Facing climate change

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Lowering carbon emissions is everyone’s responsibility and mitigating the effects of climate change is an imperative. At AdVini, we are aware of our role to play in reducing our emissions and capturing CO2 on our plots. We know we must prepare for these changes today by seeking greater resilience. In the years ahead, another challenge will be to cope with increasingly frequent droughts and other extreme climate events.   

Adapting to climate change with every tool available

The vineyards of tomorrow will need to adapt to climate change. Vineyards today must prepare by seeking greater resilience and adapting how we work.  

At AdVini, we contend better with drought by adapting our choices of grape varieties and rootstocks to plant. Certain varieties evaporate less water and are better at drawing it from the soil; these often-traditional varieties are the ones we choose for planting.  

In addition to variety choice, wine making practices in general have been adjusted over time. More shade can be provided to berries using a Gobelet system of vine training, for example. The direction in which rows are planted is also changing: winegrowers historically sought to maximize sunlight, but now tend to limit it as much as possible. These solutions completely redesign vineyard architecture to enhance vine function. 

Another tragic consequence of climate change is spring frosts. We work with the world of research and explore every possibility to find the most suitable solutions for each of our vineyards.

Terroir des Clos de Paulilles
In Paulilles, the savoir-faire of generation after generation of winegrowers has shaped the landscape and enabled the adaptation of wine growing to the exceptional conditions of the terroir. The result of this adaptation to extreme climate conditions is breathtaking

Reducing our carbon footprint

The world is changing, and so must vineyards, but upstream action is also needed against climate change. We achieve this using various levers to reduce the emissions associated with wine production.  

We are exploring every option available to consume less fossil fuel, including less frequent tilling and trying new technology like electric tractors and vineyard robots. We also do everything we can to reduce our energy consumption at our sites and take an ecologically sound approach to product design. 

Carbon capture and storage —for a very long time— in the soil, hedges, trees and other cover in our vineyards is one example of how we take our responsibilities seriously.   

The good news does not end there: carbon capture using the organic matter in soil adds new life and increases a soil’s ability to retain water! A virtuous circle is set in motion in which increased organic matter retains carbon in the soil and increases biodiversity and available water reserves, giving vines both greater access to nutrients and water and resiliency to hazards. These solutions enable us to attenuate and adapt to climate change.


Tracteur électrique vignes
We added electric tractors to our vineyards during the 2022 growing season to test their potential in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. Another positive effect is reduced engine noise and better working conditions for our tractor operators.