Gérard Bertrand to launch a foundation for biodiversity in 2020

Wednesday March 13 2019 by Vitisphere

During his speech at the Climate Change Leadership ‘solutions’ conferences, Gérard Bertrand slipped in details of the launch of his Origine Nature Foundation.During his speech at the Climate Change Leadership ‘solutions’ conferences, Gérard Bertrand slipped in details of the launch of his Origine Nature Foundation. - Photo credit : Alexandre Abellan

Called Origine Nature, the Gérard Bertrand vineyard foundation will be officially launched in 2020, the Languedoc wine merchant told Vitisphere on March 7 in Oporto. “A foundation dedicated to biodiversity will enable us to complete and finalise the actions we are implementing to take care of the planet”, explained Gérard Bertrand, stressing his legitimacy and significance in terms of sustainable winegrowing – out of 800 hectares of owned vineyards, 600 hectares are farmed biodynamically.

Different aspects of biodiversity

Whilst championing biodiversity in the vineyard environment, the former rugbyman also intends to preserve diversity within each plot: “There are 7,000 varieties worldwide. It is important to explain this rich heritage, to preserve it and to capitalise on it. Native grape varieties were selected because they are suited to their site. They allow site expressive wines to be produced”, said Bertrand.

The purpose of the Origine Nature Foundation, “is also to share [with the industry] our knowledge and expertise on organic and biodynamic wine growing”, added Bertrand, who aims to teach biodiversity conservation to the younger generations. Whilst focusing on vineyards, the foundation will extend its scope to include all farming activities. “Viticulture must be exemplary. When people drink wine, they drink meaning”, claimed Bertrand.

 

 

 

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