Côtes de Bourg confirms its compulsory HVE certification

Wednesday March 10 2021 by Vitisphere

 Among estates that are not certified, a large proportion have said that they are interested in HVE certification, pointed out the producers’ organisation. Among estates that are not certified, a large proportion have said that they are interested in HVE certification, pointed out the producers’ organisation. - Photo credit : Amarante Puget/Vinalys

On 25 February, the board of the Côtes de Bourg producers’ organisation confirmed the decision taken a year ago, on 6 February 2020, to make High Environmental Value (HVE) certification compulsory for all appellation companies from the 2025 vintage onwards. Following recent decisions by the national institute for origin and quality (INAO), the Bordeaux organisation now has the regulatory framework to include mandatory environmental certification into its specifications. The Côtes de Bourg appellation will only introduce mandatory HVE certification in 2025, when the obligation to do so is immediate according to INAO policy. The wine industry and the administration do not want a transitional period, but rather that a maximum number of producers be certified when the obligation becomes effective.

 

We are heading towards 100 %, and are well on our way there”, stated Didier Gontier, director of the producers’ organisation. According to the latest survey carried out concurrently with harvest returns filed by the appellation, 105 estates have made a commitment to HVE (equating to 2,316 hectares certified and 351 in the conversion phase) out of 172 respondents (covering 3,394 hectares). Accounting for 61% of estates and 78% of acreage in 2020, HVE is rapidly becoming entrenched in Côtes de Bourg, compared with 2018 when 24 estates covering 780 hectares were registered as HVE. When other environmental initiatives (organic, Terra Vitis, Demeter, AgriConfiance, etc.) are taken into account, 90% of vineyard acreage and 80% of businesses are covered by environmentally-friendly certifications, compared with 54% and 46% respectively in 2018.

This is not evolution, it’s a revolution!” claimed Gontier, who stressed that in addition to making certification compulsory, the producers’ organisation is introducing training tools and collective certification.

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