile – Chamomile has been ingested by humans for centuries to calm and de-stress the body and soul. In the vineyard, Chamomile reduces ammonia in the soil, breaks down organic matter to stabilize nitrogen and increases calcium to create a rich stable humus that enhances the health of the soil.
Milenrama / Yarrow – In humans, yarrow stimulates the glands within the skin as well as the functions of the kidneys and the bladder. Just as the kidneys and bladder serve to purify the body, Yarrow works in the vineyard to assist the ecological activities of purification of the soil. It helps to combine and make use of natural sulphur with other elements such as zinc and copper found in the soil.
There are two kind of Biodynamic preparations used in growing grapes for Biodynamic wine:
– Spray preparations (500 and 501): These are the two preparations that are created with a concentrated composted manure, buried in a cow horn. These are applied as potentiated liquid sprays to bring stable humus, improved soil structure, better water retention, more earthworms and overall healing, vitality, and sensitivity to the vineyard.
– Compost preparations: Biodynamic compost is enhanced and enlivened through the use of six preparations made from Yarrow, Chamomile, Stinging Nettle, Oak Bark, Dandelion, and Valerian (#502, 503, 504, 505, 506, and 507, respectively). Each of these medicinal herbs is transformed through a unique process that brings it into relationship with the animal kingdom, the earth, and the cycle of the year. Bringing these elements together magnifies their healing qualities, fosters the growth of beneficial bacteria and fungi, and creates powerfully concentrated substances to guide the development of the compost. A small quantity of each preparation is added to the compost pile just after it is built, and again after it is turned. Biodynamic preparations strengthen the quality of the compost by stabilizing nitrogen and other nutrients, multiplying microbial diversity, and bringing more sensitivity to the composting process. Biodynamic compost helps attune the soil to the whole farm organism and wider influences while increasing soil life and stable organic matter. Biodynamic compost also brings more carbon into the vineyards living realm, helping to restore balance to the micro-climate. Healthier soil produces outstanding quality grapes and their resulting wines capture the true essence of the winery’s terroir, creating a “taste of place,” and a delightful glass of wine.
The Inakrri logo is basically the “Ying and Yang” principle adapted to the Inca culture.
The Incas believed in the fundamental balanced of the universe. In their vision everything was divided in four parts (four elements, four totemic animals, four seasons, four directions, etc.).
The Inkarri logo encompasses the totality of the universe with the four fundamental elements, combined together to find their balance point in the center.