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Moët Hennessy awarded new organic certification

Three of Moët Hennessy’s estates have received fresh organic certifications, furthering the company’s sustainability goals through its ‘Living Soils Living Together’ programme.

One of the certifications applies to Moët Hennessy’s Chateau Galoupet estate in the French Riviera, which has been awarded an organic producer status from Qualisud, the country-wide body for accreditation, following its work on soil regeneration and soil health initiatives.

The news means that all of Chateau Galoupet’s 69-hectare vineyard and winemaking activity is now classified as organic, and will now be applied from its 2023 vintage onwards.

Previously, the company has also said it will stop the use of herbicides in its Champagne vineyards, under its Living Soils programme, and has won a db green award for its work in the area, following its first World Living Soils Forum in June last year. Additionally, Moët has invested €20m in a new research centre in Champagne devoted to scientific research around sustainable viticulture.

Another certification has been given to two wine estates in Argentina, Chandon Argentina and Terrazas de Los Andes, which have been awarded a Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) status from the non-profit organisation Regenerative Organic Alliance for its own soil health and regenerative farming.

Moët said the status was based on the three pillars of soil health and land management, animal welfare and work fairness, and has seen 97 hectares of the companies wineries in Argentina become ROC-certified with the goal of reaching 100|% by 2026 for Terrazas de Los Andes and 2027 for Chandon Argentina.

Chairman and CEO of Moët Hennessy said the certifications ‘validates the transformative work’ done on soil management and its ‘commitment to provide our consumers with even better wines and spirits’.

The awards were described as ‘key steps’ by the company’s chief sustainability officer, Sandrine Sommer.

She said: “These two certifications are key steps to decrease our environmental footprint while regenerating our soils and taking care of our winegrowers. Obtaining these 2 labels in France and in Argentina does not only validate our sustainable practices but also enhances the vineyards’ credibility as responsible actors in our field. It will also help further involve our stakeholders in our Living Soils Living Together programme.”

The company also said a second World Living Soils Forum is due to be held in 2024 to ‘continue its endeavour to be a catalyst for discussions and solutions’ around soil health.

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