Domaine de Longue Toque becomes organic

The jewel of our estates since 1999, Domaine de Longue Toque (47 hectares) was awarded organic certification in 2020 following a three-year transition. “After 20 years of responsible agricultural practices (Terra Vitis), we have switched all our practices to organic. We have learned to live with grass!” says vineyard manager Nicolas Speranza, with a smile, “which remains a real challenge in our climate. We plant and maintain the grass using labour-intensive, mechanical techniques. The grass that is able to withstand drought grows after the ground is tilled and this competes with the vine, which is sensitive to water stress. However, the mistral wind and dry conditions help protect the vines from fungal diseases, downy and powdery mildew: three sulphur and copper treatments are sufficient over the course of a year.” The 11 hectares of new plots acquired for the Cairanne, Rasteau and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOPs are currently converting to organic.


2020 vintage certified Organic Farming for the Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu, Côtes du Rhône white and Vin de France AOPs Organic Farming certification in 2022 for the Côtes du Rhône red AOPs; underway for the Cairanne, Rasteau and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOPs Evolution of fertilisation and protection costs average over 7 years: TFI* Domaine 6.64 vs TFI Region 12.9 *Crop protection treatment frequency index

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