The Ducourt family is always seeking solutions to reduce its environmental impact and launched the conversion into organic farming of 81.5 acres in 2020. This vineyard has a new dedicated structure: Ducourt Vins Bio.
This is a new step in the Ducourt family’s commitment to sustainable and environmentally-friendly viticulture. Philippe Ducourt explains this choice:
“We have been thinking about this for a long time, planting disease-resistant grape varieties in 2014 was already in the context of drastic reductions of our treatments. The second part of our thinking was focused on working-soil tools, because organic farming does not allow the use of herbicides. We acquired soil-working tools, we have tried different routes and now we are ready!”
This conversion implies that all the inputs of the vine have to be certified Organic farming (plant protection, fertilizers, etc.), but also all the oenological products of the wine.
“It’s another building block,” says Jérémy Ducourt. “All of our vineyards are certified High Environmental Value since 2017, we have invested in recovery sprayer, we promote biodiversity through the planting of hedges or the installation of hives and we are also part of the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) pilot group of the CIVB. At our level, we strive every day to improve our practices.”
Florie Anne de la Giroday, Administrative and Financial Manager, said: “The one-time conversion of our entire 1186 acres (480 hectares) was a huge investment for our family and our team, the financiel risk was too high with lots of uncertainties. That’s why we chose to go step by step by creating Ducourt Vins Bio.”
The next step? Speed up the conversion of our other vineyards. It is already planned to grow to 50 organic hectares by 2026, but we are looking for longer-term solutions to convert the entire vineyard to organic farming, 1186 acres. Our goal is to offer wines for all people and always more respectful of the environment.