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6          The Portugal News · 21 Nov 2020                        News

      More than organic wine                                                                                                     N     Paula Martins

      Although, in Silves wine production is common on many farms, it’s in Quinta Rosa that we are able to find a totally

      different concept, where the sun, the moon and the stars influence the entire production through a holistic
      approach: biodynamic agriculture.
                                                                                because the process takes   developed a spiritual science –   property”, said the farmer.
                                                                                time and results will only   based on anthroposophy and   Another example that
                                                                                come in the next harvest.   individuality. According to   Jacobus Honekamp shared
                                                                                For now, Jacob enjoys a   his vision, agriculture is seen   with us is made using the
                                                                                wine with quality certified   as an organism in itself with   stomach of a cow: “We put
                                                                                through the European    everything that is necessary   herbs inside a cow stomach
                                                                                label that distinguishes it   for its sustainability, making it   and then leave the stomach
                                                                                as organic. Next year, the   entirely self-sustainable.  outside for the summer,
                                                                                brand wine Jaap will be   There is a close relationship   when it comes to the winter
                                                                                more than organic wine; it   between the soil, plants,   we then use this product as a
                                                                                will be a harvest resulting   animals and the cycles of   natural fertiliser”
                                                                                from a biodynamic process,   the earth and the cosmos   Another example is the use
                                                                                although in Portugal we   as well as their active   of manure which is stuffed
                                                                                don’t have any certification   forces, indicative of the   into a cow horn for a year
                                                                                that guarantees this yet.  most favourable moments   and buried underground.
                                                                                                        for sowing, planting and   After this period a small
                                                                                What is the biodynamic   harvesting.            amount of this manure
                                                                                agriculture?            Additionally, Biodynamic is   is activated in water and
                                                                                Biodynamic agriculture   a way of preparing ecological   applied to the soil to activate
           acobus Honekamp,    In Quinta Rosa there are   “It is to use all the resources   began when a group of   balances, improving the   organic matter.
           the owner of Quinta   six hectares of trees – three   that we have available on the  farmers in Europe realised   health of soils and plants   This way of farming is
           Rosa farm, heard that   hectares of grapes and   property”, explained Jacobus   that the industrialisation   and increasing the energy   an activity that requires a
       J biodynamic            the rest are other kinds of   Honekamp.          of agriculture led to less   level of food.     lot of work, but Jacobus
                agriculture results   treessuch as carob trees, etc –   This year, unfortunately   healthy soils, less fertile   Some examples...  Honekamp and his wife
      in better tasting wine, so   and the process is the same:   the farmer lost much of   seeds, less nutritious crops,   “When it’s full moon we put   are up to the challenge.
      he accepted the challenge   biodynamic agriculture.   his production due to   and made their own health   some seeds in the ground   They work throughout the
      and, since 2018, he has   It doesn’t just result in an   natural reasons, but he is   more uncertain.  and we find that we have   property so that Jaap wine
      implemented this process   organic process in which   still positive because “we   This is a type of production   faster and stronger growth,   reaches their customers’
      across his entire farm. And   all fertilisers are certified as   still have a lot of bottles   was founded by the Austro-  completely different from   tables in the most natural
      he hopes to see results next   organic and approved by the   of wine from 2019”. These   German philosopher   the normal way, we work   way possible while
      year in his grapes.      institute, it is more than that.   bottles aren’t biodynamic,   Rudolf Steiner in 1924. He   with what we have in our   embracing spirituality.
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