Moët Hennessy, which owns the Champagne Houses MOËT & CHANDON and DOM PERIGNON, VEUVE CLICQUOT, RUINART, KRUG, and MERCIER, will stop using herbicides in all his vineyards of Champagne at the end 2020.

The announcement was made by the CEO of Moët Hennessy Philippe Schaus at the Wine Paris fair that took place on 10-12th February.

He explained that they will replace herbicides with mechanical weeding thanks in particular to electric tractors and robots, and that the group has invested in a dozen electric straddle tractors developed by the Champagne constructor Kremer, at a cost of 200,000 euros per unit.

Stanislas Milcent, director of research and development in the environment sector, added that from October to March, in order not to pack the soggy soils, part of the vineyards will be weeded in eco-pasture by sheeps.

Mr. Schaus also disclosed that the group will build a new research and development center in Champagne worth 20 million euros.

The mission of the 20 people who will work there is to study new methods of viticulture in response to global warming.