Environmental approach

From the very beginning of our activity in 2000, we have engaged into a Sustainable Agriculture, a compromise between conventional practices and organic practices. An audit was ordered in 2004 to address the way we work, our methods, our environment.

Buoyed by this audit report, and after years of several standardization and improvement, we have decided to get closer to CIVB (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux) which proposed a collective ISO 14001 certification, international standard on SME (Environmental Management System) applied to the wine estate. It meets the environmental considerations which applies to us all, as producers or consumers. Since 2015, the property has become a member of the fist association, ISO 14001 certified.

Our sustainable oriented agricultural approach was completed in 2017 by HVE (Haute Valeur Environnementale) certification which takes into account biodiversity. HVE certification is the highest level of the three environmental certification levels of farming in France. This certification is directly related to production.

 

Certification ISO 14001 2015 pour château Haut de Lerm Vignobles Gonthier

Certification Haute Valeur Environnementale pour château Haut de Lerm Vignobles Gonthier

 

The vineyard overview shows a biodiversity balance between vines, grasslands and woods. New “ladies” less chatty but more stinging … have been set in a dozen beehives at Château Haut de Lerm,  in the small central wood. They complete this balance.

 

In summary, we have three main objectives :

  • optimize quantities and quality of vine treatment products,
  • reasonably manage the waste induced by our activity and improve reprocessing,
  • optimize energy and liquid requirements such as water, electricity, fuels,

 

and also, constantly challenge our agricultural practice and operation from vine up to bottling.
 

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