Biome Makers is an AgTech bioinformatics startup, which specializes in identifying and understanding the microbiome. They provide comprehensive analysis of agricultural and industrial processes. And, Biome Makers uses the power of DNA sequencing to provide detailed insight and recommendations, which allows their clients to improve the output of their fields and the quality of their products. The science of winemaking has many facets. Biodiversity is one aspect that I truly appreciate.

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Vineyards biodiversity has its own language. Biome Makers, a startup founded in San Francisco (USA), launched a study of biodiversity from more than 600 vineyards all over the world. They are highlighting and enhancing the plots that register an extraordinary microbiological diversity. The biodiversity ranking, driven by Biome Makers, measures and evaluates the global complexity of microbial communities, as a basis for the biological activity in soils and as a sustainability indicator.

This is an element derived from the respect for terroir and the implementation of good practices in the vineyard. The ranking has been established using biodiversity indexes traditionally used in ecology and other related sciences, based on the richness, complexity and balance of the microorganism communities that inhabit the vineyard soil.

The wineries with a unique microbiological diversity, according to the findings, have been sorted in a top 10 of the year 2017. In the USA, the selected wineries:

  1. Alta Loma Vineyard – Monterey Pacific (Soledad, California)
  2. Bettinelli Vineyards (Napa Valley, California)
  3. Big Creek Vineyard (Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania)
  4. OVID (Napa Valley, California),
  5. Rainin Vineyard – Renteria Vineyard (Calistoga, California)
  6. Screaming Eagle (Oakville, California)
  7. Silver Oak (Napa Valley, California)
  8. Trefethen (Napa Valley, California),
  9. Tres Sabores (St. Helena, California)
  10. The last one is not published due to a confidentiality agreement (Napa Valley, California)