South of France winery Gérard Bertrand has told Imbibe that it plans to farm all its estate wines biodynamically by 2021.
‘We have 600 hectares, 400 of which are currently biodynamic, but the plan is to have everything farmed that way within five years,’ export manager François Pages told Imbibe.
The company, set up by former French rugby international Gérard Bertrand, is already the biggest biodynamic wine estate in France, and may well be the biggest in the world. It is two years into the seven years required for certification of the remaining 200 hectares of vines.
‘It’s expensive becoming organic and biodynamic – a big shift in how you see your vineyard,’ says Pages. ‘But biodynamics especially makes a difference to the flavour. It’s the epitome of terroir; the connection between the land and the human.’
Gérard Bertrand owns 11 estates in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, including Château l'Hospitalet, Domaine des Cathares, Château Aigues Vives, and its most recent acquisition, Clos d'Ora.