Chateau l’Hospitalet Vivid Profile

Chateau l’Hospitalet

Gerard is one of the most celebrated wine personalities in France but many know him from his professional Rugby career, as a French International and the ex-Captain of Stade Francais. He is an incredibly charismatic man and has a formidable team behind him.

Gerard Bertrand owns vineyards across the Languedoc, including the 82 hectares Chateau l'Hospitalet in La Clape.

Sustainable development

Working hand in hand with local environmental associations including bird protection and the fire brigade due to the large fire risk they have in the surrounding 'garrigue' scrubland is fundamental to Gerard’s commitment to sustainability.   As Gerard states, “protecting the environment sustainability along with restoring harmony and balance to our ecosystems are today’s key issues and the obligations of tomorrow”.

Carbon neutral

Their biggest achievement to date was to become a Carbon Neutral estate. They did this by auditing all aspects of the business (including the vineyards, winery, offices, hotel and restaurant) and looking at ways to reduce their footprint. Though the big changes were made as they were able to “carbon sink” their activities by maintaining the 900 hectares of unspoilt Mediterranean heathland and forest surrounding the vineyards.

Future plans

It won’t stop there as plans are already in place to further develop environmentally friendly agriculture, to protect wine growing landscapes and promote biodiversity and eco-tourism as they continually look to play an active role in raising ecological awareness on the vineyards of the South of France.

20th March 2013

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