Miami, FL, June 15, 2022– Domaine Bousquet, Argentina’s largest producer and exporter of wines made exclusively from certified organic fruit, has earned Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC)™ status from the 501(c)3 Regenerative Organic Alliance. Domaine Bousquet becomes one of only four wineries to do so to date, and the first outside the United States to meet ROC™’s stringent requirements. The other three wineries are Fetzer Vineyards (CA), Tablas Creek Vineyard (CA) and Troon Vineyard (OR). ROC™ status pertains to food/produce, fiber, and botanical ingredients.
The California-based Regenerative Organic Alliance (motto: “Farm like the world depends on it,”) has adopted USDA Organic standards as a baseline. ROC™ requires certification in three areas: soil health and land management, animal welfare, and farmer and worker fairness. Sensibly, potential members apply existing certifications from blue chip organizations such as Demeter, Certified Fair Trade, and Certified Humane, among others, to meet requirements.
Domaine Bousquet co-owner and CEO Anne Bousquet cites the potential reach of ROC™ certification: “Individual farmers and agricultural entities seeking to fight climate change and campaign for social justice are to be respected, but they cannot move the needle on their own. If we are to make a meaningful difference, then we must work together, and ROC™ certification effectively unites all sectors of farming.” — Anne Bousquet, co-owner and CEO, Domaine Bousquet
Founded in 1997, Domaine Bousquet has farmed organically from the get-go. Wines are made from 100% certified organic grapes, with some, such as Domaine Bousquet’s Virgen collection and Alavida Kosher Malbec, also USDA Organic-certified. All Domaine Bousquet wines are vegan-certified. Fair for Life-certified, the winery provides worker educational opportunities at its remote Gualtallary Andean home, has helped build new roads, instituted a strong employee benefits system, and emphasizes promoting from within. Domaine Bousquet is also a founding member of the London-based Sustainable Wine Roundtable, whose goal is to create a global standard for sustainability within the wine industry.
Domaine Bousquet, owned and run by husband-and-wife team Labid al Ameri and Anne Bousquet, has made a name for itself in the organic category in a relatively short period, beginning with the 2005 release of the winery’s first vintage. The 672-acre estate in Gualtallary, a sub-zone of Tupungato in Mendoza’s Uco Valley, is now Argentina’s premier producer and exporter of certified organic wines. Vineyards planted in virgin terrain, starting in the late 1990s, lie at a dizzying altitude of 4,000 feet. True to its owners’ European heritage, the wines are crafted with a French winemaking sensibility. https://domainebousquet.com/en/
Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC)™ is overseen by the 501(c)3 nonprofit Regenerative Organic Alliance (ROA), which was established in 2017 in California. With the tagline “Farm like the world depends on it,” ROC™ is a new certification for food, textiles, and personal care ingredients. ROC farms and products meet the highest standards. Founding members include the Rodale Institute, Patagonia, Patagonia Provisions and Dr. Bronner’s All-One! https://regenorganic.org/