Mythopia sounds like a mythical land; one where nature and agriculture are not paradoxical. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once wrote,
“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it, and over it.”
Planting a vineyard, just like most forms of agriculture, is inherently unnatural, because it creates a monocultural system. However, with care, it is possible to make a vineyard a great home for nature to thrive. There is perhaps nobody who has demonstrated this to the extent that Hans-Peter and Romaine Schmidt have with their vineyards in the Swiss Alps and with Hans-Peter’s work with biochar at the Ithaka Institute. The wine that is born from these vineyards is named Mythopia; from the Greek mythos (tales) and topos (location), while also nodding to Utopia; My Utopia.