Whatever we do, we do it with sustainability in mind. Our vision is to provide quality wine sustainably and to promote a greener approach towards winemaking. Sustainability has been a core part of Bijou’s production for several years. Throughout the years, we have introduced different strategies to make our production and distribution more sustainable. We thrive on making our vision come true and achieving even greater goals in our care for the planet.
Sustainability in the Vineyards
We take the utmost care in what we do from the earliest stages of production. In December 2019, our growers in the Coteaux de Béziers obtained the HEV Level 3 certification, an outstanding achievement in terms of sustainability.
The French Ministry of Agriculture developed the Haute Valeur Environnementale or HVE (High Environmental Value) certification in 2001, which is the highest level of a generalized scheme for the environmental certification of farms. This is a three-tiered system that encourages farms and vineyards to:
- Focus on increasing biodiversity.
- Decreasing the negative environmental impact of their phytosanitary.
- Managing their fertilizer inputs.
- Improving water management.
Sustainable Grape: Caladoc
Climate change and weather patterns may significantly affect wine production, so adapting viticulture to these changes is imperative today.
To combat the unpredictable weather conditions, we included Caladoc in our 2019 blend. Caladoc is a crossing of Grenache and Malbec with unique attributes which are desirable in a changing climate. This grape is resistant to intense heat and drought. Caladoc proved its worth in the 2018 vintage, where nearly 60% of vines in areas of Southern France were devastated by the extreme conditions.
“Wine should come in a glass bottle, right? Actually, wrong, if wine drinkers want to do their bit for the planet’s resources and environment. Glass bottles and their transportation are the two biggest contributors to wine’s carbon footprint.” — JANCIS ROBINSON, THE FINANCIAL TIMES.
Wine should not necessarily come in a glass bottle, and there are certainly more innovative ways to provide excellent wine around the world. To reduce our carbon emissions, we decided to introduce lightweight bottles and an extraordinary range of sustainable 1.5L pouches with a significantly lower carbon footprint than glass bottles to minimize our carbon emission.
Bijou Le Chic 1.5L pouches
Our pouch format is a sustainable and environmentally-friendly form of packaging, resulting in a fantastic alternative to heavy and traditional glass bottles.
How is the pouch sustainable?
The pouch weighs only 60g when empty compared to 500g for an average 75cl glass bottle. This eliminates 330kg of unnecessary packaging weight per pallet!
Economy of Space
The compact design allows efficiency throughout the supply chain. Bijou Le Chic pouches are shipped flat-packed to the winery, saving 5x more space than glass bottles. Once full, 40% more wine can be loaded onto a single pallet, economizing space during transportation and reducing shipping costs.
The combination of these factors gives the pouches a carbon footprint up to 80% lower than average glass bottles.
When it comes to the transportation of wine, packaging weight plays a significant role in the production of carbon footprint. We introduced lightweight bottles to our range to commit to our vision and reduce our carbon emission.
Lightweight bottles are a fantastic alternative to standard glass bottles. They result to be environmentally friendly and preserve the quality of the wine alike traditional bottles without losing the performance in the eyes of the consumers.