Montes Wines is committed to the transformation process necessary for a sustainable future. Over the past few years, Montes has been working on switching from non-renewable to renewable energy sources.
Earlier this year, the international sustainable energy company, ENGIE, issued Montes a I-REC certificate for 2021, confirming that all their electrical energy comes from 100% sustainable sources.
ENGIE is a leading world group that provides low-carbon energy. ENGIE aims to meet the challenges of climate change by achieving #NetZeroCarbon by 2045. Guided by its objective statement, ENGIE reconciles economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet, using its expertise in all areas to assist in achieving this recognition.
CHANGE STARTS TODAY
Sustainability has always been an important part of what Montes does, which is why they have joined organizations like Plastic Oceans and ÜÑÜ, who are agents of change and with whom they can help generate a real and significant impact in the communities where they are present.
At Montes, the belief is fundamental to involve themselves in caring for the environment. Sustainability is the future, and they will continue working every day to protect our planet for future generations.
Together we can combat plastic waste and the loss of native forests!
Despite the inclement weather, with intense rain and low temperatures, the Montes Team participated enthusiastically in the planned activities during this year’s Trees & Seas.
"Participating in festivals like Trees & Seas helps to fill the soul and brings us closer to our angels."
- Rodrigo Barria, Agricultural Manager
DRY FARMING AT MONTES WINES
Montes Wines is the only winery in Chile that carries out dry farming, resulting in highly efficient water use.
The Effects of Montes's Dry Farming
In 2009, Montes started a pioneering sustainable dry farming project, and managed to reduce their total water consumption by more than 65%, relying mostly on just rainfall to water the vineyards, rather than irrigation. With this project alone, Montes achieved an annual water saving of the same amount of precious water consumed by 3,200 families.
The results until now have been spectacular, confirming that less irrigation results in higher quality grapes, with enriched fruitiness and aromatic expression. These grapes are smaller than normal but have a higher phenolic concentration, which allows for the wine’s better natural, slow oxidation in barrel, achieving more complexity and character through ageing.