Cousiño Macul - Cousiño Macul received the Wines of Chile Sustainability Code certification Cousiño Macul received the Wines of Chile Sustainability Code certification – Cousiño Macul
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Cousiño Macul received the Wines of Chile Sustainability Code certification

At Cousiño Macul we are proud to announce that we have certified our production’s permanent commitment to caring for the environment until 2021. The integration of flowers and native grasses between rows are just some of the actions we have developed to contribute to this mission that is everyone’s responsibility. We invite you to learn more about our sustainability projects in this article, you will be surprised how they contribute to our vineyards!

Every year, Wines of Chile gives several wineries a certification that, through an audit, measures how the winery behaves towards the environment, its collaborators, suppliers, clients and communities. The standards increase each time it is renewed, i.e. every two years, so we are very happy to have achieved this certification that supports our permanent commitment until 2021.

In addition to implementing waste management measures (recycling white paper, glass, plastic, cardboard, and aluminum) and social activities (hosting interns and community seminars), we are working on several ecological projects that allow us to reuse the company’s organic waste in our own vineyards and reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers.

Some of our most outstanding projects

Flower and Grass Planting: Besides being beautiful, the incorporation of native flowers and grass between rows in Block 20 (Macul) helps in the cycling of nutrients in the soil, control of weeds and pests, and prevention of soil erosion. We will use the results of this block to determine the management of the rest of the vineyard and see the possibility of replicating it.

Composting: We are converting 800,000 kilos of compost into nutritious fertilizer in Buin, while in Macul we are implementing a compost system called “Paca digestora”, which ferments the residues from the production of our Icon wines. The result of both will be used as an organic fertilizer for our vines, thus reducing the use of synthetic components.

RILES (Liquid Industrial Waste): In 2013 we installed a Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) type plant, the first of its kind to arrive in Chile, which through a treatment of bacteria transforms our RILES into irrigation water that is currently used for our vineyards.

Covered crops: 03 hectares of Buin has been sown with covered crops (oats, mustard seed and rye), which are a type of biological control that helps in the control of weeds and pests, water retention, preventing soil erosion, and reintegrating/cycling nutrients in the soil.