The Cognac sector is proud to contribute positively to the development of the region while taking into account the well-being of all local residents. It is mindful of its environmental and societal impact, and seeks to constantly reduce the use of pesticides, with the aim of eventually becoming pesticide-free.

To develop best practices, demonstrate greater transparency and secure the future of its vineyards, the sector has chosen to obtain environmental certification for its winegrowing estates while investing significantly in research and development.

As part of this initiative, winegrowers are committed to protecting their environment, as well as promoting biodiversity, ensuring air, soil and water quality and aiming for carbon-sober operations.



To preserve air and soil quality, key players in the Cognac sector are successfully implementing various practices: alternative methods to herbicides (grass cover in between vine rows, mechanical tilling of the soil), using new state-of-the-art equipment for vineyard operations, planting cover crops (pulses, grasses and cruciferous vegetables). These come in addition to measures banning total chemical weed control in plots which are already outlined in the appellation’s product specification.

VIDEO – Environment: air and soil quality

New requirements in the Cognac product specification

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