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Olivier Dauga encourages French producers to adopt sustainable and organic practices

Published:  17 July, 2018

French wine consultant Olivier Dauga was in town last night to present a number of new conversion projects with wine producers in Bordeaux, South and South West France, which focus on organic conversion and sustainability.

Dauga, known as “Le Faiseur de Vin”, has an unconventional background as a semi-professional rugby player turned winemaker with a strong environmental conscience.

In 2010, he set the bar high by launching his Green Charter, an holistic set of principles which consider the human, geographic, climatic and social aspects which goes into producing wine.

At last night’s event in London, he set out his plans for the new projects and spoke on the changing social and environmental mores in the wine industry.

He said: “When I first began making wine 30 years ago, sustainability was considered a luxury, and organic winemaking a maverick’s dream. Today, both disciplines are practical and essential. Not all winemakers can or should necessarily become organic, but every producer must work towards complete sustainability if our planet is to continue to produce wine in all its wonderful and varied ways for future generations.”

Dauga works with producers to develop sustainable ways of growing grapes and making wine.

He was in London last night with the aim of highlighting the need for more French producers to invest in protecting the environment and to follow the “best international examples” of successful sustainable and organic wine production.

Wines from several new conversion projects were presented, including Univitis, Château Gros Caillou, Château Pierron, Foncadaure and Vignerons Catalans.