Biodiversity: preserving Scottish terroirs


Protection of biodiversity and preservation of natural resources

Faithful to its motto, “We believe terroir matters”, Bruichladdich is conducting a project for the reintroduction of traditional barley on the Isle of Islay. This is an experiment that goes back several years (1st harvest in 2004), involving different varieties of barley with the aim of preserving the terroir.

The preservation of Bere Barley, in particular, has been rewarded with the “Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Award for Innovation.” Another example can be seen in the organic barley produced at the Mid Coul farm on the banks of the Moray Firth in northeast Scotland. This requires the rotation of crops over a 5-harvest cycle in order to preserve the fertility of the soil. This organic approach to agriculture has a proven positive effect on local biodiversity.