Bordeaux’s leading co-operative bans carcinogenic agri-chemicals over 4,200 hectares of vines

Wednesday May 08 2019 by Vitisphere

“There is no choice, it's an obligation!” claims the co-op’s chairman Stéphane Héraud.“There is no choice, it's an obligation!” claims the co-op’s chairman Stéphane Héraud. - Photo credit : Tutiac

Bordeaux’s leading co-operative winery, Tutiac, is outlawing use of plant protection products classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) as of the 2019 growing season over 4,200 hectares of vines. “There is no choice, it's an obligation!” claims the co-op’s chairman Stéphane Héraud. He has brushed off criticisms he may have heard from vine growers and believes that the co-operative is “simply getting a few years’ head start, before it becomes the norm”.

A charter put forward by the Bordeaux wine trade recommends stopping CMRs in 2022, but Tutiac is confidently anticipating market demand for its 420 members and 4,200 hectares under vine. The pledge does not involve newcomers UniMédoc, Lugon and Sauternes Vignerons.

With Bordeaux still reeling from the stressful 2018 vintage in terms of vineyard health management, the winegrowers of Tutiac are confident about doing without CMRs. “Half of our area under vine is already treated without CMRs. These winegrowers fared better than others faced with the all-time high pressure from mildew in 2018. Maybe they sprayed once more, but they were more attentive to the emergence of spots”, says Héraud. The proof was plain for all to see: “We were able to get by without CMRs in an extremely challenging year, the likes of which we hadn’t witnessed in twenty years!” In practice, the ban on CMRs will be monitored by analyses carried out on wine in tanks. If CMR residues are detected, the batch will be downgraded and subject to penalties. “I am convinced that no-one will fail to apply the new rules”, says Héraud.

 

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