HOW WE PROTECT OUR LANDS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW
In his 22 years with Chandon, Winegrowing Director Carlos Danti has witnessed the growing importance of more sustainable farming practices in winemaking.
“I studied sustainability later in my career. It wasn't something that was so important at the beginning,” said Carlos. “There has been a learning curve in many aspects.” Now he consistently looks for ways to make our growing process more sustainable — even if it makes it more challenging.
Many of these improvements have created ways to work with our surrounding ecosystem to rely less on adding anything unnatural to our environment. We not only work on the land; we work with the land.
“Actually, what we are doing is we're trying to understand nature at a different level,” said Carlos. “We’ve learned how to intervene in the ecosystem as little as possible and reduce changes to natural balances.”
In Part 2 of our series, we’ll explore how our farming practices work in harmony with our lands — and how we’re working to care for the planet.
WE MANAGE OUR ECOSYSTEM CAREFULLY AND RESPONSIBLY
We understand that our vines are only a part of the larger ecosystem where our lands lie and work in harmony with it while also maintaining conditions that are ideal for growing our grapes.
WE'RE COMMITTED TO ZERO-WASTE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
It’s our goal to become zero-waste at the winery, and we’re working to recycle every material we can. When we pull out selected blocks of the vineyard for replanting, we’re left with organic matter, metal, and some limited plastic. We separate all of these for recycling — and we’re phasing out plastic altogether in favor of biodegradable options.
REUSING ORGANIC MATTER
We also utilize the vines and other organic matter to create biochar, which produces a carbon-rich material that’s great for conditioning our soil to hold water for the next vintage.
We’ve even identified opportunities to utilize renewable energy wherever possible. When we pump water to the vineyard, it doesn’t require much energy, but we’ve installed solar panels to offset any energy this consumes.
REUSING REDUCED FOSSIL FUELS MATTER
In an effort to minimize any use of fossil fuels, we’ve been exploring the possibility of implementing electric tractors in our vineyards as the technology becomes more widely available. We’re not only committed to our lands; we want to help take care of the planet.