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Biodynamic Farming Revives DeLoach Vineyards in California's Russian River Valley

The heir of a long European winemaking tradition, Jean-Charles Boisset brought a chemical-laden vineyard back to life with organic gardening techniques and lots of TLC.

A crate of freshly picked pinot noir grapes awaits transformation into wine.
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“Earth and Sky,” an 18-foot bronze statue, greets winery guests as they enter the DeLoach Vineyards tasting room and organic garden picnic area.
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A vineyard visitor picks greens from a garden bed.
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Writer Kim Wallace helps spray pinot noir grapes with a mix of powdered quartz and water, which acts as a desiccant, absorbing water and preventing fungal growth.
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DeLoach stores hundreds of bottles in its extensive wine cellar. Guests can enjoy them through group or private wine tastings, winery tours, picnics and group dinners.
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DeLoach uses traditional, small French oak fermentors and Old World winemaking techniques.
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Winegrower Eric Pooler demonstrates his method of mixing Biodynamic Prep 501, a mixture of crushed quartz and water.
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In the DeLoach picnic area, guests enjoy chardonnay and fresh-picked garden greens.
Photo By Barbara Bourne

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