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Sustainable development

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Respect for the terroir and biodiversity

Like all agricultural activities, wine-growing has a major impact on the environment. We are convinced that we have an important role to play in restoring and maintaining an ecological balance.

We are proud that we have been able to place the HVE logo on our products since 2019. More than a quality label, for us it is a veritable recognition of the changes we have made over several years, certifying our compliance with the HVE standard in the running of our vineyard to advance on the pathway to sustainable development.

 

In concrete terms, this is reflected in action taken both in the vines, nearby hedges and grassed areas and in the buildings.

 

Grass cover around the vines and hedge management  

In order to enable the development of habitats benefiting numerous species, in certain parcels we have opted for wide grassy strips between the rows of vines.

This has many agronomic, ecological and technical benefits: improving the structure of the soil, limiting erosion and enriching the soil through biological activity.  

From a technical point of view, this planting method facilitates mechanization, thereby reducing the use of weed-killer

 

Furthermore, we are very careful to mow and to trim hedges when the time is right, to allow the flora to produce seeds, which are the staple food of certain birds.

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Concrete and daily actions

Reduction in inputs

In order to improve biodiversity in our vines, we make reasonable and limited use of crop protection products. The aim is to be able to decide what treatments to apply in our parcels on a case-by-case basis.

In the winery: reduction in water usage 

The making and conditioning of wine involves often significant amounts of water. Our challenge is to reduce water usage without compromising hygiene. So we have raised our teams' awareness about the importance of observing good practices and reducing waste: turning off taps, cleaning floors with a squeeze mop, rinsing the equipment quickly to prevent adherence of dirt.

In addition, the water we use to clean wine-making equipment is treated by our self-contained biological effluent treatment plant.

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Chiroubles, Fleurie, Morgon… The history of the Château de Raousset is closely bound up with that of Beaujolais and its illustrious vintages, contributing to the international renown of its wines awarded prizes on many occasions for their delicacy and subtle, rich aromas.