Albet i Noya – Pioneers of organic agriculture in Spain.
What initiatives have you at Albet i Noya put in place to ensure your winery are run as sustainable as possible?
- Sustainability is a not very clear concept. From our side, as known, we decided to move to organic agriculture and winemaking since 1978 so more than 40 years growing organic which is sustainable from the agriculture point of view. We also compromise to have 2 ha of forest per 1 ha of vineyard to balance biodiversity which is sustainable from the point of view of nature. We are also developing a research project (for 7 years now) crossing grape varieties with our indigenous grapes to find resistance to diseases, delay of ripening to skip global warming and minimize the carbon footprint.
How do you work to minimize your carbon footprint?
- It’s funny as sometimes people are balancing the carbon footprint and not minimizing it. It makes no sense to have heavy tractors with huge amount of petrol consumption and later place solar panels to balance the carbon produced by the tractors. We have a plan for 2019 to cover our winery with 160 solar panels to produce 25% of our electricity needs. In the other hand, the project of resistant grape varieties will help us to treat them less as they will be more resistant, so it means less hours of tractor in the vineyards and less CO2 production. and also decrease the computation of the soil which is basic for the vine’s life.
Do you have any certifications linked to organic/biodynamic farming, sustainable farming, carbon footprint etc?
- Certified organic by CCPAE for 41 years. Pioneers of organic agriculture in Spain.