A List of French Biodynamic Wineries (Draft)
Welcome to the World of French Biodynamic Wineries.
French Biodynamic Wineries in Alsace
The Alsace region is in the Northeastern corner of France on the German border. The region actually changed hands three times between the two countries over the past 150 years.
Known mainly for making white wines, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and a little Pinot Noir. The region produces a range of styles of wine, from Bone Dry to marvelous dessert wines.
The dessert wines are known as Vendange Tardive which are equal to the Auslese designation in Germany. The other Selection de Grains Nobles is equal to the Beerenauslese designation from Germany. They also make a Sparkling wine called Cremant.
The region has three quality levels. The Basic Appellation, Single Vineyards (Known as lieu dit) and Grand Cru (Fifty-One Vineyards designated).
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht (Biodyvin)
Domaine Eugene Meyer (Demeter)
Jean Baptiste Adam (Demeter)
Domaine Loberger (Demeter)
Domaine Leon Boesch (Demeter)
Vignoble des 2 Lunes (Demeter)
Domaine Jean-Paul Schmitt
Domaine Camille Braun
Domaine Saint Remy-Ehrhart (Demeter)
Maison Kuentz-Bas (Demeter)
Domaine Barnes-Buecher (Biodyvin)
Domaine Eric Rominger
Domaine Etienne Simonis (Demeter)
Domaine Jean Louis et Fabienne Mann (Biodyvin)
Domaine Sylvie Spielmann
Klur Clement Vignoble (Demeter)
Domaine Albert Man (Biodyvin)
Domaine Bott-Geyl (Biodyvin)
Domaine Dirler-Cade (Biodyvin)
Domaine Francois Bauer (Biodyvin)
Domaine Josmeyer (Biodyvin)
Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss (Biodyvin)
Domaine Valentine Zusslin (Biodyvin)
French Biodynamic Wineries in Bordeaux
The Bordeaux wine region is in the South-East corner of France near the Atlantic Ocean.
Noted for producing not only some of the worlds best wines (Classified Bordeaux), but some Great Everyday values.
The Red wines are made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
Then the region is divided in two by the Gironde River which draws the cool ocean breezes inland.
On the Right Bank, based around the Medoc are Cabernet based wines.
On the Left Bank, based around Saint Emilion they are Merlot based.
The White wines including dessert wines of Sauterne and Barsac. They are made from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.
They also produce a Rose, made in the traditional method and a Sparkling wine called Cremant.
Chateau Rolland la Garde
Simonneau et Fils (Demeter)
Domaine De Valmengaux
Chateau Couronneau (Demeter)
Chateau Ferran (Demeter)
Chateau L’Escart (Demeter)
Chateau Canon Saint Michel (Biodyvin)
Cotes de Blaye
Cotes de Bordeaux
Clos Puy Arnaud (Biodyvin)
Cotes du Bourg
Chatea Falfas (Biodyvin)
Chateau Forgas (Biodyvin)
Chateau La Rose Garnier (Biodyvin)
Clos du Jaugueyron
Montagne Saint Emilion
Vignoble Despagne-Rapin (Demeter)
Chateau Pontet Canet (Biodyvin)
Chateau Gombarde-Grillot (Biodyvin)
Chateau d’Arcole (Demeter)
Saint Emilion Grand Cru
Chateau Fonrogue (Biodyvin)
Chateau Moulin du Cadet (Biodyvin)
Chateau Climens (Biodyvin)
French Biodynamic Wineries in Beaujolais
The Beaujolais region is in eastern France and is part of the broader Burgundy region.
Unlike Burgundy, the main grape of Beaujolais is Gamay.Banned in Burgundy.
In July 1395, the Duke of Burgundy (Philippe the Bold) banish the grape from Burgundy.
For being inferior to the Elegant Pinot Noir.
Thus, its move south along the Saone River.
The region is broken down into three quality levels.
Beaujolais AOC the basis for the wildly popular Beaujolais Noveau.
Also serves as the house wine in many of Paris’s Café’s!!!
Next, Beaujolais Village which can only be grown in Thirty Nine villages.
Lastly, the Cru Beaujolais which a the wine from these 10 Villages.
Saint-Amour, Julienas, Chenas, Moulin-a-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgan, Regnie, Brouilly and Cote de Brouilly.
Chateau des Bachelards
French Biodynamic Wineries in Burgundy
The Burgundy wine region is in Eastern France.
The region is known for producing the World Finest Chardonnay’s and Pinot Noir’s.
The region has four quality levels. The Basic is simply Bourgogne Blanc (white) or Rouge (Red). Approxiametly 50% of the Production.
The Village Level, Meursault AOC (42 Villages). Approxiametly 36% of the Production.
Premier Cru, this designation approxiametly 12% of the Production.
Grand Cru, the Best Vineyard sites. This designation represents only 2% of Burgundy’s vineyards.
Trapet Peres & Fils (Biodyvin)
Domaine Tripoz (Demeter)
Domaine Pierre Morey (Biodyvin)
Morey Saint Denis
Domaine Arlard (Biodyvin)
Domaine Chandon de Briailles
Chateau de Lavernette (Demeter)
Bret Brothers (Demeter)
Domaine Leflaive (Biodyvin)
Saint Bris AOP
Jean-Hugues et Guilhem Goisot (Demeter)
Domaine des Gandines
Rossingnol Fevrier (Demeter)
Domaine Clos de la Chapelle
Domaine Du Comte Liger-Belair (Biodyvin)
French Biodynamic Wineries in Chablis
The Chablis wine region is in Eastern France and within the Burgundy region.
Chablis wine is made Exclusively from Chardonnay.
The wines are organized under four quality levels.
Petite Chablis AOC: 4,500 acres
Chablis AOC: 7,100 acres
All of Chablis’ Premier Cru vineyards and Grand Cru vineyards are planted primarily on
Kimmeridgean soils. These are composed of Limestone, Clay and Fossilized Oyster Shells.
These same soils extend towards the Champagne region and across the English Channel to the White Cliffs of Dover.
Premier Cru Chablis: 1850 acres divided into 42 vineyard sites.
Grand Cru Chablis: Only 100 acres divided into seven vineyards.
Domaine Dominique Gruhier (Demeter)
Jean Marc Brocard (Demeter)
French Biodynamic Wineries in Champagne
It is a wine region located in Northeastern France.They produce both still and Sparkling wine. Only three grapes can be used to make Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This is where methode champenoise got its name. This is where the wine undergoes the second fermentation takes place in the bottle.
Decoding the Champagne Label
Dryness to Sweetness Scale
Champagne is divided into six levels based on the residual sugar level.
Extra Brut (Six grams or less of Residual Sugar per Liter)
Brut (Less than twelve grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)
Extra Dry (Between twelve and seventeen grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)
Sec (Between seventeen and thirty-two grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)
Demi Sec (Between thirty-two and fifty grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)
Doux (Fifty grams of Residual Sugar per Liter)
Types of Champagne
Most of the Champagne produced is Non-Vintage. This is considered the House style.
The House style is one of the most complex wines made.
It is not only a blend of up to three grapes and from multiple vineyard sites.
Vintage Dated Champagne is extremely limited. It is only produced in the finest Vintages. It is a blend of up to the three grapes and from multiple vineyard sites.
Prestige Cuvee of Tete du Cuvee
This is the Best of the Best and the Most Expensive bottling of Champagne and extremely limited.It is Vintage Dated. Only produced in the finest Vintages.
A blend of up to the three grapes and from multiple vineyard sites.
It is not only a blend of the Best wines and vineyard sites, but receives additional winemaking attention. A lower yield of wine per ton of grapes. Additional barrel fermentation and/or barrel aging.Longer aging in the bottle before release.
Champagne by the Varietals
Blanc de Blancs
Means “white of whites” and made exclusively from Chardonnay.
Blanc de Noirs
Means “White from Black(s) or a white wine made from Black Grapes. It is made from using both or either Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier.
Rose Champagne is made exclusively from Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier. The wine is made in one of two ways. The Saignee method which means you let the dark skins macerate with the juice to extract more color. Or add a small amount of still wine (Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier) to the sparkling wine base.
Francoise & Fils
Vincent Couche (Demeter)
Leclerc Briant (Demeter)
Benoit Lahaye (Biodyvin)
Franck Pascal (Biodyvin)
Francoise Bedel (Biodyvin)
Hugues Godme (Biodyvin)
French Biodynamic Wineries in the
The Languedoc-Roussillon is a vast wine growing region covering nearly 700,000 acres spread across 65 Appellations. Locate in Southern France along the Mediterranean Sea. It also produces approxiametly 35% of all the wine produced in France.
The regions produce a range Red, Rose, White, dessert and Sparkling wines.
The main Red wine grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvèdre.
The main White wine grapes are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. One Local grape worth mentioning is Picpoul de Pinet.
Domaine du Traginer (Demeter)
Chateau la Baronne(Demeter)
Les Domaines Auriol
Les Clos Perdus (Demeter)
Domaine de l’Horizon (Biodyvin)
Cotes du Roussillon AOP
Cotes du Roussillon Villages AOP
Roc des Anges
Domaine Cazes (Biodyvin)
Maison Jean Pla
Mas Des Caprices
Domaine Pierre Clavel
Domaine Alain Chabanon (Demeter)
Hecht & Bannier
Domaine Petit Roubie
Domaine Stella Nova
Mas d’Espanet (Demeter)
Domaine de Costes-Cirgues
Domaine Malavieille (Demeter)
Domaine Costaplane (Demeter)
Languedoc Gres de Montpellier AOP
Domaine de la Marfee (Biodyvin)
Languedoc Montpeyroux AOP
Domaine Aupilhac (Demeter)
Languedoc Terroir Saint Georges d’Orques AOP
Domaine de la Prose
Les Terres de Fagayra
Le Clos des Jarres
Domaine Hegarty Chamans (Demeter)
Vignoble du Loup Blanc (Biodyvin)
Minervois-La Liviniere AOP
Domaine des Comte Mediterranees Maris (Demeter)
Borie de Maurel
Domaine Paul Mas
Pic Saint Loup AOP
Domaine Zelige-Caravent (Demeter)
Chateau La Roque Les Deux Tours
Saint Chinian AOP
Terrasses du Larzac AOP
Domaine du Joncas (Demeter)
Domaine Coston (Demeter)
Mas de l’Ecriture
Domaine de La Reserve d’O (Demeter)
Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette
French Biodynamic Wineries in the
The Loire Valley stretches 400 miles from central France to the Atlantic coast.
Within the region there are 70 unique appellations, producing a range of dry white, red, rose, dessert and sparkling wines.
The Loire Valley is the second largest producer of Sparkling wine after Champagne.
The leading White wine grapes are Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne (also known as Muscadet)
The leading Red wine grapes are Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.
Upper Loire (Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume)
Middle Loire (Vouvray and Chinon)
Lower Loire (Muscadet)
Domaine Le Fay d’Homme (EcoCert)
Domaine Les Grandes Vignes
Chateau de Bois-Brincon
Chateau de Passavant (Demeter)
Domaine de Montcy (Demeter)
Domaine Fabrice Gasnier
Domaine Pascal Lambert (Biodyvin)
Coteaux du Layon AOP
Domaine de Juchepie
Cote Roannaise AOP
Domaine des Pothiers (Biodyvin)
Domaine Philippe Gilbert (Biodyvin)
Muscadet Sevre et Maine AOP
Domaine de l’ecu (Demeter)
Domaine Landron (Biodyvin)
Jonathan Didier Pabiot
Quarts de Chaume AOP
Chateau de Plaisance
Domaine de Reuilly (Demeter)
Clos des Quarterons (Demeter)
Domaine Vincent Gaudry (Demeter)
Domaine de la Moussiere (Biodyvin)
Domaine Fouassier (Biodyvin)
Domaine Les Penitents (Biodyvin)
Domaine Vacheron (Biodyvin)
Chateau de Fosse-Seche (Demeter)
Domaine Des Roches Neuves (Biodyvin)
Domaine du Closel
Coulee de Serrant (Demeter)
Clos de la Briderie
Domaine Francois Chidaine (Biodyvin)
French Biodynamic Wineries in Provence
The Provence wine region is in Southern France. The region extends from Avignon in the West to Nice in the East along the Mediterranean Sea.
The regions 67,000 acres are spread across eight different Appellations.
The leading appellations are the Cotes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. Followed by Bandol, Bellet, Cassis, Coteaux de Pierrevert, Coteaux Varois en Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence and Palette.
Provence is noted for its wonderful Roses. They can be enjoyed on there own or with most foods.
Roses account for 50% of the wines made, for Red accounts 33% and White wines account for 17%.
The leading Red wine grape varieties, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Recently Cabernet Sauvignon has been plants throughout the region. It can only account for 10% of the Blend according to AOC Roses in general follow the same blends.
The White wines can be made from the following grapes, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Viognier. Sometimes some minor grapes and grown and added to the blend.
The region benefits from a moderate Mediterranean climate.
In the coastal areas you will find Schist and Quartz in the soils. Inland you will find Clay and Sandstone in the soils.
Clos St-Vincent (Biodyvin)
Cotes de Provence AOP
Domaine Les Fouques
Domaine des Aspras
Chateau de Roquefort
Domaine La Tour Des Vidaux (Biodyvin)
Chateau La Mascaronne
Chateau Gasqui (Demeter)
Les Baux de Provence AOP
French Biodynamic Wineries in the
There are twenty-one different grapes varieties allowed in the Rhone Valley.
Most Wines of the Rhone Valley are a blend.
For the Reds, it must be a minimum of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. And a maximum of 20% of the other Approved grape varieties.
For the Rosé, they follow the same proportions used to make Red Wine. Up to 20% of the wine could be the Allowed White Grape varieties
For White Wine, a blend of the following grapes, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, and Viognier.
The Rhone Valley can be broken down into three basic areas.
Cotes du Rhone
The Rhone Valley Cru’s
These are appellations have differentiated themselves above the other areas.
These Cru’s are further divided into either the Northern region (Syrah-Based) or Southern region. (Grenache-based)
The Lesser-known wine regions of the Rhone Valley
Chateau de la Selve (Biodyvin)
Domaine de Beaurenard (Demeter)
Domaine Duseigneur (Biodyvin)
Domaine Usseglio (Demeter)
Chateau Simian (Demeter)
Domaine de la Graveirette
Clairette de Die AOP
Domaine Achard-Vincent (Demeter)
Cave de Die Jaillance (Demeter)
Cave Monge Granon
Costieres de Nimes AOP
Terre des Chardon (Demeter)
Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss (Biodyvin)
Cotes du Rhone AOP
Mas de Libian
Vignoble de Bastet (Demeter)
Domaine des Cedres
Notre Dame de Cousignac
Cotes du Rhone Villages AOP
Domaine Oratoire Saint Martin (Demeter)
Domaine les Aphillanthes (Biodyvin)
Domaine des Amadieu
Domaine la Botte
Domaine Les Bruyeres (Biodyvin)
Domaine Montirius (Biodyvin)
Clos du Joncuas
Domaine Du Jocier
Domaine des Maravilhas (Biodyvin)
Chateau Fontvert (Demeter)
Domaine du Trapadis
Domaine Coteaux des Travers (Demeter)
Saint Joseph AOP
Domaine des Amphores
Domaine Monier Perreol (Biodyvin)
Chateau de Manissy (Demeter)
Domaine le Sang des Cailoux
Domaine La Ligiere
Domaine Chaume-Arnaud (Demeter)
French Biodynamic Wineries in Savoie
The region is located in Eastern France near the Swiss border.
Domaine Cellier des Cray
La Gerbelle Quenard Claude et Fils
Domaine Genoux (Biodyvin)
French Biodynamic Wineries in the Southwest
This Wine Making area is in Southern France, to the East of Bordeaux and to the West of the Languedoc. The region is also known as Sud-Ouest and the region is divided into five sub-regions.
Located within this sub-region are Bearn AOC and Jurancon AOC.
Irouleguy AOC is the only AOC in this sub-region.
Chateau le Payral
Chatea Jonc Blanc
Chateau Feely (Demeter)
Mas del Perie (Biodyvin)
Cotes de Duras AOP
Les Hautes de Riquets
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