We caught up with Thibaut de Mailloux - Director of Communications, CIVC - to talk about how the Champagne region is responding to call on winemaking regions to take action to reduce emissions and become more sustainable.
As the threat of climate change worsens and threatens the industry with style changes and increased crop losses, there is a growing pressure for all wine producers to respond by reducing their own carbon footprint.
Taking sustainable actions across the region:
The sparkling wine industry typically has thicker bottles in order to withstand the increased pressure of the gaseous liquid contained within. However, Thibault points out that the weight of the bottles has been reduced in order to impact the overall carbon footprint.
Research is also being conducted into the other rootstocks and grape varieties that are allowed by law to be grown in the region to see if they have qualities that can be more resilient to climate extremes.
Thibaut de Mailloux - Director of Communications
With over 300million bottles being produced per year and demand for Champagne still growing, it the potential for this established region to lead on climate change action and a pathway to sustainability is greatly welcomed.