At Bodega Argento we have a strong organic winemaking philosophy which keeps us evolving and adapting. As the largest organic wine producer in Mendoza, Argentina, we look forward to leading sustainable development in our region.
At Bodega Argento we have a strong organic winemaking philosophy which keeps us evolving and adapting. We went from owning 44 ha of organic-certified vineyards in 2014 to 284 ha in 2018 and 305 ha in 2019. As the largest organic wine producer in Mendoza, Argentina, we look forward to leading sustainable development in our region. We plan, in the next five years, to grow from 305 ha of organic-certified vineyards to 600 ha. Our progress to date has enabled us to launch new organic labels, single varietals and blends, as well as single block wines to help develop the category in international markets. We will continue to release more premium organic lines and promote organic and sustainable winemaking at home and in all export markets.
We are confident that the only way to achieve sustainable development is through collaboration and transparency. In accordance with SDG 17, we are moving forward with strategic alliances in order to strengthen the sustainable development agenda in the wine sector. We are founding members of the Sustainable Wine Roundtable and adhere to UN Global Compact. We are members of the Argentine Institute of Social Responsibility and Sustainability, members of the sustainability council of Bodegas de Argentinas and we are part of the enterprise against child labour network. We actively participate in the development of global standards for sustainability for the wine sector, promoting best practice both globally and locally. Our target is to commit a minimum of 100hs each year to participate in the different activities organised by these different groups.
All of our vineyards follow organic and sustainable practices that aim to minimise soil intervention and promote biodiversity. In our constant search for best practices, we are constantly developing lines of research and development.
In association with the Agricultural Sciences School of the National Cuyo University in Mendoza we conducted some research into plant and flower species and their particular benefit to organic agriculture. Flowers planted between vine rows can be used for their resistance to drought, their ability to attract pollinators and other wildlife, or as natural defences against pests or diseases. In 2019 we began selecting flower species to plant between the rows of our Alto Agrelo vineyard. Today in block 50 we have planted more than 18 species of flowers, identified with QR codes, which were selected to coexist in a sustainable way with the vines and form an integral part of our vineyard management system. We are able to study, in collaboration with the National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA), their effects on the vineyard. We have seen that some species serve as a natural defence against ants, nematodes and help reduce the growth of certain plants (weeds) that are harmful to the vine. We have also started a small organic plant nursery, to reproduce these and other species and be able to plant them in the rest of our vineyards. This work should enable us to continue developing research projects and continue to improve our organic and sustainable farming methods.
We look to double the number of blocks under this management practice in the next two years.
In addition to being organic-certified, all our vineyards and wineries follow Fairtrade practices and are certified under Fairtrade International Standard. Fairtrade has rigid health and safety standards to protect farmers and workers' well-being as well as those of nearby communities and ecosystems. The scheme also focuses on empowering workers and their communities. We look forward to promoting the Fairtrade philosophy and strive to become the most recognised Fairtrade wine brand from Argentina in Europe and Canada in the next five years.
All of our wineries have an environmental management system in place, certified under the Sustainability protocol of Bodegas de Argentina. We look for best practice in water conservation, energy efficiency and waste management. Regarding waste, we plan to become a zero-waste organisation. One third of our organic waste from the winemaking process is composted, and the rest, as raw material, is destined for industries that manufacture tartaric acid among other by-products.
All glass, cardboard and plastic waste generated during wine bottling is 100% sorted and recycled. In total, currently, 95% of waste we generate is either reused or recycled. Only 5% goes to a landfill.
We plan to achieve a zero-waste strategy. Through the implementation of a circular economy solution, we aim to be able to re-cycle and revalorize 99% of our waste within the next five years.