Today is Day 6 of our 12 Days of Wine Celebration! This year, we are focusing on Discovering Wines for the Future. These are wineries and vineyards that are doing the work, in their own way, to be sure we have a long, healthy future on our planet in which to enjoy wine!
These vineyards are farming the soil, creating healthy environments with biodynamic and regenerative methods. This generates biodiversity, sequesters carbon, and, in turn, makes delicious wine.
Many of these vineyards and wineries will be on the West Coast of the US, but we’ve included a few from Italy and one from Argentina. There are many more out there, and we encourage you to seek them out! But we will get you started with a few of our favorites!
Grab a glass and celebrate with us!
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Domaine Bousquet & Anne Bousquet
Jean Bousquet grew up in the family vineyards in Carcassone, France, and his daughter, Anne, grew up there, helping in the vineyard.
While Anne went off to a career as an economist, he sold his holdings in France and came to Argentina, where he founded Domaine Bousquet in 1997. Less than 10 years later, he convinced his daughter to help with the first release of the Domaine Bousquet wines. In 2009, with her father getting older, Anne and her family moved to Argentina to run the winery.
She and her family now live in Miami (which is helpful with international sales), but while in Argentina, she cultivated community on the property, where her staff call her “La Mama.”
In the foothills of the Andes in the Tupungato Valley of Argentina
In Argentina’s Mendoza Province, in the foothills of the Andes, you find Domaine Bousquet. The Mendoza Valley’s Uco Valley is known for its high-altitude wines. The Domaine Bousquet Vineyards are the Gualtallary Zone of Tupungato in the Uco Valley. The vineyard here sits at 4,000 feet above sea level, and you can see the snow-capped Andes behind them.
Why are Domaine Bousquet wines for the future?
Domaine Bousquet is Argentina’s largest producer of certified organic wines. In June of 2022, they became the 4th winery in the world to become Regenerative Organic Certified.
They are passionate about both quality and sustainability. How could you look at those views every day and not want to do everything in your power to protect this planet and this place?
How are they making the future better?
Domaine Bousquet is Organic, Biodynamic, Regenerative Organic Certified, and a B-Corp!
They have been organic for 25 years!
They work in the vineyard to naturally nourish the ecosystem, using compost to encourage and develop the microbiology in the soil. Cover crops, rotational grazing, and minimal tillage all help to promote this. They eschew the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. They have 240 hectares (just under 600 acres) of vines, all of which are being grown in this way, producing 4 million liters of wine each year.
In addition, they are a Certified B Corp, looking after not only the soil but also the people living and working on it!
The wide distribution of their wines means that you can find these Regenerative Organic Certified wines in around 50 countries around the globe!
Domaine Bousquet has a wide variety of wines, as you can see from the articles we’ve written below. Canned wines, low-alcohol wines, Kosher wines, and some delicious Reserva wines. I recommend their Reserva Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Visit their website for more information on this beautiful place, their methods, and their wines.
We’ve written about their wines a time or two…
Many of our “Wines for the Future” will be featured in our documentary “Can Wine Save the Planet?” along with the additional videos and posts that we will share on biodynamic and regenerative vintners worldwide!
You can follow the project at CanWineSavethePlanet.com, where we will have plenty of extras with in-depth interviews and educational videos on these farming methods. You can only fit so much in a documentary; there is so much to tell! We don’t want you to miss anything! Head over there and follow us for great content as we are filming!
Robin Renken is a wine writer and Certified Specialist of Wine and WSET 3 Certified. She and her husband Michael travel to wine regions interviewing vineyard owners and winemakers and learning the stories behind the glass.
When not traveling they indulge in cooking and pairing wines with food at home in Las Vegas.
Check out our book series, “Tempting Spoonfuls” available through Amazon!
Inspired by the flavors and aromas in wines, these books create “tempting spoonfuls” of flavors to pair with wines.
“Tempting Spoonfuls – Pairing single bites with glorious wines” – Our first book paired wines from boutique wineries on the west coast, in California, Oregon, and Washington, with delicious spoonfuls.
This book is 60 pages, 18 recipes, lots of beautiful photos, and insights into some fantastic small wineries!
“Tempting Spoonfuls – small bites paired with wines from around the Globe” – This book takes us around the globe to explore 12 wine regions, a wine from the region, and then gives you a recipe for a pairing!
A slightly larger book at 104 pages, this time you learn about pairing with a type of wine from a region. Rather than a specific bottle, you can look for a style of wine from a region and feel confident that it will go well with the recipe pairing we provide. We give you 12 recipes, each to pair with a wine.
The goal is to make your mouth water and encourage you to create your own “Tempting Spoonfuls.”