design for a sustainable future
What is in the glass? - Terra Vitis
Terra Vitis, this is not an organic certification but it indicates a wine made from sustainable agriculture with controlled use of pesticides. All year the vineyards are very carefully observed and if needed scientifically analysed. Pesticides and artificial fertilisers are only applied if and when needed. This approach allows for minimum use of artificial products and it also reduces the need to drive through the vineyards for mechanical weeding. Some of these wines are much healthier and environmentally friendly than many organic wines. It is also a cost saving approach to agriculture.
Terra Vitis was initially the brainchild of twenty or so winemakers in the Beaujolais area. The label symbolizes 'reasonable agriculture' in France. It was created in the 1990's as a response from institutions such as farming associations & unions to the then fast growing 'agriculture biologique' and its derrivatives. It is important to note that although standards and controls are very high, Terra Vitis is not managed and supported by the ministry of agriculture.
In 2000, Terra Vitis regrouped 700 Domaines which cover over 15,000 ha. The movement is often harshly criticised by the 'organics' and its approach is being dismissed. However with its high standards of quality and the limitation of damage to the environment the vintners produce wines which are potentially more environmentally friendly and sustainable than some products from the organic movement. The careful balance of looking after the land in a sustainable way and contemporary scientific methods enable high quality and maintains resources for future generations.
Domaine des Chesnaies are one of the most low key and humble wine producers in Anjou in the Loire Valley. They make fragrant Cabernet Franc and perfectly balanced dry and sweet Chenin Blancs in Côteaux du Layon. The wines are harmonious and deliver every single time. The Clos des Bonnes Blanches comes exclusively from the last sorting of the grapes on that particular Clos - powerful with hints of spices, pâte de fruits. The freshness and acidity keep the wine elegant and delicate. Chaume offers notes of honey, quince, kumquat and fresh mint. Again, great freshness and length. This is a textbook cru from the Layon.