Bordeaux Sustainable Vineyard in Saint-Emilion
For the past 5 years, Terre de Vins magazine, in partnership with the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux (CIVB), has been organising the Bordeaux Committed Vineyard Awards.
This event rewards and highlights the commitments and virtuous practices put in place by players in the Bordeaux wine industry.
Saint-Emilion wines were particularly in the spotlight in 2023. Hikes, educational workshops, the Biotope Festival, prize-winners… Here’s a look back at the 5th Bordeaux Committed Vineyard !
Bordeaux Committed Vineyard walk in Saint-Emilion
For the first edition of the Bordeaux Committed Vineyard walk, Terre de Vins magazine naturally thought of Saint-Emilion!
It has to be said that the environment and the development of virtuous practices are deeply rooted in the DNA of the winegrowers of the Saint-Emilion appellations.
In 2023, the specifications for the Saint-Emilion appellations were amended to include the requirement for environmental certification. The aim is to reach the target of 100% of Saint-Emilion vineyard being certified.
The Saint-Emilion vineyards - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Two trails of 5 and 9 km were proposed to the 470 hiker who took part in the event on Sunday, June 4th.
It was an opportunity to (re)discover the vineyards, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural landscapes from a new angle. For the occasion, some of the Châteaux opened their doors and offered educational workshops for walkers. Carbon footprint, biodiversity, human-friendly practices… Participants in the Bordeaux Committed Vineyard walk were able to see for themselves the environmental commitment of Saint-Emilion’s winegrowers.
At the end of their loop, sophro tasting workshops, discovery workshops with the Bordeaux Wine School and foodtrucks (including the Saint-Emilion Wine Trip) awaited the walkers.
A walk to support environmental practices
Admission was charged, and the event raised over €1,400. The entire amount was donated to the Biotope Festival association.
The Biotope Festival in Saint-Emilion
The Biotope Festival, an association set up a few years ago in Saint-Emilion, aims to awaken and support changes in practices that are aware of environmental and social issues.
Trophées Bordeaux Vignoble Engagé
Back to Bordeaux, at the Cité du Vin, to attend the 5th Bordeaux Committed Vineyard awards ceremony.
On Monday 5 June, key players in the Bordeaux winegrowing sector gathered to discover the 2023 winners. Among the awards:
- The Jury’s Coup de Coeur was awarded to the Epicu’rions association for their collective approach (a prize that the Saint-Emilion Wine Council received in 2021).
- The Gold Award in the Footprint category went to the Saint-Emilion Producers’ Union (UDP), represented by its President, Blandine Benedetti.
- Lastly, the trophy for the most committed winegrower of the year was awarded to Noémie Tanneau of Château St Ferdinand (Lussac Saint-Emilion)! It’s a wonderful award for this winegrower, who represents and promotes the values and the environmental commitments of Saint-Emilion wines!
Discover all the prizes and winners of the Bordeaux Vignoble Engagé 2023 Trophies.
From left to right, Noémie Tanneau – Château St-Ferdinand, Jean-François Galhaud – President of the Saint-Emilion Wine Council, Blandine Benedetti – President of the Saint-Emilion Producers’ Union