Domaine Day at Mirabeau May 2024

RVF Chair Stephen Cronk held his first Domaine Day at Domaine Mirabeau, attended by growers, soil experts, viticultural consultants, regional representatives and local leaders in regenerative viticulture.

Knowledge was shared on topics including integrating animals, planting hedgerows, cover crops, biochar and much more.

Stephen had recently received the results of latest soil analyses indicating huge improvements from his initial depleted states. He was really happy to share this with local growers and demonstrate the regenerative practices that he has implemented to make this happen.

Speakers included:

  • Jessica Villat (Datamars Sustainability Foundation CEO) on why current agricultural systems need to be rethought and why we need to think about the regeneration of ecosystems, not only from an environmental point of view, but also for agriculture to have a sustainable future
  • Olivier Lamote (Biospheres) on what regenerative agriculture is and how it differs from organic and biodynamic agriculture; implementation of regenerative agricultural practices in the vineyard; what regeneration is looking to accomplish; how to start changing management practices
  • A panel hosted by Jessica with Christian Nicolau (Domaine de Valgencelle) and Andy Beanland (Resilience Soil Lab and RVF technical advisor) on Dom de Valgencelle’s practices with scientific explanation behind decisions and actions
  • Antoine Mathias (Sustainable Development and Agroecological Transition Manager, Cotes de Provence Wine Union) on collectively achieving sustainable soil management; presentation of Terre Apara project
  • Anna Li (Provencal Agronomy Office Research Manager) on lifofer and biochar
  • Clement Prelat (Provencal Agronomy and viticultural consutlant) giving an overview of regeneration practices at Domaine Mirabeau, with a vineyard walk to see it in action