Segonzac, home of Mademoiselle Manor and 10 generations of Elie Ferrands, lies in the middle of Grande Champagne, with vines stretching as far as the eye can see. Here, the illustrious Ferrand family tended their vines for centuries and today we carry on this time- honored tradition in taking care of our Grande Champagne vineyards.
Embracing the heritage of these enlightened farmers, we follow in their steps, working with the land to create a virtuous relationship between Ferrand and nature. In our vineyards we take unique steps to ensure soil regeneration with a limited use of pesticides. The rows between our vines are covered by grass, which helps with soil aeration and creates a mulch, naturally preventing the growth of weeds.
Wandering our vineyards, you might stumble upon one of our fluffy friends. These organic lawn mowers are our Shropshire sheep. We are trialling this environmentally- friendly method, in which the sheep add fertilizer and are less detrimental to soil compaction compared to a mechanical tractor. We put them out after harvest to keep the vineyard healthy during the winter and ready for next year’s growth. These practices keep our land healthy and productive for generations to come.