Working with Reforest’Action, Maison Ruinart wanted to establish an ambitious biodiversity pilot project in its Taissy vineyard, which will be carried out using vitiforestry — that is to say, by applying agroforestry techniques to the vineyard. It’s a comprehensive approach, which is facilitated by its proximity to the existing Fort de Montbré forest area.
The first step, launched in March 2021, was to plant outer hedges. Next, there will be intra-plot hedges and islets intended to divide the plot with a complete grid without putting excessive pressure on the current vineyard and its operations.
Between 2021 and 2022, nearly 14,000 trees and shrubs will be planted, spread across 4.4 km of hedges and 800 m2 of islets. Local wood species have been privileged to greatly improve biodiversity and to provide habitats for fauna useful for growing vines (ladybugs, lacewings, birds, bats). These include hornbeams, hawthorns, dogwoods, viburnams, pussy willows, rowans, European spindles, beeches, and lindens.
The project also helps restore, at the landscape level, the harmony and naturalness of the Champagne vineyard, with its segmentation and its hedges, as might have existed three generations ago.