Sustainable viticulture is much talked about in Champagne today. A year ago the producer unions starting making great efforts to get the growers to think more about the environment and to work towards sustainably (durable in French). Now, this work has yielded results and a certification that has been approved by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Around 2,000 hectares are already receiving this new certification called “Viticulture durable en Champagne”. And there will be more soon. Many producers in Champagne believe more in sustainable winegrowing than in organic. Less than 500 hectares in Champagne have organic certification of a total surface of around 32,000 hectares. Sustainable viticulture means briefly that the grower avoids as much as possible the use of products that can be hazardous to the environment and people but in a case of emergency make use of synthetic chemical products. Read more on mon-viti.com
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