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Martell, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët head towards phasing out pesticides

Par Vitisphere Le 12 juin 2020
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Martell, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët head towards phasing out pesticides
“Regenerative farming involves agroecology, agroforestry, permaculture...? specified Bernard Pineau. - crédit photo : MMPJ

rench vineyards, “are in an interim period where we are moving away from chemicals. Weed control and systematic treatments are over. It’s now all about observation”, commented Bernard Pineau, head of sustainable winegrowing at Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët (MMPJ, a subsidiary of Pernod-Ricard). As part of the Pernod Ricard group's sustainable development objectives for 2030, MMPJ plans to set up pilot projects for regenerative agriculture and biodiversity in its own vineyards (430 hectares in Cognac and 260 hectares in Champagne) as of 2021.

To establish our model, we're looking at the best that can be found among organic, biodynamic and agroforestry techniques... Nothing is off-bounds”, added Pineau, who wants to reduce chemical inputs without “restricting ourselves to organic farming, which is too reliant on copper”. As the sustainable development coordinator of the MMPJ network, he is currently looking for experts and experiences. However, MMPJ points out that it is not working from a blank canvas. For the past five years, it has been farming without Carcinogenic, Mutagenic and Reprotoxic (CMR) plant protection products in its vineyards. Glyphosate was banned at Martell in 2019 and at Mumm and Perrier-Jouët in 2020. The vineyards are also trialling alternative weed control (electric, foam, water pressure, etc.) as well as rolling out a varietal creation programme in Cognac (using Vidal blanc), introducing biodiversity inventories, increasing use of biocontrol (including treatment of downy mildew with the Immunrise algae solution), and ramping up use of recuperation panels for spraying, to name a few.




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Paul Vandenberg Le 13 juin 2020 à 21:23:30
We have been growing wine with zero use of any and all types of pesticides since 2012. We welcome all in the industry to come visit and share concepts and ideas to reduce the use of pesticides. What we are able to do here in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, may not be possible in Champagne but perhaps we could at least help with the concept of “weeds?. We don’t have weeds (with the exception of a couple of species) we have non crop, bio diverse vegetation we manage without spraying, burning, or soil disruption. The result of our vegetation management is a stable environment without insect issues. Then of course we implemented methods to create an environment unsuitable for fungal infections. Paul Vandenberg Paradisos del Sol Winery and Organic Vineyard World’s first Zero Pesticide Vineyard
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