Conscientious Medoc wine-maker wins ecology award

Tue Nov 4, 2008 8:50am EST
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By Claude Canellas

BORDEAUX (Reuters Life!) - Medoc's largest vineyard won a special certificate last week that honors more than a decade of work toward durable development in wine-making.

The 225-hectare (556-acre) Château Larose Trintaudon at Saint-Laurent-Medoc in the area close to Bordeaux, is the first French wine house to get the certificate with the not so catchy name of AFAQ 1000 NT level 3.

"Larose Trintaudon has been committed to durable development since 1999," said Brice Amouroux, Larose's secretary-general.

"That has taken us to new working methods, especially in our use of natural resources, the way we deal with waste, and improvement of the working conditions, the way we sell our products and the transparency of what we do," he added.

The award may be new, but it is part of a growing trend for environmental winemaking in France driven by a traditional respect for nature and increasing consumer awareness.

There are specialized websites such as that sell wines which have been made without artificial fertilizers or pesticides and the Agriculture Ministry can grant the "AB label, which stands for Agriculture Biologique -- sustainable agriculture.

France has some 1,500 wine-growers who operate on biological grounds, though this adds up to only 1.5 percent of France's wine-growing areas.

Some ecological wine labels include Domaine Monthchovet in Burgundy and Domaine Grillet in Beaujolais and in Bordeaux Chateau Grand Renard, Jean-Marc Maugey, Chateau Ferrand, or Domaine Sainte Juste in Corbieres.   Continued...

<p>A man looks at a glass of Chateau Larose Trintaudon red wine in Saint Laurent Medoc, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, October 28, 2008. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau</p>