KAYSERSBERG, France (AP) — Training according to the solar and lunar cycles has never helped any Tour de France contender climb a mountain faster, or seize the yellow jersey.
Moon science is more rewarding when it comes to the art of winemaking.
In the Alsace region visited by the peloton this week, growing wine using biodynamic methods has been paying off for the Faller family.
At the helm of the Domaine Weinbach — an ancient property planted with grapes since the ninth century — the Fallers have become leading winemakers in Alasce. They produce about 120,000 bottles a year in the seven main grape varieties of the region and sell their sought-after bottles to connoisseurs around the world.
They don’t use chemicals or pesticides, plow their rich soil and let weeds grow in harmony alongside thistles, roses and other wildflowers covering the 30 hectares of the family-run vineyard.
The family uses the lunar calendar to determine the best times for their operations.
“You have the fruit days, the flower days, root days and leaf days,” winemaker Eddy Leiber-Faller told The Associated Press. “Typically, if you want to work the ground, it’s more interesting to do it on a root day,…