Within Germany’s 102,000 hectares of vineyards a mere handful are certified organic and 50 hectares of those are in the hands of the delightful Alex Pfluger. Alex only took over the reins of the family estate in 2010 following his studies at Geisenheim and spells in Burgundy, California and Australia, but he has already expanded production significantly and his commitment both to quality and environmental sensitivity has seen his reputation spread across the planet.
It would be easy to dismiss biodynamics as some sort of quasi-astrological mumbo jumbo with all the talk of “following the phases of the moon” and subordinating to planetary forces, but that would be to ignore the evidence that thousands of growers across the world provide through ranges of wines that consistently rate amongst the best in their class. Much of the philosophy is pretty straightforward and understandable stuff – encouraging biodiversity, eschewing the use of chemicals and maintaining low yields, but added to that, Alex is providing “bed and board” to a range of local fauna through the construction of a “bug hotel.”
It’s probably best if I leave the explanation to him….Alex Pfluger explains
More updates from Chris- now into the 5th day of the trip, but actually only the third in South America- having lost the 2 days in Chile, it's time to head to Argentina and finally a chance to acquire more socks...
Whilst his fear of flying was causing Michael, the young Armagh medic sat next to me on the plane over the Andes to come out in a cold sweat, I couldn’t help but drink in the most astonishing views during one of the shortest but most spectacular flights in the world
A delayed Day 2 blog from Chris's South America trip, which technically is Day 1 as they've only just arrived in Chile...
Sunday morning and the Insignificant Seven are in somewhat better spirits. Our unscheduled 36 hours in Madrid provided ample opportunity to