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Integration in local community life

Integration in local community life

The Caves de la Loire wine cellar in Brissac sponsors 21 Associations, allowing for greater involvement in community life as well as the pleasure of welcoming visitors.

As proof: InterLoire has honored the winery with the title of "Caves touristiques, Vignobles et Découvertes", an award that showcases the winery's teamwork.

Annual investments

Annual investments

In order to maintain a modern and performant equipment in the winery, we invest each year between 2 and 3% of the annual turnover. During the year 2014-2015, a new project has been created : the diminution of greenhouse gas or even a depalletiser robot (help for work at bottling chain) which is an invest of 1 million euros.

Teaching children

Teaching children

Fall 2012: Every year, we welcome more than 250 children (11 classes) who want to learn about vine cultivation and the winemaking process as well as participate in harvesting grapes.

This helps these children understand the stakes involved in preserving the vineyards, the economic hub of the Baixas village.

Ergonomic Workstations

Ergonomic Workstations

The workstations created for the new production workshops were ergonomically designed to simplify and streamline the operations of the pilot machines.

The operators are now able to work using touch screen automatons, freeing themselves from tasks that were physically and ergonomically taxing (assembling and dismantling flexible production lines, using numerous manual valves, handling chemical products…).

A customer perennial at Cave de Lugny

A customer perennial at Cave de Lugny

We want to build up a customer capital perennial and so increase our brand image and reputation. For achieve this objective, we have developed some years ago a double strategy. One is based on a horizontal segmentation with an adaptation on different distribution sectors (large presence on the french mass retail) and the other one is vertical to multiply and diversify our offer and so better answer to the customer's needs.

Implementation of an energy management program.

Implementation of an energy management program.

To show our level of commitment to Sustainable Development, we have decided to monitor our energy consumption through two initiatives:

Carbon footprint audit:

We wanted to know how our business activities have an impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. Our study covered the full scope of our activity, from growing grapes to shipping our wine to the end customer.
This audit is in line with the satisfaction standards of the VDD initiative. Moreover, it is an effective analysis and decision-making tool that will help us make eco-responsible technological choices.
It may also be used as a sales argument with certain mass distribution customers.

Participation in the METEOR program:

We were chosen by the steering committee of the Languedoc Roussillon Chamber of Commerce and Industry to participate in a program to diminish our dependency on fossil fuels. More specifically, a specialized research firm will assist our cellar for one and a half years in order to implement measures that will reduce our energy consumption.

The METEOR program will be compatible with the Action Plan of our Carbon footprint audit. It will allow us to increase our competitiveness and economic performance, while diminishing our carbon footprint.

Recuperation of heat

Recuperation of heat

Recuperation of heat generated by cooling units to heat up the sparkling wine vat-room

A new site in line with our sustainable development commitments

A new site in line with our sustainable development commitments

Since April 2012, the Moulin de la Roque has reaped the benefits of having an eco-designed building.

  • It is successfully integrated into the landscape with a green roof, dry stone walls in local colors and a showcase vineyard that frames the buildings.
  • A choice of energy-efficient building materials (single wall bricks, dry stone walls) is used.
  • Naturally cool wine storage and maturation room (the cellar is partially underground with natural cool air circulation).
  • Easier working and visitor welcoming conditions.
Electric car!

Electric car!

In October 2014, Vignerons de Caractère enter in electric transport! The wine cellar invests in a new car entirely electric and in an electric terminal placed on Vignerons de Caractère's area at Vacqueyras!
The first solar farm in Roussillon

The first solar farm in Roussillon

Since January 2012, Vignobles Dom Brial has become the first farm in Roussillon with 2,000 m2 of solar panels on the cellar's roof. The energy supplied corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of 150 households.

This project was followed by the renovation and insulation of all of the cellars' rooftops (4,000 m2), thus diminishing our energy consumption.

Participation and involvment of employees in Loire Propriétés

Participation and involvment of employees in Loire Propriétés

Each year, we organised a workshop on 2 days where the commercial teams and managers in Loire Propriétés meet each others to start the next campaign objectives. In the end of October 2015, we meet each others in Talmont Saint-Hilaire for the campaign 2015-2016 launch. The first day had the goal to set the objectives, motivate the teams on the issues and present the news and the ambitions for the future. The day after, the teams have participated at a training on the optimism organised by an external agency.

Develop the intern communication in the way to generate the pride of each other !

Develop the intern communication in the way to generate the pride of each other !

Thanks to Point Info Vignoble, the intern contacts, journalist or even commercial partners are informed of what is happening in the vineyard, in winery but also on the actions made in favor of the sustainable development. It is the occasion for all the employees to know what is happenning around the wine growers and in our vineyards all year long ! 

Optimized packaging

Optimized packaging

Since 2009, Loire Propriétés has chosen to use lighter cork stoppers and lighter bottles. This decision resulted in a significant savings of dry matter, with a reduction of nearly 4 Tons of stoppers between 2009 and 2010, and a savings of 30 Tons of glass per year, at constant volume levels.

Several other decisions were made along these lines; for example, the purchase of a new BIB filling machine that has enabled us to produce supple BIB containers without a cardboard box or use shorter valves.

Water conservation

Water conservation

Sieur d’Arques has installed process water recycling systems in its new sparkling wine production workshops, used to wash and rinse the bottles as well as for the automatic machine and circuit cleaning processes.

As compared to our old production tool, these new systems will enable us to save 30% in water consumption.

Committed to Organic farming since 1989

Committed to Organic farming since 1989

Today, 19 % of the vineyards are Organic, i.e. over 200 hectares.

Implementation of a network for recuperating cork stoppers

Implementation of a network for recuperating cork stoppers

Implementation of a network for recuperating cork stoppers, in partnership with the association of cork harvesters

Optimization of packaging to reduce our environmental impact

Optimization of packaging to reduce our environmental impact

All wine ranges were specially designed to maximally reduce their impact on the environment: PEFC certified printing process, natural glue, cork stoppers, discontinued use of wine box spacers, creation of a new eco-bottle…

  • Cardboard optimization during "glass/glass" transition has enabled us to save 25 tons of cardboard and 16 tons of CO2.
  • The new eco-bottle allows us to save nearly 20% in glass weight, 97 tons of CO2 and 15% in transportation costs.

Find out more: boutique.vigneronsdecaractere.com/animation/index.html

Preserving water resources

Preserving water resources

The Cave du Razès winery advises and assists its cooperative members in creating filling and cleaning areas for farm equipment, fitted with a phytosanitary effluent treatment system.
Hence, these installations prevent water contaminated with phytosanitary product residue to be released into the natural environment. The first installations were set up in 2011.

Since 2008, the Cave du Razès winery has implemented a natural evaporative treatment system out of concern for our impact on the environment. 6 wastewater treatment ponds were built, which has allowed us to treat all of our effluents without releasing them into the natural environment. Moreover, we have set up a treatment system to prevent odor emissions and protect the surrounding area from odor pollution.

Collection of cork stoppers and plastic caps

Collection of cork stoppers and plastic caps

Acting as a role model and raising awareness of environmental preservation and initiatives to save our Earth's resources

The Cave de Tain operates a collection facility for plastic caps that benefits the local "26 Plein les Yeux" association in the Drome region and cork stoppers for recycling in collaboration with Amorim France.

For further information, upload our most recent Sustainable Development report: www.cavedetain.com/vin/developpement-durable.cfm

Social action for the benefit of the Fire Department

Social action for the benefit of the Fire Department

In July 2012, we presented the President of the French Fireman's Orphans Fund with a check in the amount of €19,268.

Initiated by one of our winegrowers who is a professional firefighter, this initiative was favorably received by all of our members, motivating us to participate in this noble cause. This last contribution brings the total amount to €162,767 collected over the past 15 years, making us the most senior and most loyal supporters of this charity, according to its president Pierre Mazure.

Keeping the land in check to ensure the future of our structure

Keeping the land in check to ensure the future of our structure

The future of our structure and the continued high quality of our viticulture represent a real challenge.

Since 2010, our cellar has been studying initiatives intended to help our winegrowers and vineyards continue to flourish in a context in which there is significant pressure.

Thanks to a collaborative effort between the Université d’Aix Marseille and Coop de France, the first "tool box" will soon be made available for individual assistance with operation set up and development (technical, economic, social), as well as putting partners in contact.

 

Revitalisation of the vineyard

Revitalisation of the vineyard

Each year sinon 2013, year of the 80th birthday of Cave de Tain, the Cave de Tain inaugurated an ephermeral exhibition of Land Art during the summer. These exhibitions profit of an excellent landscape ; La colline de l'Hermitage. The goal is to use the inspiration of some artists to create links between art and wild.

Open the eyes of the visitors on the vineyard, it is also Sustainable development !

Reducing the environmental impact of our packaging

Reducing the environmental impact of our packaging

Since 2009 and our carbon footprint audit, our packaging activity has been reduced by:

  • Using lighter bottles for our entire production.
  • Using cardboard boxes with double corrugation, including micro corrugation.
  • Using Imprim Vert certified printers.
Environmental preservation

Environmental preservation

In 2012, our winegrowers were able to test the sexual confusion method to fight against butterflies on the Crest Petit plots, instead of using vine phytosanitary treatments.

Reduction in the use of phytosanitary treatments

Reduction in the use of phytosanitary treatments

Natural ground cover

80% of our vines have natural ground cover (at least every other row). Natural ground cover is an alternative to chemical weeding, helping to reduce run-off, erosion and the transfer of phytosanitary products.

Sexual confusion

Les Caves de la Loire winegrowers (mainly for our Estates) have experimented with a brand new way of combating the use of insecticide over an area of 91 hectares: sexual confusion. The use of hormones helps diminish the mating process between male and female butterflies, resulting in fewer eggs, fewer caterpillars and consequently, in reduced damage to the grapes. The sexual confusion method has numerous advantages: no toxicity for the users, respect for secondary fauna, absence of residue on the grapes and no harmful impact on the environment.

Foster leaning

Foster leaning

Since 2003, all the employees realize an annual interview (at the end of the year) to dialogue on theirs needs, kowledges, evolution wishes, ... These interviews are based on a learning plan in Cave de Tain. For 2013, there were 32 employees who have done a learning, on 550 hours. Moreover, each hiring is accompagnied by a visit of Cave de Tain and a learning on the actions linked to the sustainable development. 

It is also between 10 and 15 interns who are welcoming each year. They are welcomed in the winery, in the vineyard or even in marketing or trade. The wine growers in Cave de Tain take the opportunity of the harvest to transmit their know-how to the young agronomist engineers and to the young oenologist. Came from all over the world, these young peoples learn the wine-making specifications of our unique grapes ; La Syrah.

In 2015, Cave de Tain has also help the local employment : for the harvest, the team has integrate the employees of a fruit farm, a good way to develop the synergy between two additional activities in the region.

Resource Conservation

Resource Conservation

Emphasis is placed on maintaining and recycling light sources within the company. Lighting units have been replaced by energy saving lamps, helping us to save 5.5 tons of CO2.

At Vignerons de Caractère, 100% of waste is selectively sorted. 80% is recovered or recycled.

For the past several years, a Tangential Filter has been installed in the cellar, allowing us to reduce water consumption and avoid the harmful effects of traditional earth filters, which may cause cancer.

25% waste reduction.

25% waste reduction.

Over 90% of our waste is sorted and managed (recovery and shared transportation)

New layout in Vignerons de Caractère's store

New layout in Vignerons de Caractère's store

In the Vignerons de Caractere’s store We  set up a new layout in order to improve working conditions and to reduce risk of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

Consequently, shop furniture are now adapted to employees well-being and reduce pains due to RSI. For example, we placed a specific mat behind the tasting bar to stimulate venous circulation and to limit backaches.

Growers in Sustainable Development's commitments are also improvements in working conditions!
Preservation of natural ressources

Preservation of natural ressources

Glass is a recyclable raw material and it is essential in our job. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, we opt a new ecological bottle. 

With a reduction of the bottle's weight of 65g, we saved 368.25 tonnes of glasses each year (932 000 bottles) !

Encourage the local economy

Encourage the local economy

Anxious to defend our local and regional economy, we choose our major suppliers (bottles, caps, labels, boxes, ...) in Burgundy. Nowadays, it represents 50% of the total volume of our annual purchases.

Assist young growers

Assist young growers

One of the missions of the Cave de Tain and its board of directors is to kindle vocations and to help young people to settle.

In 2013, The Wine Cellar assistes Nadège, Sebastien, Xavier and Clément in settle in Cornas and Saint-Péray PDO. They canned deliver their first grappes!

 

Photo : Nadège, Sebastien, Xavier and Clément in company with Xavier Gomart, The Wine Cellar Director. 

Promoting the value of its heritage and ancestral know-how

Promoting the value of its heritage and ancestral know-how

Since 2011, the Cave de Tain has offered a pedestrian discovery route of Hermitage vineyards "In the footprints of Gambert”, which can also be viewed via a fun and instructive mobile application: explore-hermitage.mobi

For further information, upload our most recent Sustainable Development report: www.cavedetain.com/vin/developpement-durable.cfm

Dry stone workshop for the winegrowers

Dry stone workshop for the winegrowers

Prompted by Sieur d’Arques and Limoux Cru, the winegrowers are learning dry stone techniques. This initiative is part of the Biodiversity and Landscape program conducted by the winegrowers in the Limoux region.

Several workshops, run by specialists intent on passing down their know-how to the participants, have been organized in the form of an on-site training center, on land made available by the Cournanel town hall. The project will result in a new hut built on the edge of the Limoux vineyards. This is an opportunity for the winegrowers to celebrate the very essence of their terroir by using two different types of bedrock found in the vineyards: sandstone and limestone.

Reduction of consumption

Reduction of consumption

Reduction of consumption :

  • water: -36 %
  • electricity: -12 %
  • fuel: -45 %
Integration in local community life

Integration in local community life

In September 2012, the largest international Photojournalism festival opened its doors.

As its loyal supporter for the past 12 years, we have worked hand in hand with volunteers to welcome photo-reporters from around the world. This was our opportunity to support a key event in local activities while introducing journalists from around the world to our culture.

Tests on tractors

Tests on tractors

We test our growers tractors on regulary bases in order to optimize settings and way of driving.

The aim is to achieve fuel economy and reduce emissions of greenhouse gas emissions.

Thos tests are one of the response to the GINKO actions plan.

Internal communication and transparency

Internal communication and transparency

An innovative extranet system was developed in 2009 to facilitate communication between the Cave de Tain and its associates-cooperative members as well as reduce paper use. The system provides users with access to data related to their operations, allows them to directly save their cultivation practices and consult statutes, rules of procedure, farming recommendations, together with all information on the company's culture.

Implementation of an education plot

Implementation of an education plot

In 2013, an educational plot located at the entrance of Bedoin will be set up. 

The goal behind this plot is to:

  • Highlight the day-to-day working practices of winegrowers,
  • Allow the public (schools, local population, summer visitors, communities, journalists…) to learn more about viticulture and the growing cycle of local grape varieties,
  • Promote local products, terroirs and know-how,
  • Test new techniques and growing programs for winemakers.

It will be a showcase for the "Vignerons du Mont Ventoux" know-how.

“Reasoned” agriculture implemented for 100% of our vineyards and organic conversion for some

“Reasoned” agriculture implemented for 100% of our vineyards and organic conversion for some

For more sustainable soil, the winery conducted a biodiversity analysis of its lands and undertakes initiatives to preserve and promote this aspect.

For further information, upload our most recent Sustainable Development report: www.cavedetain.com/vin/developpement-durable.cfm

2009 installation of a tangential filter

2009 installation of a tangential filter

A solution to economic, social and environmental concerns.
  • Economic: greater time savings and qualitative optimization of work.
  • Social: elimination of dust-related health risks. The soil has been replaced by metal filters.
  • Environmental: filter rinse water is recycled for cleaning the soil.
Commitment to well-being at work

Commitment to well-being at work

Vignerons de Caractère are particularly active in the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in collaboration with the agricultural social mutual fund MSA (Mutuelle Sociale Agricole) and ACT Méditerranée.

In addition, in 2012 Vignerons de Caractère and MSA sealed a partnership focused on occupational risk prevention.

Solar roof installation

Solar roof installation

We are currently installing solar panels on our rooftops. This green energy is exclusively resold to EDF. The benefits help "Les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux" winery invest in the safety and quality of its products and staff.

Hiking trails through the 4 Terroirs

Hiking trails through the 4 Terroirs

In the Summer of 2012, 4 hiking trails were created in the Limoux vineyards.

These hikes, which take place on weekends during the summer and are led by a professional guide and winegrower, are made available to the public. They were designed to introduce the Limoux vineyards and its topography, fauna, flora, remarkable sites and the working practices used in vine growing to visitors. This initiative by Sieur d’Arques is perfect for both tourists and local residents and ends with a friendly meal with the winegrowers, who serve the cellar's wines.

VTS Infos

VTS Infos

An internal publication  called "VTS Infos" is achieved every 6 months. It informs the whole staff (from current employees to the formers) about the commercial activity and the social life in the winery.

- Communication at all the interlocutors of the company,

- 700 copies diffused by year.

Creation of an

Creation of an "estate bottled wine" center at the cellar

In addition to its traditional wine production activity for the wine trade, Cave St Maurice developed a line of wines in 2012 that are estate bottled. This decision was prompted by the local population's growing demand for greater recognition for the quality work carried out by our winegrowers.

Our first line currently consists of 5 products distributed in the traditional wine shop, café, hotel and restaurant sector.

A new line under development will feature different styles, including the first Organic St Maurice cuvées.

Gamme

The estate bottled wines are an essential element of recognition for the vineyard, as they represent a communication tool and convey our producers' expertise. They are an identifying element for the producers' work and a factor of progress within the winery. The creation of this new Center also required the hiring of an additional staff member to ensure that this project was a great success.

Social and solidarity measures

Social and solidarity measures

Support for the France Cancer Association by collecting cork stoppers.

Between 2004 and 2008, cancer was the leading cause of mortality in men and ranked second for women. In women, breast cancer is responsible for the greatest number of deaths, ahead of colorectal and lung cancer. In men, lung cancer has the highest fatality rate, ahead of colorectal and prostate cancer. (Source: National cancer institute)

Installation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in our boutique, which welcomes over 50,000 visitors per year:

It is estimated that cardiac arrests are responsible for about 50,000 sudden deaths per year. Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of mortality in France. According to the French Council of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CFRC), early defibrillation is one of the necessary conditions for survival. In fact, the survival rate in studies that used defibrillation in the first minutes following cardiac arrest was 85% and up (against 3 to 5 % if nothing was done).
Vignerons de Caractère have therefore invested in an AED and 14% of its employees regularly receive training in first aid and how to use this type of equipment.

Reducing energy consumption

Reducing energy consumption

In 2010, the Cave du Razès winery decided to have an assessment drawn up of its global energy consumption. To do so, it appointed bureau VERITAS to conduct an energy analysis. This highlighted progressive measures that have been implemented, such as the decision-making tools for our current and future investments.

The first investments, linked to the modernization and reorganization of our cooling units, were made and set up during the 2012 harvest.

Reduction in water consumption

Reduction in water consumption

Since 2000, the Cave de Tain has reduced water consumption by 10 in its cellar and hence diminished the quantity of wastewater sent to the treatment station. Within this framework, it has set up an extremely active partnership with the town of Tain l’Hermitage, as well as has a "river agreement", a collective initiative to manage phytosanitary effluents on sanitary operations. The estate that owns the Winery in the Hermitage appellation region is independent in terms of its water needs as it collects rainwater from roofs.

Management system through the quality

Management system through the quality

Since 2000, a management system through the quality has been set up. With 4 annual meetings, each people in charge of the quality follows and analyses process. By this way, we ensure some remedial or preventive actions.

- 75 indicators ensure the guarantee of durability for a management through the quality ! 

Production of 12,000m² of solar panels

Production of 12,000m² of solar panels

Production of 12,000m² of solar panels, covering 50% of the winery's energy needs

Encouraging environmentally-friendly agricultural practices

Encouraging environmentally-friendly agricultural practices

Since 2010, the Cave du Razès winery has set up a differentiated payment plan based on environmental elements (grass strips, manual or mechanical pruning, participation in the collection of phytosanitary product packaging for recycling, adapting fertilizers to plant needs...).

The goal is to use financial stimuli to encourage a significant panel of cooperative members to employ agricultural practices with a lower impact on the environment, which have been identified by farm audits and carbon footprint monitoring tests.

Training, an important axis !

Training, an important axis !

Training have an important axis at Cave de Lugny and each year plenty of hours are made available for each services. Moreover, with the support of some schools, we contribute to the training of some young graduate, so : 

- 5 apprenticeships

- 1 professionalisation contracts 

have been made in the Cave de Lugny since 2012.

Rehabilitation of façades using wooden cladding

Rehabilitation of façades using wooden cladding

In accordance with our eco-responsible commitment, we hired the R&B Architectes firm to design a renovation project for our buildings.

Wooden cladding made from cedar was chosen for the sustainable rehabilitation process.  The essence, which contains tannins that naturally protect the fiber from xylophages, comes from the neighboring Vaucluse Department. The timber, directly taken from the Mont Ventoux renewable forests, was processed by Les Charpentiers d’Uzès, located less than 10 km from the winery. Our collaboration with these two local companies has considerably reduced energy expenses and promoted the local eco-construction industry.

The 27 mm thick boards (rough sawnwood for longer sustainability) were directly placed over the old metal siding.

While providing the buildings with thermal protection, this wooden cladding shows that the winery is endeavoring to ecologically and responsibly streamline its production tool.

Preservation of the Vineyard and its biodiversity

Preservation of the Vineyard and its biodiversity

Since 2004, Vignerons de Caractère have developed sustainable and organic agriculture in over 80% of the vineyards. Analysis of operations to assist with achieving sustainable development and sustainable development training workshops for winegrowers are regularly conducted.

The winery is also committed to reintroducing honey culture and hives in the vineyards.  In fact, bees, an essential element in nature’s life cycle and biodiversity, have been declared an endangered species in the Vaucluse region.

Integration of disabled workers

Integration of disabled workers

Since 2011, in our temporary employment policy, we prefer to employ disabled workers. We collaborate with an specialized agency Intersection in Charnay-Lès-Mâcon. In 2014, we obtain 82 days of work so a little more of 4 months full-time equivalent.

External communication at Cave de Lugny !

External communication at Cave de Lugny !

Communicate is essential, it is why Cave de Lugny is supported by an agency. This agency realized all year long press releases for consumer or professional press. In 2014, we already write : 

- 3 press releases product/brand

- 3 press releases institutional

- 1 press release product/event

These press releases have been sent to 255 media (national press for customer/ professional press/ regional press). In this way, 526 journalists and bloggers have heard infomations about the winery in 2014 for a total of 239 publications.

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