The Bordeaux appellation introduces three eco-friendly measures in its vineyards

Mercredi 05 juin 2019 par Vitisphere

 Targeted by the media and anti spraying associations, the Bordeaux wine region is at the forefront of agri-environmental measures.
Targeted by the media and anti spraying associations, the Bordeaux wine region is at the forefront of agri-environmental measures. - crédit photo : CIVB (Bordeaux vignoble engagé)

Two years after adopting agri-environmental measures at its AGM, the Bordeaux appellation producers’ organisation will see them come into force during the 2019 vintage. The measures are: a ban on total chemical weed control of vineyard plots; mandatory calculation and recording of the indicator of frequency of treatment (IFT) by all firms; and mandatory removal of dead vines from the plots, with no storage of dead vines allowed in vineyards. The project quickly gained consensus among the organisation’s 4,500 members, due to it being “rolled out by a very good working party. This would not have been possible five or six years ago”, commented the organisation’s chairman, Bernard Farges.

Due to continued social pressure, Bordeaux winegrowers have incorporated the shift towards a reduction in inputs into their specifications. IFT calculation should improve management of the spraying calendar whilst collecting dead vines should reduce vineyard infection issues. Both controversial and highly publicised, total weed control should not pose any problems in vineyards. “In our appellations, few vineyards use total weed control. With the widest vines in Bordeaux, it is estimated that 70 to 80% of our land has grass cover”, adds Florian Reyne, managing director of the Bordeaux producers’ organisation.

After approving Bordeaux’s specifications, the INAO National AOC Wine Committee on 15 November 2018 also adopted agri-environmental measures for the Champagne, Cognac and Montlouis-sur-Loire appellations.

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