On Monday, June 24, 2019, Champagne Barnaut succesfully received both High Environmental Value (HVE) and Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne (VDC) certifications!
It was my decision to work toward acquiring these two certifications.
Each one has its own requirements, but both evaluate our efforts to preserve our environment
while maintaining both technical and qualitative efficiency.
This is a response to the objectives which are considered as priorities by our profession:
- The control of phytosanitary inputs and their potential effects on health and the environment.
- The preservation and promotion of terroir, of biodiversity and landscapes.
- The responsible management of water, drainage, by-products and waste.
- The energy and climate challenge.
We are judged on 124 elements concerning how we implement agronomics and perform ecologically as well a
s on our operation in its entirety, with required results
Our environmental impact (air, climate, water, soil, biodiversity, landscapes etc.) of these practices is verified and considered to be reduced to a minimum.
The rating of our best practices includes the following topics:
- The respect of biodiversity, with undisturbed areas in which hedges, trees and fallows flourish, allowing wildlife, flora and insects to reinvest the natural environment.
- The methods of protection against disease for the vineyard and grapes, with a minimal allowance for the use of of pesticides and manures.
- Water management and soil maintenance, verification of good agricultural practices concerning planting of the vineyard, using alternatives to herbicides, the use of natural soil enhancers, and the conservation of soil life.
- The carbon footprint.
These certifications are reviewed every 18 months. Each time, a progress plan is established, requiring us to continually improve upon these actions
My team and I are proud to participate in this quest toward greater respect for the environment, quality of our production
and the preservation of Champagne Hillsides
, Houses and Cellars, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.It is our duty to transmit this treasure built and entrusted by our ancestors to our children