In order to be able to join the union and use the Biodyvin symbol, the future subscriber must meet the members of the steering committee and a biodynamic consultant at their property; an interview is carried out to establish the property's initial motivation (e.g. commercial, marketing, following trends, or a desire to preserve the terroir), and to assess the current practices, and perhaps even offer advice.
After the report on the visit, the property must submit a sample of its production to the committee. The wines tasted should be from vines in at least the second year of conversion to organic farming.
The aim of the tasting is not to judge the quality of the wine or to give it a score, but rather to understand the work that has been carried out and to assess the wine's character and its energy.
After the visit and the tasting, the property is accepted as being in its first year of conversion to biodynamic farming.
If the property has already been inspected by Demeter during a three year conversion period, then there is no additional conversion period.
Sharing and Advice
Biodynamic farming is a living science: every producer must be aware of the changes taking place in their vineyard and make careful observations in order to make the right choices.
Technical support and advice are recommended in order to avoid making inappropriate decisions.
SIVBD members gather several times a year at work meetings, general meetings, wine presentations (tastings at the primeurs in Bordeaux, Paris and London), or simply during visits or at the on site training days organized for new subscribers or the whole group, or at regional conferences where speakers present a variety of approaches.