Animals and beneficial gardens play an important part in our Biodynamic farming techniques. Watch the below videos for more information about how both contribute to healthy vines.
Our sheep are not only cute, but they play a vital role in the removal of overgrown cover crop. They replace the need for mowing, disking, and spraying herbicides; they aerate the soil while continuously depositing nutrient-rich fertilizer throughout the vineyard.
Our small herd of Scottish Highlander cattle provides more than just organic manure; they bring a certain sense of peace and serenity to the vineyard.
Birds are important to the vineyard because they naturally prey on smaller animals that can be detrimental to the vines. They also help carry seeds and pollinate our garden. See this video on why happy birds live at Benziger Family Winery.
If you’ve ever taken our Biodynamic Tram Tour, then you have probably experienced our insectory. This is a vital part of our ranch, as it is home to numerous plants and bugs that are critical to the health of our vines. In the insectory, we grow fruits and vegetables for local restaurants, mainly The Glen Ellen Star. We also grow plants that attract beneficial organisms (bugs) that kill other organisms that are harmful to our vineyards. We also grow Valerian, Camomile and other herbs and teas that can be used in our Biodynamic preparations. See below for a gallery of our insectory and then come visit it yourself!