From vineyard to grapes
‟Domaine Laroche is involved in a large-scale approach of sustainability that implies an environment-friendly viticulture.
Let us explain further. It all relies on taking the relationship between vine, soil, climate and environment into account. We therefore observe that if plants are well-balanced, we can reduce treatments significantly, as they can naturally fight against pests and diseases.
We have our own specifications relying on a few simple principles: no weed killers, no pesticides, no anti-botrytis treatments. Those must help vine and not disturb their general balance or the ripening of grapes. We experiment natural treatments using nettle and valerian and it looks very efficient.”
From grapes to wine
‟Considering environment for viticulture only has little sense. In the winery, we use the same simple principles: minimal treatments, reduction of power consumption and use of rainfall water.
If you really want to take environment into account in your daily work, you need skilled people. You can’t insist too much on this. They help to build new experiences. We encourage apprenticeship, because it helps to transmit manual work on to new generations.”