ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THE VINES
Maison Ruinart's relationship to nature, like the vine our champagne derives from, is deeply rooted. Our champagne depends on nature. It is our role and duty to protect it.
The impact of climate change on vines has accelerated and has become a major issue. Between 2003, when France experienced an alarming heatwave, and 2019, Champagne had five early harvests, starting in August instead of September.
As wine is made throughout the year, every moment in the vineyard can be crucial to the creation of a cuvée. The Maison celebrates nature by working passionately and respectfully with the fruit it provides. Beyond necessity, sustainability is a source of innovation and a driving force of creativity for Ruinart.
Ruinart’s commitment into sustainable viticulture dates back to the early 2000s, having gradually transformed its practices in its vineyards.
Over the past 15 years, the Maison has reduced its use of chemicals (fertilizers and phytosanitary products) by 50%, has halved its use of fungicides, and has become herbicide free last year.
Today, Ruinart systematically favors the use of alternative techniques, for example using biocontrol products or adapting the equipment used in the vineyards.
A KNOCK-ON EFFECT
Ruinart is committed to continuously improving its environmental performance by controlling its activities’ impacts.
Since 2007, Maison’s vineyards and facilities have been certified ISO 14001.
Since 2014, Moët Hennessy-Ruinart's vineyards have had a dual certification: High Environmental Value and Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne.
At the same time, Ruinart provides administrative and financial support to its suppliers in order to help them achieve this dual certification too.