At Château Fonplégade, we are proud to be one of the pioneers of organic viticulture here on Bordeaux's legendary Right Bank. For us, a return to organic farming is a return to the prestigious winegrowing heritage of Saint-Emilion. The unique heritage of this historic vineyard landscape was recognized in 1999, when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Saint-Emilion as a World Heritage site. As the old Roman paths above our vineyard attest, winegrapes have been grown at Fonplégade for centuries upon centuries. For all of this time, the vineyard did more than endure, it thrived without the use of modern chemicals.
We believe there are no "shortcuts" or "quick fixes" to great viticulture, and that excellence is achieved through a virtuous and intimate relationship with our vineyard. We also believe that it is our privilege and responsibility to be good stewards to our land so that it may be preserved for generations to come. But most important, we believe in our vineyard—its complex character, natural vitality and innate greatness.
To allow this greatness to shine, we farm Château Fonplégade without the use of any synthetic chemicals, using our hearts, our hands and two very helpful horses. We proudly completed our three-year "Agriculture Biologique" certification through ECOCERT in early 2013.