Conventional viticulture and its intensive management has created some important challenges for wine producers and the regions where they are located. Jean-Baptiste Cordonnier has been able to intimately experience the conventional approach, seeing the fertility and biodiversity of his family's château gradually degrade. For the first time since the start of the show, we are able to delve into the story of an incredible viticulture agroforestry transition. With cover crops, hedges and alley cropping, Jean-Baptiste is innovating new solutions for a management intensive crop. We delve into the story, context, agronomy and practical details of his strategy, for an interview rich in experiences and lessons learnt.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
00:07:53 Trial and error to find regenerative solutions
00:13:39 Effects of planting hedges on the vineyard
00:23:08 Design process
00:36:58 Managing weeds and pruning hedges
00:43:33 Managing the pruning at scale
00:48:12 Mulching and the importance of cover crops
01:04:02 Trees planted within the vineyard
01:10:35 What are the expected agronomic results?
01:16:49 Why advantages outweigh challenges
01:21:23 Looking at the economics
01:31:16 Are neighbouring vineyards interested?
01:34:20 What effect do you expect on the quality of wine?
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