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Our Commitment

CON
SCI
OUS

CONSCIOUS IS
MAR DE FRADES’ SUSTAINABLE COMMITMENT
TO ALL THAT WE DO AND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.

“Changing the world
starts with changing ourselves”

We have become aware that our wine depends on nature and our effects upon it, which has spurred us to create a project against climate change while simultaneously responding to our concerns:

Because our surroundings and vineyards are not ours and, if we continue carrying out our activity the conventional way, the consequences for future generations will be catastrophic.

Because we must be aware of the reality if we want to continue making wine with the same seal of quality in the near future.

Because we must leave the smallest footprint possible on our immediate surroundings, since they are what create the unique identity of Mar de Frades.

Because we achieve greater diversity if we treat the soil less, and we obtain a wine with greater personality and fewer harmful substances.

Because we want our brand to generate conversation and reflection around this crucial moment that our world and society is facing.

SEA-CONSCIOUS

A MAR DE FRADES PROJECT IN COLLABORATION WITH ENRIC GENER.

DISCOVER

A PLAN FOR THE PRESENT
TO IMPROVE THE FUTURE

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Wineries for Climate Protection

Aim: to meet the 2023 commitments for each of the four pillars.

Since 2021, we have formed part of Wineries For Climate Protection, the first certification awarded specifically for environmental sustainability in the wine sector.

At Mar de Frades we are working on the 4 pillars established by WfCP with a view to achieving a 20% reduction in each one by 2023.

LIGHTER BOTTLES

Aim: to reduce CO2 emissions.

Glass is one of the most sustainable packaging options in terms of its production, and it is 100% recyclable. However, its significant weight increases CO2 emissions in transport logistics.

At Mar de Frades we are developing a new version of our iconic blue bottle with a 16% reduction in weight, which will mean savings of 93 t/year in glass and 47 t/year in CO2 emissions.

CELLULOSE LABELS

Aim: to minimise the use of plastic.

Our oceans are home to 150 million tonnes of plastic waste, which damage aquatic ecosystems and survival of their species.

In 2021, our plastic label with the iconic Mar de Frades wave will disappear and be replaced with one made of cellulose. We will not produce any more materials using plastic, using up those that we have left.

Furthermore, the Mar de Frades Brut Nature case will no longer be made of plastic, but will be replaced by a more sustainable alternative.

This commitment also extends to our suppliers of wood and cardboard, whose products are PEFC certified, guaranteeing that they come from sustainably managed forests.

VINEYARD BIODIVERSITY

Aim: to further the conservation of species and their habitats.

In recent years, many species have suffered the loss of their habitats, when they themselves help to slow down potential infestations of pests in the vineyard, making them a natural health network.

At Mar de Frades we have implemented nest boxes in our vineyards for the reproduction of birds such as owls, which are decreasing in number in Galicia, as well as bats.

We also encourage and build shelters for polarising insects and we are studying the possibility of creating aquatic microhabitats for the conservation of amphibians.

PASTURES WITH SHEEP

Aim: to reduce the use of herbicides and CO2 emissions, and improve biodiversity.

Sheep help to maintain the vineyard rows free of grass, reducing the use of tractors and herbicides. In addition, they give the soil organic material and favour the biodiversity of pastoral ecosystems.

As part of Mar de Frades’ biodiversity project, sheep come to graze at Pazo do Monte and Finca Valiñas.

COMPOSTING AND VERMICOMPOSTING USING WORMS

Aim: to reduce greenhouse gases, improve the conservation of the soil, bring us closer to “0 Waste” and enhance biodiversity.

Composting and vermicomposting help to maintain adequate fertilisation and oxygenation of the soil and, at the same time, generate microorganisms that contribute to the decomposition of organic material, thus completing the circular economy to create “0 Waste”.

At Mar de Frades, we make compost using all the parts of the grape that have been eliminated during the fermentation process (stalk, bagasse and seeds) and the remaining cuttings from our own vineyard and collaborative suppliers.

PRECISION AGRICULTURE

Aim: to reduce the use of phytosanitary products.

Precision agriculture allows us to manage the vineyard by observing, measuring and being proactive against the various factors that may affect it.

At Mar de Frades, we use botrytis, mildew and powdery mildew simulation models on our estates which, together with the seasons, allow us to predict when and where any of these three diseases might occur. This allows us to avoid systematic treatments and reduce the use of phytosanitary products by up to 30%.

CAMELLIA GARDEN

Aim: to improve biodiversity.

Camellias arrived in Galicia at the end of the 18th century, coming from countries like China and Japan. They were planted around the pazos and later in gardens of all kinds, with as many as 8,000 varieties, turning Galicia into an international reference for their cultivation and production.

To improve the biodiversity of our vineyard and, simultaneously, preserve and educate about this plant, we now grow 25 different varieties of camellias.

Over the next few years, we will gradually increase the number of varieties of camellias on our estates in order to form part of the “International Camellia Gardens of Excellence” project.

COVER CROPS

Aim: to improve biodiversity and capture CO2.

Cover crops limit the use of herbicides, increase the diversity of the ecosystem, reduce the potential transfer of agrochemicals to the water and reduce the use of phytosanitary products, favouring biological control by conservation.

At the Valiñas Estate we have begun with the use of cover crops, favouring the presence and diversity of insects and arthropods that naturally prevent pests, contribute to sustainable winegrowing, and improve the quality of the soil.

A LIFETIME IN SEARCH
OF SUSTAINABILITY

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SEXUAL CONFUSION IN THE VINEYARD

Aim: to reduce the use of phytosanitary products.

We tackle pests like moths using diffusers that spread pheromones and cause sexual confusion in the males, so that these do not fertilise the females and deposit their eggs in the grapes.

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PRECISION WINEGROWING

Aim: to use resources efficiently and reduce the use of phytosanitary products.

The seasons, drones and soil analysis all help us to be more efficient, enabling us to anticipate things like the watering needs or health of the crop, or the need to apply localised treatments.

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HIGH-ALTITUDE VINEYARDS

Aim: to adapt our cultivation systems to slow down maturation.

To achieve greater freshness at times of increased temperatures and to slow down maturation, we have started planting at a greater altitude, making this one of our commitments for future vineyard acquisitions.

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INTEGRATED PRODUCTION

Aim: to use resources efficiently and reduce the use of phytosanitary products.

Integrated production criteria allow us to maximise our natural resources and mechanisms of production, ensuring sustainable winegrowing with techniques that balance the needs of society, environmental protection and productivity, as well as operations involved in handling, packaging, labelling, and so on.

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R+D ECOLOGY

Aim: use of “0 Waste” products.

At our Monteveiga Estate in Ribera del Ulla, 0.5 ha are devoted to ecological cultivation using “0 Waste” products. This vineyard serves as a learning ground for us to gradually implement ecological cultivation in the rest of our vineyards.

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R+D MINORITY VARIETIES

Aim: the conservation of the varietal patrimony and the study of varieties that adapt to climate change.

As part of the Biological Mission of Galicia led by the CSIC, we have grafted three unexplored white grape genotypes, applying different cultivation methods to optimise the Godello variety in the D.O, and evaluated new winemaking techniques with the aim of producing a report on these varieties and their potential.

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ORGANIC FERTILISATION AND COMPOSTING

Aim: reduction of chemical fertilisers.

At Mar de Frades, we use only organic fertiliser and compost from the waste from the harvest (stem, bagasse and seeds), which puts back the nutrients extracted during the production of the grape, improving the biological activity of the soil and, in turn, its structure and capacity to nurture the plant.

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INTELLIGENT WATERING SYSTEM

Aim: reduction of water consumption.

Summers in Galicia are becoming warmer and warmer. This, in combination with the sandy loam soil of our vineyards, causes hydric stress on the plant. So as to be efficient with our use of water, we have already implemented intelligent watering systems on 4 of our 5 estates, with more to follow.

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SUSTAINABLE VINE HANDLING

Aim: minimal interference and reduction of synthetic treatments.

Being one of the major winegrowers in the area brings responsibilities. At Mar de Frades, we seek to keep interference with the vine to a minimum, using a number of techniques on the vineyard:

• We avoid defoliation, so as to aid the capture of CO2, reduce erosion and enhance the sensory quality of the grape.

• We use hybrid training systems that combine arbour and trellis, whose height allows us to intervene less and helps prevent freezes.

• We carry out tests with biocides, such as trichoderma, which helps us to use fewer synthetic treatments.