OUR ECOLOGICAL COMMITMENT
In addition to organic farming, we are committed to biodiversity. We have planted 600m of hedges to increase biodiversity on the estate.
We are home to barn swallows and we are a refuge for bats. We install several bird and bat boxes each year to improve their abundance on our estate. Swallows and bats are major predators of butterflies that are harmful to the vines. Since 1972, they have enabled us to avoid using insecticides. In addition, we benefit from the terpenes of the coniferous trees in the forest, which are carried by the wind.
In winter, we sow plant cover crops that improve the structure and texture of the soil by improving soil life. They allow us to capture carbon and to synthesise nitrogen naturally, so that we use the minimum amount of organic fertiliser.
Mixed farming is being revived with the planting of olive trees and lavender. New disease-resistant grape varieties, mildew and powdery mildew, were planted in 2020. Floréal and Voltis for the whites, Vidoc and Artaban for the reds, allow us to reduce the use of copper and sulphur by using only one or two treatments per year.
In terms of marketing, we now favour the use of returnable bottles and light bottles for export. The cartons and BIB® are made from recycled cardboard. The labels are mainly made of recycled paper.
All this is done to reduce our carbon footprint.