LEARN WHAT WE DO TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND PROMOTE THE BIODIVERSITY
We have teamed up with fellow winegrowers in Sury-en-Vaux to promote bat habitats around our vineyards. Bats are fantastic allies for us as they feed on insects, particularly on small grapevine moths whose larvae ravage the vines.
We grow grasses between the rows of vines to prevent erosion and to promote biodiversity.
We practise massal selection with our finest vine stocks. For new plantations or the replacement of dead vines, we choose a graft taken from our highest quality and most resistant vines. We also work with the selections supplied by Ceps Sicavac.
It’s not just to decorate our plots! Rosebushes planted at the ends of the rows of vines help us detect powdery mildew. This disease attacks the rosebushes first, which allows us to intervene before the vines are affected. This also avoids us having to use preventative treatments.
Working the soil
We plough beneath the vines to encourage the development of beneficial microorganisms in the soil.
Natural biological control agents
Typhlodromus are genus of predatory mites - grapevines’ natural allies - as they feed on other mites that damage the vines. We gather them on pieces of felt placed on old vines where they proliferate. These cloths are then transferred to our recently planted vines to speed up the development of their microbial ecosystem.