Nine miles from the ocean, in a saddle between two ridge tops sits Porter-Bass Vineyard & Winery. In 1980, the Bass family renovated a dilapidated old vineyard outside of Guerneville and employed biodynamic farming practices as began to revive the soil.
“In Biodynamic farming we concern ourselves not only with the crops that we sell but with the whole health of the ecosystem. Done correctly our farming makes the land ever more vibrant and vital. This represents a complete departure from the paradigm of conventional farming. Conventional farming is driven by economic principles. If high levels of inputs (fertilizer, herbicide, petroleum fuel, etc…) are necessary to achieve the desired production the primary concern is that the practice is profitable. On the other hand a Biodynamic farm strives to be a self-sustaining entity creating healthy outputs with minimal or no inputs other than labor. To minimize our inputs we need to keep our farm entity strong. Balance is needed among the three farm components: the plant (etheric), the animal (astral) and the human (ego). In nature there is a balance between plants and animals. Many farms tend to upset this balance by emphasizing one plant or one animal and in time this imbalance can lead to sick animals or weak plants. By using Biodynamic practices a true expression of place is found in the wine. The vineyard is Demeter certified Biodynamic.”