Biodiversity

Nature’s intelligence

Respect for ecosystems implies a profound understanding of nature.

The Ferrand team is aware of its responsibilities to future generations, and best practices are a constant concern:

Soils tilled by hand

Grass cover between rows to maintain vine balance as well as possible

Precision work with aerial mapping (NDVI) of the vineyard after grape colour change to measure the vines’ strength

Harvesting by hand with prior selective sorting on the vine

A unique, protected site

The Ferrand vineyards are surrounded by ten hectares of woodland and meadows, unique for the Saint-Émilion region.

The estate and its protected park are home to rich endemic fauna, including deer, boar, migratory birds, hares and cranes.

The estate’s bees make their honey from flowers in the orchard, hedgerows, vegetable patch and aromatic plant garden.

Oak trees, most of which are two centuries old, cover more than two hectares.

Environmental certification

Ferrand has been committed to seeking environmental balance since 2012, and has held (annually renewed) Terra Vitis certification for the past seven years. The estate has also held HVE Level 3 environmental certification since 2018.

Good practice

The proportion of organic cultivation rises each year, currently standing at 25%

Anti-botrytis treatments were discontinued three years ago

Grass cover is managed via mechanical soil tilling

More than half of the phytosanitary schedule is based on an approved organic programme

No insecticides are used, with integrated pest management via mating disruption being the method of choice, organic certification (AB)

In addition, no herbicides have been used for more than fifteen years

No CMR products are used

The use of organic fertilisers from a local cattle farm, the planting of fallow fields, and the installation of hives highlight this environmental approach

Perfectly attuned human intervention
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