We look at the sustainable winemaking efforts of the Bamfords at their beloved Château Léoube and how they are beacons of hope in the world of sustainability.
Due to the threat of global warming, it is becoming evident that we all need to be more eco friendly and sustainable to help protect the planet and our longevity on earth.
Global winemakers are taking up this challenge to embrace more sustainable ways to produce wine and help reduce climate change and one woman and her husband have been doing this already for around 25 years.
Baroness Carole Bamford of the famous Daylesford Farm bought the Château Léoube with her husband Anthony Bamford of JCB notoriety many years ago and have been making delicious organic wines since.
Château Léoube is in the Provence region of France in an idyllic bay of the Mediterranean sea. The Bamfords took over the Château in 1997 and have since grown it into the thriving business it is today from a humble but previously successful vineyard.
Organic sustainability is paramount to everything Carole Bamford does which is why after successfully developing Daylesford Farm in the Cotswolds, they wanted to bring this same ethos to their winemaking.
The organic pioneers have worked to transform the estate using natural and responsible techniques to produce the fine wines of Léoube we can enjoy today.
The transformation to sustainable winemaking has seen them receive an official organic certification in 2010, and since then, their success has gone from strength to strength.
The Léoube organic wines have been awarded:
- The Drinks Business green awards biodiversity award, runner-up
- Love by Léoube scores 90 pt at the ultimate wine challenge, silver at the global Masters’ awards
- Rosé de Léoube scores 91 pt Robert Parker, 91 pt at the ultimate wine challenge, gold at the global Masters’ awards, gold at the organic global Masters
- Secret de Léoube scores 92 pt Robert Parker, wins gold at the global Masters’ awards
- La Londe wins 90 pt at the ultimate wine challenge
The Bamfords have implemented a zero-waste approach to help ensure non organic materials are either reused or recycled, and this approach extends to their packaging.
In addition, they are encouraging much of their land to remain wild and planting additional trees to increase the land’s biodiversity and encourage wildlife, all of which help reduce their carbon footprint.
Château Léoube is a beacon of hope in the world of winemaking, showing how biodiversity and sustainability can make all the difference.
Léoube wines are now producing some remarkable wines and some of the most enjoyable in the Provance region. Their Love by Léoube Organic Côtes de Provence dry rosé is a delight to drink, and you can taste the love that has gone into producing this wine, which is apt considering the name.
Their sparkling wine is also delicious and ideal for any celebration.
If you ever fancy visiting Château Léoube, you will be in for a real treat because there is a beach, cafe and you can even pick up some of their very own olive oil. It sounds like heaven to us.