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Esotericism in winemaking

According to the ancient Greek "esoterikós" (inner), the original meaning of the term is a philosophical doctrine accessible only to a limited "inner" circle of people with "secret" information known only to them. In common usage today, "esoteric" is used in a pejorative way for a wide range of different spiritual and occult teachings and practices for which there are no scientifically justifiable facts. Esotericism includes fortune-telling, palmistry, astrology and homeopathy. Certain methods of winemaking are also counted as esoteric, whether rightly or wrongly is a matter of heated debate.

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Proponents of such forms of production are convinced of their success. However, as long as there are no findings according to scientific criteria with valid, provable and verifiable facts, these methods cannot be recognised. These include certain (not basically all) practices of biodynamic and bioenergetic viticulture with consideration of lunar phases in pruning, fertilisation, pest control and harvesting, as well as the use of music during fermentation and ageing. Farmers' rules also belong to the realm of esotericism. And likewise, comets that appear, as in the legendary 1811 vintage, naturally have no influence whatsoever.

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