Château Quintus is a true haven
of phenomenal biodiversity.
The environmental specificity of Château Quintus lies in its Mediterranean Green Belt, a true haven of biodiversity. The sublime natural gardens and terraces of Quintus, covering two hectares, are delightful at first glance, with numerous hedgerows, majestic holm oaks, low stone walls and verdant escarpments. All these treasures of the landscape heritage that surround the plots of vines are important shelters for natural allies, vital for the vineyard to prosper.
Fauna and flora
The recent inventory of the profusion of auxiliary fauna and flora of the property, carried out with the assistance of a doctor of entomology and landscape ecology, reveals a rare abundance of species: 800 types of auxiliary fauna gathered, divided into 200 different species and 80 varieties of wild flower were counted at the estate. Among these auxiliaries are birds such as black-capped chickadees, but also bats and of course insects, which are predators for the different parasites in the vineyard. They thrive in the vine foliage but also in the hedgerows, woods and inter-row flora.
To supplement these natural assets and enrich this breeding ground of biodiversity, the vineyard workers sow wild flowers on fallow land on the escarpments of the hillside slope and in plots where vines are uprooted. Grass cutting, scything and mechanical work on the soils are all kept to a minimum. They also plant hedgerows of local varieties, creating ecological corridors in the less wooded areas. More than fifteen nesting boxes and bug hotels are installed at the property to provide shelters and overwintering habitats. In the same logic of biodiversity preservation, since 2017 insecticides are no longer used at the estate.
The continuous work of all the Quintus teams committed to this environmental approach has been rewarded by the estate obtaining dual certification: High Environmental Value (HEV) since 2018 and ISO 14001 since 2019, within the collective framework of the first association for the EMS (Environmental Management System) of Bordeaux wines.