Domaine Bousquet becomes first winery outside US to gain ROC status
Argentinian wine producer and exporter Domaine Bousquet has earned Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) status.
The certification makes Domaine Bousquet one of only four wineries to do so to date, and the first outside the US to meet ROC’s requirements.
The California-based Regenerative Organic Alliance, which has the motto: ‘Farm like the world depends on it,’ has adopted USDA organic standards as a baseline, which means that gaining ROC status requires certification in three areas: soil health and land management, animal welfare, and farmer and worker fairness.
Domaine Bousquet co-owner and CEO Anne Bousquet said: “Individual farmers and agricultural entities seeking to fight climate change and campaign for social justice are to be respected, but they cannot move the needle on their own.”
Bousquet added: “If we are to make a meaningful difference, then we must work together, and ROC certification effectively unites all sectors of farming.”
Founded in 1997, Domaine Bousquet has farmed organically from the very beginning and its wines are made from 100% certified organic grapes, with some, such as Domaine Bousquet’s Virgen collection and Alavida Kosher Malbec, also USDA Organic-certified.
Additionally, all Domaine Bousquet wines are vegan-certified and the winery is ‘Fair for Life’ certified to – providing worker educational opportunities at its remote Gualtallary Andean home and has also helped build new roads, instituted a strong employee benefits system and focuses on promoting from within.
The winery is also a founding member of the London-based ‘Sustainable Wine Roundtable,’ whose goal is to create a global standard for sustainability within the wine industry.
The other three wineries currently with ROC status are: Fetzer Vineyards (CA), Tablas Creek Vineyard (CA) and Troon Vineyard (OR).