Cognac has big ambitions for its environmental footprint

Wednesday October 21 2020 by Vitisphere

Some winegrowers only need to organise their traceability issues before they can be audited, whereas others still have to invest in controlled spraying equipment or set up washing areas.Some winegrowers only need to organise their traceability issues before they can be audited, whereas others still have to invest in controlled spraying equipment or set up washing areas. - Photo credit : BNIC

From just 13 last year, the number of farms boasting Cognac environmental certification has risen to 149 and in ten years’ time, will exceed 4,300. “By the end of 2030, all vineyards will have obtained the certification”, says Patrick Raguenaud, chairman of the Cognac marketing board BNIC. “This is no mean task, but winegrowers and negociants across-the-board have agreed to rise to the challenge in response to society's expectations”.

Laetitia Four, who is in charge of the marketing board’s sustainability department, is confident. “We tested our system on a limited number of farms in 2018 and 2019 and are ready to roll it out on a large scale”.

2,400 estates have started working towards securing Cognac Environmental Certification and High Environmental Value certification, a combination devised by the BNIC. They account for 72% of the appellation’s acreage. “This means that they have followed at least one of the self-diagnostic training sessions held by the Chambers of Agriculture, and they now know which areas require improvement”, explained Four.

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