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Charente: for 50 years, at the Pinard de Foussignac estate, we have been producing organic cognac and pineau
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Charente: for 50 years, at the Pinard de Foussignac estate, we have been producing organic cognac and pineau

Organic cognac or pineau producers today are not uncommon. 50 years ago, it was a different story. However, Domaine Pinard in Foussignac, Charente, has made this choice.

Today, in Charente, there are about twenty organic winegrowers. Among them, the Pinard estate located in Foussignac. Georges, the founder made the choice of organic 50 years ago. It was not common at the time.

Chantal, her daughter-in-law remembers:

We didn’t talk about organic back then. …] We were beginning to approach a new cultural landscape where we were going to need to produce a lot. Because cognac was a demand for products. Georges, he asked himself the question. He almost went down that path and he thought, no, maybe not. That is not the right thing to do.

So, the path of organic farming was paved and half a century later, the business is still family owned, it is the grandson who took the orders and the estate has 5,000 customers in France and several other countries. Organic farming has now become standard practice, even if, in viticulture, the changes are longer. And the Pinard estate is cited as an example. Producers regularly come to see how we can produce differently, while maintaining a high level of quality.

A celebration for this 50th anniversary

To celebrate its 50th anniversary with dignity, Domaine Pinard is organising a celebration on Saturday 17 August with music from the world of gastronomy and exchanges on the agriculture of tomorrow and solutions for consuming in a different way.

Cave domaine Pinard – Foussignac / © Anne-Marie Baillargé – France Télévisions


Vines of the Pinard estate – Foussignac (16) / © Anne-Marie Baillargé – France Télévisions

Report in Foussignac by Anne-Marie Baillargé, Julia Vandal and Bénédicte Biraud

At Domaine Pinard de Foussignac (16), the choice of organic farming dates back 50 years
Anne-Marie Baillargé, Julia Vandal and Bénédicte Biraud.

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