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  • How can you identify a wine produced by a Vignoble Responsable®?Open or Close

    Every bottle has the "Vignoble Responsable – évalué par AFNOR Certification" ("Vignoble Responsable – evaluated by AFNOR certifcation") logo. AFNOR is the central coordinator of standardization in France.

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  • Are wines marked Vignoble Responsable® expensive?Open or Close

    It is usually argued that the price difference between a conventional product and one that has a quality label, or is certified, is justified by the cost of certification. However, although certification does entail added cost, applying quality standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and AFAQ 26000 also make companies more efficient and reduces production costs. A wine marked Vignoble Responsable® is therefore no more expensive than another wine of similar quality.

  • How does one obtain the Vignoble Responsable® label?Open or Close

    In order to become a "Vignoble Responsable", the estate must attain "exemplary" level according to AFAQ 26000 evaluation (AFAQ = Association Française pour l'Assurance de la Qualité) This official, objective recognition is a guarantee of an estate's commitment to quality, environmental protection, and social progress, and their taking of appropriate actions to that end. SA Château Larose Trintaudon is thus qualified to use the Vignoble Responsable® brand for their wines.

  • Why seek certification?Open or Close

    Certification is a voluntary procedure. It nevertheless guarantees that a firm or a product conforms to French or international standards. Certification is granted subsequent to an audit by experts from outside the firm - a guarantee of objectivity and honesty.

  • Why do so many examples cited on this site concern Château Larose Trintaudon?Open or Close

    Château Larose Trintaudon owns the Vignoble Responsable® brand and is alone at the present time in having received this recognition of high standards. This is thanks to the estate's many certifications and their exemplary commitment in favour of sustainable development. The purpose of this site is to increase the number of properties that make the same commitment to become a Vignoble Responsable®, so that there will be other examples as time goes on.

  • What is the difference between sustainable agriculture and organic agriculture?Open or Close

    Like organic agriculture, sustainable agriculture focuses on environmental protection. The main difference is that the use of synthetic chemicals is forbidden for the former, but allowed for the latter. In sustainable agriculture, chemicals can be used sparingly – carefully calculated quantities at specific times for specific needs, rather than systematically.

  • What is the difference between a wine that is certified organic and another with the Vignoble Responsable® label?Open or Close

    An organic wine is made according to strict specifications and contains no synthetic chemicals. This distinction only concerns the product, and does not guarantee, for example, decent working conditions or an ethical way of doing business. A wine with the Vignoble Responsable® label is not necessarily organic, although it may be. However, the Vignoble Responsable® brand guarantees a far-reaching commitment to sustainable development, including numerous actions on behalf of the environment, social progress, and ethical behaviour. This can be seen in this site's various sections: Responsible Entrepreneurs, Responsible Employers, Responsible Producers, Responsible Farmers, Responsible Actord

  • What is the difference between a quality label and certification? Open or Close

    A quality label confirms conformity to specifications that can be monitored by an internal or external body. Certification is based on an official standard and can only be granted by an approved certifying organisation. Vignoble Responsable® is a label that can only be granted to estates that have previously received an "exemplary" rating as part of AFAQ 26000 certification.



LCA (Life Cycle Assessment)

Method for evaluating a product's (or service's) environmental impact throughout its life cycle i.e. from the extraction of raw material up until it has reached its end of life (waste treatment, recycling, etc.).


Antenne Décentralisée de la Chambre d'Agriculture de la Gironde, a branch of the Gironde Department Chamber of Agriculture authorised to offer advice regarding the use of phytopharmaceutical products.
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AFAQ 26000

Association Française pour l'Assurance de la Qualité 26000, a method proposed by AFNOR Certification to evaluate a firm's performance in applying the principles of sustainable development. This is a way of assessing a firm's degree of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
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Sustainable agriculture:

an agricultural method taking into account environmental protection, health risks, health and safety concerns in the workplace, and animal welfare. This also entails the "sustainable" use of synthetic chemicals, as opposed to so-called "intensive" farming.


Apave est un groupe spécialisé dans le domaine du contrôle. L'Apave répond aux missions d'accompagnement des entreprises et des collectivités dans les domaines de maîtrise des risques techniques, humains et environnementaux.
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An objective look at all or part of the way a firm functions to indicate what it is efficient and in keeping with standards, what is not, and what can be improved.


Social barometer

survey of employees to evaluate the industrial relations climate.


technique consisting of comparing a firm's practices with those of other companies in order to see what works better elsewhere, and to adopt similar practices.

Bilan Carbone®

meaning "carbon balance", this is way of keeping track of a product's greenhouse gas emissions.
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a contraction of "biological" and "diversity", this describes the natural diversity of living organisms. Its preservation is considered one of the main goals of sustainable development.
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Biodynamic agriculture respects life in the soil as well as that of plants. It is based on quality and a holistic approach to understanding nature.
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Good practice

This term designates an action viewed as exemplary in the corporate world.


Human capital

All the experience, qualifications, skills, and talent accumulated by an employee. This contributes not only to his career within the company, but the company as a whole.


in geography, this term designates the making and study of maps. As applied to corporations, it means simplifying, with diagrams, the various steps and interactions of a process, a group of processes, an entire project, etc

Diversity charter

a charter that motivates companies to guarantee the promotion and respect for social diversity in their workforce, and to fight against all forms of discrimination.
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OSAHC (Occupational Safety and Health Committee)

In France, this institution represents employees within companies or government agencies. The OSAHC's remit covers health and safety on the job and optimising working conditions.
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Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Wine Council)
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Mating disruption

a way of fighting against grape berry moths consisting of disrupting the mating of males and females by emitting large quantities synthetic pheromones. Mating is thereby significantly reduced, as is damage to the vines.
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Deming wheel

a way of illustrating steps for ongoing improvements ( Plan, Do, Check, and Act, or PDCA). The endless cycle of these steps improves quality. The wheel is named after its creator, the statistician Deming.

Workplace hazard assessment form

a document showing all the risks employees are exposed to that must be kept by all companies.
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approach to creating products that integrates their environmental impact right from the design stage. The aim is to reduce this impact as much as possible at all stages: production, distribution, and use, right up until the end of product life.
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Another term describing corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development. It refers to a firm's exemplary behaviour in environmental, social, and economic areas.
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Polluted waste water


FAFSEA (Fonds Assurance Formation Salariés Entreprises Agricoles)

A fund to provide training to workers at agricultural firms An OPCA (Organisme Paritaire Collecteur Agréé) or accredited fund-collecting agency that helps to manage training programmes for firms in the agricultural sector.
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HACCP (Hazard Analytical Critical Control Point)

Method for guaranteeing the health and safety of food.

HVE (High Environmental Value)

environmental certification granted to farms by the Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Rural and Regional Planning.
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IFV Institut Français du Vin

Institut Français du Vin
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statistical tool that helps to evaluate a situation or trend

ISO 9001 / 14001

International standards that define conformity according to quality (ISO 9001) or environmental (ISO 14001) criteria.
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Label égalité professionnelle

a French quality label that attests a firm's commitment to equality between men and women.
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limites maximales de résidus



Soutien financier ou en nature apporté par une entreprise à un organisme pour soutenir une œuvre d'intérêt général. En contrepartie, une partie des dons peut-être défiscalisée.
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A French organization providing social protection in the agricultural sector.
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Wine tourism

A form of tourism that enables visitors to discover wine regions and their products.

OHSAS 18001

This British standard (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) defines rules governing health and safety on the job.
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OPCA (Organisme paritaire collecteur agréé)

An organisation mandated by the French government to collect financial contributions from firms, to manage them, and to redistribute them in order to finance training programmes established by companies.
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Tool developed by IFV making it possible to adapt the use of chemicals in the vineyard according to several criteria.
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actors directly or indirectly affected by a firm's actions, decisions, or projects. The most commonly cited stakeholders are employees, shareholders, suppliers, and clients. However, this can also include neighbours, supervisory agencies, occupational doctors, associations, etc.

Ecophyto Plan

further to the Grenelle consultation process on environmental issues, this plan aims to reduce the use of plant protection products at farms.
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succession of actions that lead to a given result (making a product, selling a service, recruiting employees, etc.)


CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

designates a firm's commitment to sustainable development, and a balance between economic, social, and environmental imperatives.
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Redevabilté (définition ISO 26000)

Etat consistant, pour une organisation, à être en mesure de répondre de ses décisions et activités à ses organes directeurs, ses autorités constituées et, plus largement, à ses parties prenantes. En anglais, le terme est "accountability" qui veut dire responsabilité, est plus clair. La traduction en redevabilité donne un sens de contre partie vis-à-vis de quelqu'un.



a group project overseen by the CIVB in order to assist wine estates in optimising their Environmental Management System in order to reduce their environmental impact.
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Terra Vitis®

association that promotes the values of sustainable viticulture, particularly thanks to specifications that, when respected, enable estates to receive certification of the same name.
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UNAF (Union Nationale de l’Apiculture Française)

French beekeepeers' association.
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a method that helps to define and give an overview of the possible causes of a problem. The 5 Ms in French translate as follows: Matière (matter), Milieu (the environment), Méthodes (methods), Matériel (equipment), and Main d'œuvre (manpower, people)

“Château Larose Trintaudon's social responsibility is an endless journey".

Stéphane Mathieu
Director of AFNOR for the Aquitaine region

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