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Green charter for Bordeaux producers

Published:  03 February, 2010

Bordeaux wine consultant Olivier Dauga is launching a Green Winemaking Charter for producers in the region.

Dauga, a former professional rugby player with more than 30 clients in Bordeaux, wants winemakers to be more environmentally friendly.

"We need to be thinking together about how we can protect our environment and our cultural heritage for future generations," he said.

"I believe that organic winemaking doesn't go far enough, and it is difficult to follow financially. Instead, this Charter is based upon common sense, and practical ways to lower our carbon footprint while making natural, healthy wines."

The Charter looks at key stages across the entire winemaking cycle, and suggests ways to optimise energy consumption, to reduce dependence on non-renewable sources of energy, to phase out use of herbicides, to apply prevention rather than cure measures against disease, to respect treatment thresholds, to encourage biodiversity, and to ensure reduced use of sulphur in the cellars.

 Producers expressing an interest in the Charter include Roques Mauriac, La Vieille Chapelle, Grand Boise, Caronne Ste Gemme and Domaines Castel.