Ardèche par nature
In Ardèche, nature is rich and diverse, and biodiversity is the cornerstone of the balance of our vineyard. But this balance is uncertain and threatened. We must be citizen actors and act collectively to protect and respect it.
Since 2016, our environmental approach Ardèche Par Nature® allows us to implement many actions to defend the wealth of our Ardèche heritage.
What we do
Fertilization and soil maintenance
Our fertilization is 100% organic to preserve the quality of our soil and respect biodiversity. We encourage plant species seeding between the vine rows to foster biodiversity, fight against greenhouse gases and limit soil erosion.
Reducing the use of agronomic products
To respect the environment, but also to preserve the health of our winegrowers, we develop mechanical and manual techniques to promote biodiversity in our vineyards. This helps to fight against pests and diseases naturally, and to maintain the ecological balance of the vineyard.
Water and waste management
We collect rainwater and install water-saving irrigation systems to provide the right quantities and protect natural water reserves.
Training of winegrowers
We support each one of them towards practices more respectful of humans and the environment through training sessions.
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« Spending time working and observing your vineyard helps you get to know it better and anticipate risks »« All these steps are aimed at preserving the soil, for my generation and for the generations that will follow. The goal is to leave a fertile land if one day my children take over. »
The Ardèche Par Nature® approach puts together 14 compulsory requirements and 10 options, among which are the installation of bat’s nesting-boxes which allow to fight naturally against certain pests of the vine, the plants seeding between the rows of vines to promote the presence of biodiversity in soils, the establishment of beehives next to some parcels of vineyards and the adaptation of cultural practices to preserve these species, and the establishment of a good neighbourhood charter to keep building a sense of community among local residents and grape growers.
25 winegrowers have chosen to join the initiative, and thus commit themselves to:
- Contribute to the valorisation of the natural territory of Ardèche.
- Respect and protect the water, air, flora and fauna of Ardèche.
- Work the vineyard in a sustainable way.
The protection of our environment
Ardèche Par Nature© also means protecting our resources beyond the vineyard.
"Bats are natural protectors of our vineyard; by hunting parasites from the vine, they help us to fight against pests naturally.
Patrice Raoux, winegrower in Sauveplantadefind out more
Actual witnesses to the health of our environment, bees play a vital role in maintaining plant biodiversity. Without pollinating insects, more than 70% of the plant species grown for our food (including almost all fruits, vegetables, oilseeds and protein crops, spices, coffee and cocoa) would be threatened.find out more
This discreet and little-known animal adapts to its environment, but also benefits from a very wide diet, which gives it an "umbrella" animal status: its direct protection benefits its habitats, its prey and to all his companions.find out more