Solutions for the Wine Industry 2019 - Climate Change Leadership Porto
The Climate Change Leadership Porto Summit developed a unique convergence of expertise, wisdom and inspiration, bringing together some of the world’s leading scientists and authorities on climate change and the environment. The first conference happened on July 6th 2018 and the next one will take place next 6th-7th March 2019, at Alfândega do Porto.
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First Conference about Climate Change & Wine Industry in Porto

The wine industry is vulnerable to climate change.

This is the greatest challenge our industry faces today. We are well placed to tackle this threat but it requires more than good intentions. Concerted and urgent action is needed on the part of all industry players and of those who supply and work with them.

New ideas for the industry

The CLIMATE CHANGE LEADERSHIP PORTO aims to provide practical and proven solutions, both short and long term, that will help mitigate the impact of a changing climate on our industry.

The Conference Programme
The event

5th-7th March 2019

The Climate Change Leadership Porto – Solutions for the Wine Industry presents a Wine Conference, an Exhibition area and a Summit, enabling all elements of the wine industry to work in concert in developing a safe and sustainable future by reducing carbon emissions. In working together to accomplish this in Porto, we seek to unite the industry by demonstrating our global leadership.

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Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its historical center was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. One of Portugal’s internationally famous exports, port wine, is named after Porto. In 2012, 2014 and 2017, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.

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5th March – Alfândega Congress Center


12.00 – 18.00


14.00 – 19.30


18.30 – 19.30





6th March – Alfândega Congress Center


08.00 – 09.00


09.00 – 18.00


09.00 – 09.15



09.15 – 10.30


Speakers: Miguel Torres (ES) | Cristina Mariani-May (IT) | Gerard Bertrand (FR) | Margareth Henriquez (VEN)

Moderator: Greg Jones (USA)

Content: The world’s foremost wine climatologist concerned with its impact on wine hosts a group of noted winemakers who’ve intense engagement making changes in their vineyards due to the effects of climate change.


10.30 – 11.45


Speakers: Kim Nicholas (SE) | António Graça (PT) | Gerard Casaubon (CL)

Moderator: Greg Jones (USA)

Content: ‘It all starts in the vineyard’, and while the wine producers of the New World, especially the southern hemisphere, haven’t yet experienced the drastic shifts that the Old World and northern hemisphere have to date, many are initiating projects to adapt and prepare for a changing climate.


11.45 – 12.00



12.00 – 13.00


Speakers: Paul Willgoss (UK) | Kaj Török (SE)

Moderator: Richard Halstead (UK)

Content: This session should emphasize the importance of learning from and communicating with consumers, as well as consumer perception of the issue. The session will analyze which will be the cost of adaptation and mitigation from a marketing point of view and for the consumer, and how to create competitive advantage from being more proactive.


13.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 15.15


Speakers: Roger Boulton (USA)

Moderator: Jamie Goode (UK)

Content: A presentation based on the research done at UC Davis for the design of their new LEED Platinum, self-sustainable winery. Topics to be covered include capture and on-site sequestration of carbon dioxide from fermentation; potassium-based, peroxide sanitizing chemestries; advances in winery design, energy auditing, reduction and efficiency protocols and thermic management.


15.15– 16.00


Speakers: Valentina Lira (CL) | Francisco López (ES) | Gilles Descôtes (FR)

Moderator: José Vouillamoz (CH)

Content: Successful examples of adaptation strategies being implemented internationally in the areas of: Rootstock selection, Vineyard management, Mitigation of pests & diseases, Vineyard practices, Selection of varieties


16.00 – 16.45


Speakers: Carlos Miranda (ES) | Chris Foss (UK) | Jöel Rochard (FR)

Moderator: José Vouillamoz (CH)

Content: The LIFE-ADVICLIM project develops climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, demonstrates their application at the vineyard scale, enabling wine producers to assess the impacts of climate change on their plots, simulate adaptation scenarios, and measure the greenhouse gas emissions related to their practices.


16.45 – 17.15



17.15– 18.00


Speakers: André Roux | Carlos Cosín

Moderator: Linda Johnson-Bell (UK)

Content: Presentation covering practical examples of hydric maintenance strategies used to mitigate a changing climate. Topics will include the current use of oenological products, the politics of domestic and foreign water resources, potential cost variables, and hydric management.


18.00– 18.45


Speakers: Cindy DeVries (USA) | Jaume Gramona (ES)

Moderator: Linda Johnson-Bell (UK)

Content: This session will show examples of how the wine industry is calculating its carbon footprint, what initiatives have been implemented for the reduction of CO2 emissions and practical examples of CO2 sequestration methods currently in and those projected for future use, and best practices in waste management.





7th March – Alfândega Congress Center (am) / Coliseu Porto Ageas(pm)


09.00 – 10.00


Speakers: António Amorim (PT) | Olga Barbosa (CL) | Heinrich Schloms (SA)

Moderator: Patrick Spencer (USA)

Content: Choosing where to establish and how to structure a vineyard impacts its ongoing its health, the resultant wines, and therefore the consequences of its business. In this financial obligations intersect with its varietal expressions and the fate of human intervention.


10.00 – 11.00


Speakers: Tiago Moreira da Silva (PT) | Pierre Corvisier (FR)

Moderator: Adrian Bridge (PT)

Content: This session will focus upon strategic and logistical solution are being applied to minimize carbon impact and expand energy efficiency related to retail vessels, labeling, packaging and transportation. Learn what businesses have been doing to improve the means of getting wine to its drinkers in a much more economic and environmentally friendly manner.


11.00 – 11.15



11.15 – 12.15


Speakers: Malcom Preston (UK) | Stephen Rannekleiv (USA)

Moderator: Mike Veseth (USA)

Content: Managing a business model embracing excellence of execution and a careful means of constructing it is a nuanced matter requiring a broadly scoped, brave, and sensible vision. Experts from these sectors will share how it is they determine which projects to purse, plan, and produce.


12.15 – 12.30


12.30 – 13.30



Coliseu Porto Ageas

Climate Change Leadership Summit 2019


 14.30 – 14.45



14.45 – 15.15

To be announced


15.15 – 15.45

“A DATE WITH THE OCEAN” – The world’s largest beach clean-up project.

Speaker: Afroz Shah (IN)


15.45 – 16.15

To be announced


16.15 – 16.30



16.30 – 17.00

To be announced


17.00 – 18.00


Speaker: Al Gore


18.00 – 18.15



19.30 – 22.30


Confirmed Speakers
Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, and the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Al Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990.

Miguel Torres

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. He has written several books, the most recognised being Vineyards and Wines. First published in 1977 it is now in its seventh revised and updated edition, available in Spanish and English.

Cristina Mariani-May

President and CEO of leading US wine importer Banfi Vintners and the internationally renowned Castello Banfi vineyard estate in Montalcino. Mariani-May has been dedicated to environmental sustainability, leading innovations such as a “bio-bed” system developed to purify waste water; rainwater-sourced, variable flowrate micro-irrigation; and lightweight glass bottles. For these and other initiatives, Mariani-May was named one of “The Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink” by Fortune and Food & Wine magazines in 2015, and “Woman of the Year” by The Drinks Business in 2018.

Paul Willgoss 

Director of Food technology at Marks & Spencer, one of the UK’s leading retailers, committed to making every moment special through the high quality, own brand food, clothing and home products we offer in our stores and internationally. Food quality has always been at the heart of M&S story, leading the way ever since becoming the first British food retailer to appoint a Food Technologist in 1948.

Kaj Torok

Kaj Török is CRO (Chief Reputation Officer) and CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) at MAX Burgers,  the World’s First Climate-Positive Burgers. MAX was founded in Sweden, above the Arctic Circle, in 1968, and is the oldest burger chain in Sweden. The family-run business was named one of the world’s Ten Most Innovative Companies in Food, 2011 by Fast Company.

Richard Halstead 

Richard is co-founder and COO at Wine Intelligence. He leads the company’s strategy practice and works closely with multinational clients on product development, branding and routes to market projects. Richard’s early working life was spent in business journalism, including spells as a staff writer on the Independent on Sunday and the Mail on Sunday.

Greg Jones

Gregory V. Jones is the Director of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education, holds the Evenstad Chair in Wine Studies, and is a professor and research climatologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at Linfield College. He specializes in the study of climate structure, suitability for viticulture, how climate variability and change influence grapevine growth, wine production and quality.

Kim Nicholas

Kimberly Nicholas is an Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden. She studies how to manage natural resources to both support a good life today, and leave a living planet for future generations. In particular, her research focuses on sustainable farming systems, using nature-based solutions to benefit both people and ecosystems, and linking research with policy and practice to support a zero-emissions society that she hopes to live to see.

António Graça

Antonio Graça is Director of Research and Development at Sogrape. He holds a Master degree in Enology from UTAD university and lectures for courses and master classes in several universities around the world. He is a recognized viticulture expert with the OIV – International Association for Vine and Wine, and tasting judge for international wine contests such as the International Wine Challenge (London) and Mundus Vini (Neustadt).

Roger Boulton 

PhD, wine scientist and the Stephen Sinclair Scott Endowed Chair in Enology in the Department of Chemical Engineering at U.C. Davis

Jamie Goode

London-based winewriter who is currently wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express. He won the 2007 Glenfiddich Wine Writer of the year award. His first book, Wine Science, won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book in 2006, and a second edition was released in 2014.

Pierre Corvisier

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. As a true wine lover his career has flourished since his first appointment in French business development to a corporate role now focusing upon the development of beverage logistics across the primary beverages markets, and the efforts in building greener and sustainable supply chain operations.

José Vouillamoz

Dr José Vouillamoz is one of the world’s leading authority on the origin and parentage of grape varieties through DNA profiling. Swiss grape geneticist of international fame, trained with Prof Carole Meredith at the University of California at Davis (USA), he’s the co-author with the two Masters of Wine Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding of the multi-award winning book Wine Grapes (Allen Lane, 2012), the ultimate reference on all the grape varieties that are cultivated in the world.

Carlos Miranda

Carlos Miranda, Ph.D, is Associate Professor and researcher in the Department of Agrarian Production at Public University of Navarra (UPNa) in Pamplona (Spain). He specializes in pomology, genetic resources and how management and climate influence fruit tree and grapevine growth, production and quality. His 20-year teaching and research activity include pomology, phenology, plant-climate interactions, climate change and genetic resources evaluation.

 Chris Foss

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. He moved to Plumpton to launch programs in Wine Production in 1988. Chris lectures principally in vineyard establishment and management, vine protection, and sustainable viticulture, manages Plumpton’s 8-hectare vineyard, and is on the Wine GB South-East Committee.

Heinrich Schloms

Today Heinrich works as a 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, his main goal to help wine producers to manage their soil in a sustainable manner. Water security and heat waves has become a major issue in the Western Cape and Heinrich believes that the key to survival lies in the soil.

André Roux

Director of Sustainable Resource Management at Department of Agriculture: Western Cape. 21 years of service with the Department of Agriculture: Western Cape involved in optimal agricultural water utilisation and management and other agricultural engineering aspects such as animal housing, handling and waste management, mechanisation, on-farm value adding and the conservation and sustainable utilisation of our natural resources. Managed FruitLook project which provides weekly ET data to irrigation farmers across the Western Cape province and contributed to the development of the SmartAgri climate change resilience project. Retired at end July 2017.

Carlos Cosín

CEO of Almar Water Solutions. He is responsible for strategic management of the company, whose main investor is Abdul Latif Jameel, to implement and promote its activity in the water sector. Mr. Cosín holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Madrid, Spain. He has been an active member of the International Desalination Association Board of Directors for the last two terms (2013-2015 and 2015-2017). He also was a member of the Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) between 2013 and was born and raised in Madrid, Spain.

Linda Johnson-Bell 

Johnson-Bell has been a wine writer, author, jury member, speaker and consultant for 25 years, having trained in France where she edited Vintage International. She has a B.A. in International Relations from Scripps and l’Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris, was a Rotary Graduate Scholar and has post-graduate diplomas in Law from University of Oxford. She is presently the CEO of the Wine and Climate Change Institute in Oxford

Cindy DeVries 

As Chief Operating Officer, Cindy DeVries oversees sustainability, viticulture, grape sourcing, wine production, supply chain and regulatory compliance operations at Fetzer Vineyards, a leading marketer of multi-origin wines, with products sold in over 50 countries globally. In her role, DeVries has worked to solidify the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability, including rigorous certifications for B Corporation status, Zero Waste operations, and adherence to the CarbonNeutral® Protocol.

Jaume Gramona

After graduating in 1985 in Madrid as Technical Specialist Oenology and Viticulture, Jaume Gramona finished his Diplome National Oenologie in 1987 and became Technical Director in Gramona, taking over as CEO in 1995. He is an Associated Lecturer of Oenology at the University Rovira i Virgili, and since 2009 has been working as lecturer of sparkling wines at the Institute of Corporate Trainin.

António Amorim

Chairman and CEO of Corticeira Amorim, graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in International Commerce, having concluded post-graduate studies in Management at INSEAD, Stanford and Columbia Universities as well as in Oenology at the University of Bordeaux. In 1996, Antonio Amorim was appointed Chief Executive of the cork stopper division of Amorim’s industrial branch and five years later, in March 2001, became Chairman and CEO of the entire cork operation.

Olga Barbosa 

As the founder and director of the Wine Climate Change and Biodiversity Program of Chile she engages the wine industry in the conservation of the Chilean Mediterranean Ecosystem, important not only for wineries that depend on the provision of ecosystem services that sustain production and wine quality, but also for successful climate change adaptation of the industry and local communities, a research program  reinforced by a strong knowledge transfer strategy to engage and empower the wine sector in the conservation of their habitat.

Gilles Descôtes

Gilles Descôtes, 47, is an agronomy engineer (a graduate of AgroParisTech) and oenologist. He joined Champagne Bollinger in May 2003 as assistant production director becoming director of vineyards and supply two years later. Having particularly good relationships with the workforce, he was made technical director in 2012 and has effectively been in charge of production for some time. Since 2013 he is the  Chef de Caves of BOLLINGER and responsible for the production of Champagne up to the point of shipping,  the supply of grapes and the House’s vineyards.

Patrick Spencer 

Patrick Spencer is the Executive Director of the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance a nonprofit forest conservation organization, whose mission is to preserve and protect the Mediterranean cork forests. He earned his BS in Environmental Sciences from Connecticut State University.

Carlos Moreira da Silva

Chaiman of BA Glass, present in 7 countries, producing over 8 billion containers in 11 colors annually. With a total of twelve plants and 3.800 employees, BA distributes glass packaging to more than 80 countries around the world. As a result of these efforts, BA became a reference supplier to the main food & beverage industries, where it stands out due to the quality of its products and the ability to, together with the customers, find innovative and flexible solutions.

Malcom Preston 

Malcolm Preston is Global Head of Sustainability Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and leads a global team of some 700 sustainability and climate change experts, with over 100 based in the UK. Malcolm’s role is to drive the understanding of sustainability and climate change throughout the firm to ensure the risks and opportunities associated with these issues are considered in the advice PwC gives to its clients.

Mike Veseth

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). He is a sought-after speaker at wine industry meetings both in his native United States and internationally. He’s professor emeritus of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and in 2010 was named Washington Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Gerard Bertrand

Leading expert from the South of France recognized by all wine lovers. As a wine-grower and owner of flagship estates, he has acquired a unique expertise in the terroirs of Languedoc-Roussillon. Brought up in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs of this region, which produces sparkling wines, reds, whites, rosés, varietal wines or appellation wines. A rich array of promises to fulfill all tasting expectations.

Stephen Rannekleiv

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. He leads the beverage research team and provides colleagues involved in the beverage industry with thought-provoking ideas, analytics, and insights.

Afroz Shah

Young Indian lawyer from Mumbai, is synonymous with the world’s largest beach clean-up project. LLM (Gold Medallist),Counsel, Bombay High Court. Champion of Earth, United Nations. Indian of the year, Public Service, CNN News 18.

Valentina Lira

Deputy Manager of Sustainable Development for Viña Concha y Toro, in charge of the development and implementation of the company’s Sustainability Strategy and its implementation in the various areas. Today she also leads the Integrated Quality Committee of the company.

Francisco López

Technical Director of Uvasdoce, an agricultural engineer from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Specialist in table grape varieties, is in charge of the Alicante company’s center for testing and selection of new varieties to grow in the Vinalopó Valley. He is also the person in charge of the selection of pesticides, herbacides and other treatments.

Margareth Henriquez

President and CEO of the House of Krug, in Reims, France. The House of Krug is at the very top of the Champagne industry, it is the only house that has created only Prestige Champagnes since it was founded in 1843. In December 2017, in addition to Krug, she has been appointed President of the MH Estates & Wines division. She is responsible of the development of seven Domains around the world, all pioneers in their countries of origin.

Gerard Casaubon

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. Casaubon’s credentials include postgraduate degrees in Sensory Science and Consumer Behavior Studies, a M.Sc. from Chile’s Universidad Adolfo Ibañez and a UC Davis Diploma.

Joël Rochard

National Sustainable Development Expert at IFV -French Institute of the Vine and the Wine

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