We are committed to a sustainable development approach where we carefully consider the environment in line with our economic development. Since we first made this commitment we have focused not only on conserving water resources, but also on reducing the impact our business has on the environment which is taken into account at all levels throughout our organization.
In relation to water
Our initial priority to conserve water resources has been aimed at our winery. After having reviewed our organization and its usage we have put an action plan in place based on:
- Employee training and awareness,
- Putting in place a plan to reduce pressure and the flow rate for deliveries,
- Modifying some of our cleaning methods.
Between 2013 and 2016 our water consumption reduced by 45%. At the same time, we have made investments to guarantee the purity of winegrowing effluents going into the natural environment. We check this twice a year by analyzing water taken from the water tables in the direct vicinity of the winery.
In relation to the vineyards
For many years society has sought to make agriculture pay more regard to the environment.
We have taken these concerns into account by maintaining customer satisfaction with the quality of our products while combining this overall quality with sound environmental principles.
After having made a thorough inventory of all our winegrowers’ methods and analyzed the risks of pollution in our vineyards, we developed an environmental farming and climate plan that we have been committed to for several years:
- To replace chemical weeding with soil tillage and/or grass cover maintenance
- To replace the use of plant protection products to combat certain pests by more gentle methods such as sexual confusion.
- To preserve biodiversity, (grass cover maintained, hedges and ditches maintained, etc.)
We have been recognized as a GIEE (Groupement d’Intérêt Economique et Environnemental - Economic and Environmental Interest Group) and through this working group we encourage and promote the most effective methods to reduce the impact of our business on the environment .
We also have a hundred hectares of organic farming and we help the winemakers who have made this choice in producing a special vintage from their grapes.
We have incorporated environmental restrictions into our production specifications.
With the financial support of the Water Agency, we have set up a programme to monitor the quality of watercourses in several parts of our vineyards so we can measure the beneficial effects of our actions over time. We will carry out 4 analysis per year over a period of 3 years.
In relation to materials used
With regard to the materials that are required for packaging our wines, we are focused on the type of products we buy and recycling.
Our purchasing policy promotes eco-packaging, with priority being given to lighter bottles or recyclable stoppers made from bio-sourced materials.
We separate all our plastic waste, cardboard and paper and develop partnerships to encourage other waste to be recycled.
Stalks, for example, are made available to market gardeners and arborist for soil improvement.
The sludge or soil from effluents is mixed with grape pomace after distillation and transformed into organic compost which will then be reused in our vineyards.