Batič - Slovenia
Batič covers 19 hectares of vineyards (150,000 vines - about 50,000 bottles a year) planted on selected Vipava sites in Šempas, Vitovlje and Vogrsko. Today, despite the social modernism, the vineyards are cultivated ecologically biodynamically (demeter) similarly to the previous generations of the Batič family.
Anno Domini 1592. The Renaissance. Wines for the Holy Mass were prepared by monks – the bearers of our nation’s culture. They also formed the excellence in the wines through their knowledge of tradition, soil and nature’s rhythms.
The first Batič wines were born in the 16th century, shaped into being by the experienced hands of the monks of Batič estate in Šempas. The estate has changed considerably since then, with nearly no traces of the monks left: the murals on the walls have faded, and the names of the monks are forgotten. The site of the chapel of St. Rok is now covered by ivy planted by one whose name is lost to time.
The only remaining legacy of the once-proud monks of the estate is the knowledge and tradition of high-quality wine production that has been passed from generation to generation over four hundred years.
Batič wines are more than a homage; they are a continuation of the traditions and methods of the Šempas monks. Our wines are their legacy.The concept of the “agricultural individuality,” or farm organism was introduced in the teachings of an Austrian by the name of Rudolf Steiner in 1924. In a series of lectures, he introduced an idea for a farming system based upon on-farm biological cycling through mixing crops and livestock. While the mixed-farming approach predates Steiner’s ideas, it was his idea of the farm as an organism that helped to create a new system of agriculture. The information presented in these lectures, while new in its recommendations for agriculture, contained cosmological underpinnings, which were part of a philosophy he referred to as Anthroposophy, or spiritual science. Steiner’s philosophy is also connected to ideas practiced in education, art, economics, medicine, dance therapy, and work with the handicapped and mentally ill.
In relation to its practical application in farming, this philosophy suggest that humans, animals, plans, minerals and the cosmic periphery form a whole system, or organism. The farm organism forms a unity in regard to the workings of both human and natural systems. The root of the Biodynamic system is the relationship of the farmer and his or her practices to the local ecosystem, which in Biodynamics reaches the extent of including the influence of the cosmos and subtle life forces on local habitats.
It is also acknowledged that any time we till soil or remove a crop, the land is being exploited in several ways. Land is exploited through the breakdown of organic substances and the removal of minerals. Commonly recognized organic practices and fertilizers are used to correct this problem. However, what is more important and often overlooked is the depletion of the subtle life forces that are also needed to sustain biological functioning. These forces need to be replenished in the soil and in the air above the earth’s surface.