Jean-Pierre Frick is an icon in the world of natural wine. Based in Alsace, France, he was an early adopter of organic and biodynamic viticulture, and today is well-known for creating wines without sufiltes and styles with maceration. And it doesn't stop at winemaking; he's also quite the philosopher...
“The biodynamic way helps us to rediscover our relationship with time: to become more patient, and to find the balance; the harmony.”
People: Jean-Pierre, Chantal & Thomas Frick
Place: Alsace, France
Varieties: Riesling, Sylvaner, Gewürztraminer, Chasselas, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir
Farming: Biodynamic (Certified with Demeter)
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Did You Know? In 2002, he began to experiment with using capsules instead of corks, as these allow for even less oxygen to come into contact with the wine. He feels this helps the no-added-sulfites cuvées to age for even longer.
When Jean-Pierre started working in the vineyards with his father, he also met a group of farmers when shopping for meat and groceries in the town. Some of these farmers had already begun to study biodynamics twenty years before. They became friends, and one weekday or on a Sunday night, they would study biodynamics together and share what they had learnt from visiting other growers. Eventually, he also took a 10-day course to study the philosophy in-depth, and the estate became biodynamically certified in 1981. He says,