The story of retsina wine can be traced back to ancient times, when wine was typically stored and transported in clay jugs called amphorae. In Greece, one of the world’s oldest winemaking civilizations, winemakers used thick resin from the abundantly-growing Aleppo pine trees to seal the amphorae and protect the wine from oxidation. Evidence of pine resin has been found in Greek wine amphorae dating back to the 13th century B.C.
"Our wine surely has edges and corners, but not for the fact that it is made from Piwi but because they are handcrafted wines that speak of where they come from." Thomas Niedermayr
"Our goal is really to promote the different terroirs and to be able to show the little differences we have in the different climats." - Matthieu Mangenot, Maison Albert Bichot
- Washington State's Hedges Family Estate, a pioneer of the Red Mountain AVA, is crafting award-winning biodynamic wines.
- "Knowing that knowledge cannot know, remains the highest knowledge." -Fourth Century Chinese philosopher Zhuang Zhou
- "Our strength is our family dimension and we want to preserve it." Giovan Battista
- "We believe biodynamics is the way to cultivate, taking into account all the beings that live on the farm, from microorganisms, grasses, trees, mammals, birds, to the influences of the planets and constellations, which also form part of the ecosystem." - Alba Vives
- "It’s just incredible because it's a part of yourself that people are enjoying. And it's part of their pleasure and happiness and great moments. It's better than selling tires or whatever." Véronique Dausse, on the joy of working in wine.
- While still a niche market, the top dry Furmint wines of Hungary, like the Oremus Mandolás, are finally getting their due.
- "As we are the first winery in Givry to become organic and biodynamic, we have generated a lot of curiosity and interest from the young generation of vignerons, while their parents are still reluctant." - Philippe Pascal, Domaine du Cellier aux Moines