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Biodynamics Without the Cow Horn

September 24, 2012

GREVE IN CHIANTI, Italy, September 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni on why Querciabella went vegan

Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni is nothing short of relentless. That he led
Querciabella’s conversion to organic farming in 1988, long before the term green was
over-spun, and subsequently turned the Tuscan wine estate to biodynamics in 2000, is
emblematic of his environmentalist convictions. Now, the spirited insubordination of
Querciabella’s owner is stirring up debate over the very definition of biodynamics.

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Guided by the principle that biodynamic practictioners must adapt to the needs of
their land and surrounding environment, Querciabella has become a fertile arena for some
of the most pioneering experimentation in biodynamic agriculture since the early 20th
century. The Tuscan estate’s uniquely cruelty-free approach underscores Sebastiano’s
vehement stance against factory farming. “It is unethical to kill and torture animals and
raising them, on any scale, is simply not sustainable for our planet,” he says. While
ongoing trials are underway, a collaboration with Italy’s leading authority on biodynamic
farming, Leonello Anello, has broadened the range of alternative vegan practices at
Querciabella, including the use of inert vessels in lieu of cow horns and the production
of plant-based preparations composed of estate-grown grasses, medicinal herbs, cruciferous
vegetables and legumes.

The unorthodox decision to forego animal byproducts leaves some biodynamicists
confused; others challenge the idea that a completely plant-based model of biodynamics can
exist at all. Outspoken, passionate and armed with conclusive evidence, Sebastiano has
taken to the road to speak out about the role of activism in his life and the benefits
derived from a farming model – which bans the use of all animal-derived products – that he
created for ethical, environmental and qualitative reasons.

“Those who do things differently will inevitably receive criticism,” says Sebastiano.
“When people doubt the scientific basis to biodynamics, I point to the healthy, balanced
ecosystem we have at Querciabella and to our wines’ pure expression of terroir, but more
importantly I point to the countless scientific studies that prove how conventional
farming, with all its poisonous chemicals, is dangerous – for the planet, for people and
for animals.”

Sebastiano has recently discussed his cruelty-free view of viticulture in detail on
radio programs such as Monocle 24′s The Menu, REAL Radio’s It’s All About Food and
Heritage Radio Network’s Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President of
the James Beard Foundation. He was also profiled in the feature-length article
Querciabella Tuscan Biodynamite by renowned wine writer Stephen Brook in The World of Fine
Wine. Sebastiano frequently contributes to forums on topics relating to animal rights,
organic agriculture and fine wine. Such interrelated issues will be the focus of
Querciabella’s upcoming Lecture Tasting Series with Sebastiano, set to launch in early
2013 with an inaugural gathering of international guests at Villa Le Balze, Georgetown
University’s Florentine center for learning and scholarship.

Querciabella is a Tuscan producer of fine wine with 74 hectares (183 acres) of
biodynamic vineyards in Chianti Classico (Greve, Panzano, Radda and Gaiole in Chianti) as
well as 32 hectares (79 acres) in coastal Maremma. Rigorous production standards and a
cruelty-free philosophy make the winery an important Italian benchmark for ethical
viticulture and winemaking. The estate produces Batar, Camartina, Palafreno, Querciabella
Chianti Classico and Mongrana. Follow the winery @Querciabella on Twitter and Facebook.

For interviews with Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni please contact:

Stephanie Cuadra . Communications & Marketing Director

+39-345-909-909-2 . stc@querciabella.com . http://www.querciabella.com





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