OBSERVE, LISTEN, ANALYSE & PRESERVE
the environment around us is one of the priorities of the
Château de La Rivière
AGRO-ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURES (IAE), A RESERVOIR OF BIODIVERSITY
AEIs are made up of trees, hedges, low walls, permanent grasslands, water courses, flower strips, etc.
They are living spaces, refuge areas, allowing the reproduction and feeding of animals, as long as they are neither treated nor fertilised.
The agro-ecological structures allow for the connectivity of environments, the circulation of species and genetic mixing, guaranteeing adaptation to climate change.
The Château de La Rivière is home to 30 ha of woodland, 1000 m of hedges, 10 ha of grassland and 1500 m of ditches and watercourses.
THE NATURA 2000 CHARTER
Compliance with the charter is a voluntary commitment signed by the owners of land located in a Natura 2000 area.
It lists commitments aimed at maintaining habitats and species.
Since 2006, the Château de La Rivière has been a Natura 2000 site for the maintenance and protection of bats..
In 2018, the Château de La Rivière adheres to the Agro-Ecological good practice charter set up by the Conservatoire d'Espaces Naturels de Nouvelle Aquitaine.
Sexual confusion is a bio-control practice which, by emitting female pheromones into the atmosphere in large quantities, disrupts the mating phase of male and female butterflies.
Less mating = less eggs = less caterpillars = less damage to the grapes.
This method means that no insecticides are used..
Since 2014, Château de La Rivière has been using sexual confusion.
The objective is to protect the entire vineyard with this respectful method.
HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL VALUE ( HVE ) CERTIFICATION
recognises environmentally friendly commitments, based on 4 indicators:
Phytosanitary control strategy
Water resource management
THE ROLE OF POLLINATORS
Pollination is the means of sexual reproduction of plants. It is the transport of a pollen grain from a male organ to a female organ allowing the fertilisation of flowers.
BiodiverdID (insect pollinators) and AOB (wild bees) are institutes that carry out counts and censuses of species. They also publish advice on how to preserve them..
Maintaining grass cover in the vineyards helps to control weeds and combat erosion while providing a refuge and food source for small fauna.
A simple practice for the winegrower and very valuable for BioDiversity.
At Château de La Rivière, the entire vineyard is grassed. We favour the mechanical working of the soil, which greatly reduces the use of weedkillers.
This work also encourages root development and stimulates the biological activity of the soil. Each year, we bring organic compost certified in organic agriculture to the vineyard. This compost, of plant origin, is produced in Libourne, located less than 10 kilometres from the property.
THE ISO14001 INTERNATIONAL STANDARD - SME of BORDEAUX
It enables companies to assess and control the impact of their activities on the environment.
This standard, applied within the framework of an Environmental Management System (EMS), promotes the management of energy, raw materials and waste.
The château team, concerned with perpetuating the work of its ancestors, has been involved for many years in the environmental enhancement of the estate.
PRESERVING BIODIVERSITY, OUR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT
for many years...