Wine is one of the only branded agricultural activities that exists in the world. The industry strongly supports and sustains rural communities and landscapes. It is vulnerable to Climate Change.
The world of wine gathered in Porto to discuss and offer solutions to mitigate climate change. On the second day of the Climate Change Leadership Summit, world leaders in the industry took to the stage to share best practices from the vineyard to the consumer.
Adrian Bridge, CEO of Taylor’s and the event’s organiser, opened the ceremony by highlighting the importance of everyone’s cooperation in mitigating the effects of climate change. “Every person can do more than they already do. Many companies and scholars are leading initiatives, but in a fragmented manner. What’s important now is to start working together, on a basis of international cooperation between institutions, businesses and individuals.”
An outcome of the conference is The Porto Protocol by which conference participants commit to promote the solutions provided amongst winery owners, scientists, business leaders, policy makers, winemakers, vineyard workers and farmers, students, importers and distributors.
Conference speakers are experts and authorities in their fields, and will update delegates on the latest scientific findings focusing upon applied solutions coming from both within the industry and without.
Other agricultural production faces similar challenges but not all have a comparable advance time for planning that is necessary in vineyard investment.
Former Vice President Al Gore is the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis.
President of Bodegas Torres. Miguel joined the Torres family business in 1962, after studies at universities in Barcelona and Dijon, where he specialised in Oenology and Viticulture.
President and CEO of leading US wine importer Banfi Vintners and the internationally renowned Castello Banfi vineyard estate in Montalcino.
Director General of the OIV – International Organisation of Vine and Wine .
Portuguese Minister of the Environment and Energy Transition.
Chief Reputation Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer at MAX Burgers, the World’s First Climate-Positive Burgers.
President of the Porto Commercial Association
Director of Food technology at Marks & Spencer
Co-Founder and COO at Wine Intelligence
Director of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education, professor and research climatologist at Linfield College.
Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden.
Director of Research and Development at Sogrape
PhD, wine scientist and the Stephen Sinclair Scott Endowed Chair in Enology in the Department of Chemical Engineering at U.C. Davis
London-based winewriter, wine columnist at The Sunday Express. His first book, Wine Science, won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book in 2006, and a second edition was released in 2014.
Director of the Viña Concha y Toro Center for Research and Innovation since 2014, Gerard is a widely experienced agronomist-enologist from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
PhD, wine scientist and the Stephen Sinclair Dr José Vouillamoz is one of the world’s leading authority on the origin and parentage of grape varieties through DNA profiling.
Carlos Miranda, Ph.D, is Associate Professor and researcher in the Department of Agrarian Production at Public University of Navarra (UPNa) in Pamplona (Spain).
Curriculum Manager of the Wine Division at Plumpton College. Whilst in Bordeaux, he managed the family vineyard in the Entre-Deux-Mers and worked in in Sauternes and St. Émilion, becoming Winemaker for the GFA Leclerc vineyard group.
Soil Scientist for VinPro which represents the South African wine industry by providing wine farmers with expert advice. His main field of expertise are soil classification and GIS mapping.
Director of Sustainable Resource Management at Department of Agriculture: Western Cape.
Head of Viticulture Unit – International Organisation of Vine and Wine
Wine writer, author, jury member, speaker and consultant for 25 years. CEO of the Wine and Climate Change Institute in Oxford.
Director General of FSC International
Graduated in 1985 in Madrid as Technical Specialist Oenology and Viticulture, finished his Diplome National Oenologie in 1987 and became Technical Director in Gramona, taking over as CEO in 1995.
Chairman and CEO of Corticeira Amorim
Professor of Ecosystem Ecology at Universidad Austral de Chile. Founder and Director of the Wine Climate Change and Biodiversity Program of Chile
Joined Bollinger in 2003 as Assistant Production Manager, before becoming successively Vineyard and Sourcing Manager, then Technical Director.
CEO and founder of the company Chrand Marketing & Events.
CMO of BA Glass
Global Relationship Partner at PwC.
Editor of The Wine Economist blog and author of more than a dozen books including Wine Wars (2011) and Around the World in Eighty Wines (2018).
Ambassador of fine wines of Languedoc-Roussillon around the world. For over 30 years, with passion and enthusiasm, he has defended the wealth of his land, looking for excellence while respecting biodiversity
Executive Director, Food & Agribusiness Research at Rabobank, working to support the bank’s efforts in the beverage sector and further strengthen Rabobank’s long-standing relationships with major beverage clients around the world.
President and Chief Executive Officer at KRUG. In 2017, she has been appointed President of the MH Estates & Wines division. She is responsible of the development of seven Domains around the world.
Director of New Services at JF Hillebrand Group, the global leading service provider in the forwarding, transport and logistics of beverages and other products requiring special care.
National Sustainable Development Expert at IFV, the French Institute of the Vine and the Wine
CEO of Taylor’s Port
Second generation proprietor and Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Jackson Family Wines.
Editor in Chief of Wine Business Monthly
Award-winning business editor with over 25 years experience working across a number of fields including drinks, computing, grocery retail, convenience and travel.
Founder and current technical director of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition and Enofusion.
Technical Director at Uvasdoce, a specialist on table grape varieties, in charge of the Alicante company’s center for testing and selection of new varieties to grow in the Vinalopó Valley.
Speakers: Miguel Torres (ES) | Cristina Mariani-May (IT) | Margareth Henriquez (NL/VEN)
Moderator: Greg Jones (USA)
Speakers: Carlos Miranda (ES) | Chris Foss (UK) | Jöel Rochard (FR)
Moderator: José Vouillamoz (CH)
Speakers: Olga Barbosa (CL) | Heinrich Schloms (SA) | Gérard Bertrand (FR)
Moderator: João Barroso (PT)
Speakers: Tiago Moreira da Silva (PT) | Pierre Corvisier (FR) | Vicente Sanchez-Migallón (SP) | Kim Carstensen (DK) | Jane Muncke (CH)
Moderator: Richard Siddle (UK)
OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY & PORTO PROTOCOL
“A DATE WITH OCEAN” – The journey from the world’s largest beach clean-up to circular economy – Citizens movement.
“CLIMATE POSITIVE” – How Max Burgers is Inspiring Brands to Do More
“PREPARING FOR A CHANGING WORLD” – Create a climate resilient and zero-carbon world, powered by renewable energy.
“CARBON NEUTRALITY ROADMAP”
“PORTO PROTOCOL – A CASE FOR OPTIMISM ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS”
Established over three centuries ago in 1692, Taylor’s is one of the oldest of the founding Port houses. Based in Oporto and the Douro Valley the company is closely involved in all stages of the production of its Ports, from the planting of the vineyard and the cultivation of the grapes to the making, ageing, blending and bottling of the wines.
The family’s commitment to the future of Port is demonstrated in its single minded dedication to the highest standards in Port production, its continued investment in all aspects of the firm’s operations and its determination to preserve the unique environment of the Douro Valley through the promotion of sustainable and responsible viticulture.