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For several years, Château Brown has been actively committed to a sustainable approach to winegrowing.
Our ‘virtuous circle’ dynamic has prompted us to try and take our environmental approach even further, and in 2012 we incorporated the EMS (Environmental Management System), a collective project launched by the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB). Since then, all staff have been trained and invested in an action plan that incorporates the EMS into daily management, in order to reduce our company’s environmental impact so as to obtain joint ISO 14001 certification.
Because today more than ever, transparency is vital, and because a wine’s environmental properties are just as important as its flavour properties, we have been submitting our wines to the Vins & Santé guide since 2018 – with encouraging results, as some of our wines have been guaranteed to contain no pesticide residue.
As another logical step, Château Brown then committed to the process of gaining HVE (High Environmental Value) certification, which it was granted in January 2018.
To obtain this certification we had to adhere to a precise set of specifications relating to biodiversity preservation, plant protection strategy and fertilisation management.
This provides further proof of our particularly environmentally-friendly approach.
The disappearance of pollinating insects such as bees is worrying. Bees are an essential part of our food chain, with 80% of crops dependant on pollination. To help stop this decline, we have chosen to protect bees by restoring their habitat and setting up several beehives on the uncultivated parts of our estate, since 2017. The bees’ presence has no effect on the quality of our wines, but they are the sign of a healthy vineyard and a limited use of pesticides.