360 Sustainability: Domaine Bousquet’s Organic Winemaking Practices for 2020 and Beyond

Viable, organic wine that’s good for everybody!

Have you writ­ten off orga­nic wine as a fad or “more expen­si­ve” alter­na­ti­ve to non-orga­nic wine? May­be you have tried orga­nic wine and didn’t have the expe­rien­ce you were hoping for. Well, there’s more to the story of making orga­nic wine than you may be fami­liar with, namely, sus­tai­na­bi­lity – for the envi­ron­ment, wine­ma­king emplo­yees, and the economy.

At Domai­ne Bous­quet, we know more than a few things about sus­tai­na­ble, orga­nic wine­ma­king. We pro­du­ce high qua­lity, orga­nic wine that tas­tes great, and is great for our pla­net. Our wine­ma­king pro­cess is all about doing the right thing – for the envi­ron­ment and our emplo­yees (whi­le plea­sing your pala­te and your pocket).

Who we are

Domai­ne Bous­quet is a family-run winery loca­ted in Tupun­ga­to, a small, rural town outsi­de of Men­do­za, Argen­ti­na. Most of our emplo­yees are local resi­dents of Tupun­ga­to. We are proud to sup­port our local eco­nomy and to pro­vi­de sus­tai­na­ble employ­ment for our community.

Our com­pany cul­tu­re is based on good moral and ethi­cal prac­ti­ces. We always opt to do right by the earth and our cus­to­mers. Our winery pro­du­ces some of the highest qua­lity, orga­nic, and vegan wine pro­ducts on the mar­ket at reaso­na­ble pri­ces. We belie­ve that sus­tai­nably sour­ced orga­nic wine should be avai­la­ble for everyone.

Our 360-degree sustainability approach

Our orga­nic wine­ma­king approach is gea­red toward pro­du­cing high-qua­lity pro­ducts for con­su­mers at reaso­na­ble pri­ces. This sus­tai­na­ble approach is three­fold: envi­ron­men­tal, eco­no­mic, and social.

Envi­ron­men­tal sustainability

We are dedi­ca­ted to far­ming orga­ni­cally whi­le impro­ving our land’s bio­di­ver­sity. We belie­ve that the healthier the vine­yard, the bet­ter the fruit. The bet­ter the fruit, the bet­ter wine. The bet­ter the wine, the hap­pier the peo­ple. In other words, by nou­rishing the land and trea­ting it with res­pect, we know that the land will give us back its finest fruits.

Eco­no­mic sustainability

Though gro­wing fruit orga­ni­cally and redu­cing the car­bon foot­print is won­der­ful, our sus­tai­na­bi­lity efforts are also eco­no­mi­cal. When we star­ted, our land was loca­ted in a rural, remo­te area and had never been cul­ti­va­ted befo­re.  During the 2000s, we set up the infras­truc­tu­re, plan­ted the vine­yards, and crea­ted the first winery in the area. This led to other wine­ries inves­ting in the town and jump-star­ting a bustling industry.

Over the past seve­ral years we joi­ned an allian­ce of local wine­ries to fund and cons­truct a new road pro­vi­ding bet­ter access for emplo­yees, mate­rial deli­ve­ries, and a small but gro­wing num­ber of tou­rists. The wine industry has trans­for­med the Tupun­ga­to eco­nomy. Domai­ne Bous­quet has been inte­gral in impro­ving the local eco­nomy, and this is one of our proudest achievements.

Social sus­tai­na­bi­lity

Ninety-five per­cent of our emplo­yees, inclu­ding har­ves­ters, are from the local town of Tupun­ga­to, about six miles from the winery. We’ve trai­ned our local work­for­ce in wine­ma­king pro­ces­ses, ope­ra­tions, logis­tics, hos­pi­ta­lity and admi­nis­tra­ti­ve work. We have deve­lo­ped trai­ning pro­grams for our emplo­yees becau­se we sup­port con­ti­nued edu­ca­tion and hel­ped them with micro-loans when the banks were not hel­ping them.  We are very com­mit­ted to hel­ping our com­mu­nity by spon­so­ring local sport teams and hel­ping local schools. We are a rural com­pany and work in part­nership with neigh­bo­ring wine­ries and com­pa­nies to impro­ve infras­truc­tu­re to supply access to mar­kets, pro­vi­de good, local jobs, and encou­ra­ge staff to achie­ve beyond their expec­ta­tions. Our busi­ness has been a com­mu­nity deve­lop­ment from the ground up.

Our products

We take pri­de and joy in our pro­ducts. The orga­ni­cally grown gra­pes we use in our wines offer qua­lity fruit and a vibrant tas­te that is unpa­ra­lle­led in the world of ordi­nary wine.

Our pre­mium varie­tals include:

  • Pinot Gri­gio
  • Char­don­nay Torrontés
  • Rosé
  • Sau­vig­non Blanc
  • Caber­net Sauvignon
  • Mal­bec
  • Char­don­nay
  • Mer­lot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Caber­net Franc
  • Pinot Gris
  • Whi­te Blends
  • Red Blends
What we do

We care about the envi­ron­ment and the peo­ple in it! We are using our orga­nic, sus­tai­na­ble wine to sti­mu­la­te Tupungato’s eco­nomy. Local peo­ple are neces­sary to keep the winery going, and the winery is neces­sary to employ them. We’re inves­ting in our peo­ple, in our land, and in our pro­ducts. We know you’ll tas­te the difference.

What we don’t do

We never use synthe­tic pes­ti­ci­des, her­bi­ci­des, or fer­ti­li­zers. We don’t ove­ru­se resour­ces, which means we moni­tor water sup­plies and follow water shor­ta­ge gui­de­li­nes, pro­grams, and treat­ment faci­lity rules.

Why you’ll love our wines

The­re are a few key qua­li­ties that make our wines superior:

  • Our har­vests are orga­ni­cally nur­tu­red. The vine roots of our gra­pes pene­tra­te deep into the soil, whe­re they absorb tra­ce mine­rals that help give our wines their authen­tic, regio­nal tas­te. Our orga­ni­cally grown gra­pes express the purity, inten­sity, and varie­tal cha­rac­ter of the local terroir.
  • Orga­ni­cally grown vines tend to pro­du­ce lower yields with a grea­ter con­cen­tra­tion of fla­vor (unli­ke che­mi­cally fed gra­pes), which allow their uni­que fla­vors to shi­ne through.
  • We care about com­pany cul­tu­re and sus­tai­na­bi­lity efforts. We’re trans­pa­rent about the wine­ma­king pro­cess and trea­ting our emplo­yees and land with care.
  • Our orga­nic crops are grown in har­mony with natu­re and use natu­ral fer­ti­li­zers such as compost.
Organic, sustainable, high-quality wine

Our com­mit­ment to sus­tai­na­ble, orga­nic agri­cul­tu­re and pro­duc­tion helps us pro­tect and sus­tain the land and the envi­ron­ment for futu­re gene­ra­tions. If you appre­cia­te inno­va­tion, tra­di­tion, and clean drin­king, you should try our wines.

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