The Terra Vitis and Organic Agriculture labels have in common the concern to strengthen the vine’s defences. Thus, in both cases, treatments of natural origin are used. Nevertheless, the use of synthetic chemical products is possible in Terra Vitis when the harvest is in danger and in a very controlled manner.
Until 2012, the AB regulation only applied to vine growing, hence the more consistent choice of Terra Vitis certification for Rocheville.
Since the European regulation has in the meantime been extended to winemaking, Domaine de Rocheville began its conversion to Organic Agriculture in 2016 and since September 2019 it has been AB certified and produces organic Loire wines.
In Organic Agriculture, the use of synthetic chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers) is prohibited, and all raw materials must come from Organic Agriculture.
These principles had already been applied at Rocheville for a long time, so the main change has been mechanical weeding.
Beyond labels and certifications, our main objective is to produce quality wines that respect our planet and guarantee you maximum pleasure!