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Wednesday, March 13 2019 - 23:46
Winemaker Gérard Bertrand Spoke at the Climate Change Leadership: Solutions for the Wine Industry Conference, March 5-7, 2019
NARBONNE, France, March 13, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Iconic southern French winemaker Gérard Bertrand spoke at the Climate Change 
Leadership: Solutions for the Wine Industry conference, Porto, Portugal, March 
5–7, 2019. 


On March 5-7, leaders of the global wine industry gathered in Porto, Portugal, 
to tackle the issue, focusing on practical and proven solutions, both short and 
long term, to help the wine industry mitigate the impacts of a changing 
climate. Chaired by former Vice President Al Gore, the conference featured 42 
speakers from various sectors of the world's wine industry. 

Gérard Bertrand, the iconic winemaker from the south of France was among those 
present. He spoke about Sustainability, Biodiversity, and Soil Management. 
Joining him were Olga Barbosa, Professor of Ecosystem Ecology in Chile and 
Heinrich Schloms, soil scientist for Vinpro in South Africa. 

Bertrand is a global reference in Biodynamics practice, biodynamically farming 
920 hectares (2350 acres) that cover all of his 15 estates in various 
appellations in the Languedoc. The decision to pursue biodynamic practices has 
been motivated by several factors, first and foremost, a conviction that it is 
the best form of agriculture for the health of the environment. The practice 
actively promotes biodiversity in soils and the surrounding ecosystem, plants, 
animals, insects, and microorganisms. Moreover, Gérard Bertrand and his team 
are convinced that biodynamic practices is the best way to bring harmony 
between vines and their environment, allowing the creation of wines that can 
reveal the unique expression of the place from which they come, reinforcing the 
fundamental connection between product and earth, or wine, and its terroir.

Gérard Bertrand shared his experiences and holistic vision for sustainable, 
environmentally positive viticulture and winemaking. 
"In the process of implementing biodynamic farming, we have gained a unique 
perspective of our place within the natural world. Having learned from this 
experience, we are bringing in and teaching actual agricultural methods that 
are beneficial to the preservation of the environment and also let us adapt to 
and fight climate change. Our humble wish is to see a positive and tangible 
outcome in the next few years. We believe in it. Be the change!" says Bertrand.


Source: Gérard Bertrand