Domaine de l’Ecu subjects itself to three certifications per year: one Organic (Ecocert) and two Biodynamic (Demeter & Biodyvin). Despite the non-negligible cost of these annual certifications, we here at the Domaine consider it important to impose upon ourselves the rigor required to obtain them.
Today the world has come full circle, with Organics back in the limelight. Domaine de l’Ecu is proud to have been a pioneer in Organic and BioDynamic viticulture long before it was popular, leaving no doubt as to the nature and quality of work performed both in the vineyards and in the winery.
Why three separate certifications? We believe that being Organic isn’t enough, particularly with respect to vinification. A number of products permitted for use in Organic winemaking, for example selected yeasts, acidification, de-acidification, enzymes, and more, are not permitted for use in Biodynamics. We enjoy the transparency provided to those who drink our wines by being certified BioDynamic.
For more on BioDynamics and a list of permitted products and techniques, please visit:  www.demeter.fr

What rules and requirements must be respected in order to be certified BioDynamic (Demeter & Biodyvin) ?

The first rule: Biodynamic producers must already be certified Organic and must commit the totality of their production to being Biodynamic as well.
Biodynamic producers must also submit themselves to a rigorous annual certification process organized by an independent organization (ECOCERT) that submits a report of their findings every year. The Demeter and Biodyvin Certifications for Biodynamic Viticulture are accorded to participating producers (or not) every year depending on the results reported by the independent certifying organization.

Domaine de l’Ecu has and will continue to be certified Organic since 1975, Biodynamic (Demeter) since 1998, and Biodynamic (Biodyvin) since 2014.