Through their very essence, the cooperative cellars and by extension Terre de Vignerons fulfil these societal and economic roles: defending, promoting and improving the work of the cooperative cellars’ winemakers with the aim of providing a decent living to their families. The aim is also to preserve indirectly related jobs and, by a ripple effect, to energise the entire local economy in order to strengthen the rural fabric.
Taking into account the employees, winemakers and related jobs, Terre de Vignerons contributes to providing a living for more than 5,000 people. Terre de Vignerons has also set itself the mission to assist its members in practising sustainable agriculture that is environmentally friendly. The cooperative model is in itself a sustainable development model, inasmuch as it is a veritable lever for development of the local economy, in respect for human and social considerations.
Beyond such purposes, as a player in the agricultural domain, we promote all actions that help to preserve our environment, in particular by tending toward complete certification of our vineyards by the AgriConfiance trust label and by encouraging organic winemaking initiatives.
We strive to ensure the quality of our work, products and respect for the environment. We are constantly seeking to make progress. For our customers and partners, these certifications display the reliability of our production and our bottling and packaging facilities, providing them with guarantees of durable quality over time.
Some of our winemakers have turned towards certified organic production, which is a choice that we encourage for several reasons: it follows the desire of the winemaker, diversifies our ranges and meets the expectations of consumers. This also makes it possible to provide a better living for the winemakers concerned through proposing high added value wines. Beyond these aspects, these organic approaches within the cooperative cellars have given rise to a new dynamic and solidarity between the winemakers who learn together how to run their vineyards differently. Whether sharing information, experience or good practices, the exchanges are plentiful
The winemakers take pleasure in presenting their wines and their work at trade fairs and events dedicated to organic wines.
In the wine stores of the cooperative cellars, the harvests of organic grapes follow a specific path, enabling production of high quality organic wines. In commercial terms, these wines are enhanced via adapted packaging and advertising.
A real pedagogical approach around sustainable development
Undergoing regular audits helps us to improve our working methods. The audit requirements become more stringent each year and are a genuine opportunity for us to develop. For our customers and partners, these certifications are guarantees of reliability with regard to the consistency of our products’ quality and safety.
ISO 9001 since 1997 for Saint-Vincent-de-Pertignas’ site and 2001
Quality Certification that guarantees the compliance of our products with the legal requirements of our customers.
IFS Food et BRC since 2002 for Landerrouat’site and 2007 or Saint-Vincent-de-Pertignas’ site
IFS = International Featured Standard
BRC = British Retail Consortium
both are in particular based on the principles of HACCP, they guarantee the safety and quality of food production.
Certifications concerning our organic wines that guarantee the respect of the European specifications, from the vineyards to wine-making, and which allow us to display the French AB and European Organic Wine labels on the products concerned.
Agri Confiance NF V01-007-2004
This is a system that formalises management of vineyards and the relations between the union and its wine cooperative members, for greater quality, traceability and respect of good sustainable agricultural practices.
All of our organic brands are eco-designed!
1 — A lighter bottle with a reduced carbon footprint.
2 — A cork made from cane sugar.
3 — An Absolute Green Line capsule which combines bio-based polyethylene with acrylic ink, renewable materials that can replace petroleum by-products and solvents.
4 — A label made of a minimum of 65% recycled fibres.
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