Corbières goes green

Thursday June 13 2019 by Vitisphere

Daniel Sendrous, chair of the Corbières appellation producers’ organisation.Daniel Sendrous, chair of the Corbières appellation producers’ organisation. - Photo credit : Céline Deschamps

Producers in Corbières have five years to go green. The board of the producers’ organisation unanimously decided that in the future, only producers that make a pledge to an agri-environmental scheme will be eligible for the Corbières appellation. The organisation is leaving the choice of endorsement up to its producers – they can choose organic, Terra Vitis, HVE3, ISO 26 000… – but it has set a deadline of five years for them to secure one of these certifications.

Consumer demand

This decision comes in the aftermath of the seminar we organised last July. It responds to strong consumer demand for more environmentally-friendly winegrowing”, said Daniel Sendrous, the organisation’s chair. The appellation’s specifications will be amended within five years to introduce the new measure. Currently, 13% of Corbières’ area under vine is certified organic, i.e. 1,300 hectares out of a total 10,000 hectares. HVE3 certification covers around a hundred hectares, but this area should increase significantly between now and the next harvest, as many producers have recently made a commitment to the scheme.

 

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