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When the family arrived to Mendoza’s Uco Valley, the naturally dry and healthy mountain climate seemed ideal for organic wine production and the vineyard was planted with organic viticulture in mind. Without using any chemical fertilisers or herbicides, the family set about becoming not only a leader of organic viticulture in Mendoza, but one of key organic wine producers worldwide. Today Domaine Bousquet is Argentina’s largest exporter of organic wine and is one of the most successful commercial organic producers in the New World.
Being organic in the vineyard and winery is a key part of the philosophy of this Uco Valley winery but sustainability is also at the core, which is why it is no surprise the winery took home the trophy for the Best Sustainable Winery in Mendoza 2019 by Great Wine Capitals.
Responsable water use, reducing their carbon emissions and converting to solar energy are just some of the pillars of sustainability that make a focal point for the winery. Its certification as Fair for Life — a certification which promotes sustainability, fair working conditions, transparency and social improvement in the work place — reinforces this public commitment of Domaine Bousquet.
This attitude extends beyond the vineyard and winery, into the tourism department and their popular Gaia restaurant which overlooks the mountains and vineyards. Some 95% of their employees come from the neighbouring Tupungato town, in a bid to create a sustainable working environment and invest in personal locally.
By Amanda Barnes