In order of creation:

Ep 1. Wines of Alentejo Sustainability Programme - Intro to region, producers, climate scientists and WASP

This podcast media series focuses specifically on sustainability in Alentejo, a wine-producing area covering nearly all of southern Portugal. The project includes interviews with a number of winemakers including Iain Richardson from Mouchão, the team Herdade dos Grous, Luis Patrão from Coelheiros, and João Roquette from Esporão.

 

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Ep 2. Dr Gregory Jones discussing Southern Portugal as a climate vulnerable region

In the second episode of the Alentejo climate and sustainability series, I’m speaking with winemaker and climate scientist Dr. Greg Jones, who has co-authored climate and wine research papers looking at the vulnerability of certain regions to climate change.

frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; fullscreen; picture-in-picture" loading="lazy">One in particular that is relevant to this series titled ‘Climate Change & Global Wine Quality’, published in 2005 states, “Other regions currently with warmer growing seasons, i.e. southern Portugal may become too warm for the existing varieties grown there and hot climate maturity regions may become too warm to produce high-quality wines of any type.”

 

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Ep 3. Herdade de Mouchão, Biodiversity, Terroir, A Scorching Climate & Struggle for Sustainability

Mouchão is a great example of an integrated estate in Alentejo where different flora and fauna are interwoven to create the whole.

The Sobreiro, or cork oak trees, are an integral part of the history of this region and yet, as Iain tells us, climate is one of the drivers that is causing a substantial die-off against which he and his team are fighting.

For reference, the Arroba, mentioned in this recording is actually a measure used for weighing cork, equivalent to 15 kilograms.

The story of Mouchao is one that really marries the past with the present in terms of identifying the moment where history and tradition are faced with the need for non-linear responses in order to achieve sustainability.

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Ep. 4 – Adega De Borba, Sustainability in Alentejo equals Survivability of Communities, Helena Ferreira

During my trip across Alentejo, it was a pleasure to visit the cooperative Adega de Borba. Winemaking in and around Borba has a long pedigree and is even mentioned in ‘Murray’s handbook to Travels in Portugal’, published in 1864, with reference to ‘A considerable quantity of wine is produced at Borba..’

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Ep 5. João Roquette, Herdade do Esporão, Leaders in Sustainability in Alentejo wine production

In this episode of Sustainability in Alentejo Wine Series, I am speaking with João Roquette, CEO and Chairman of the Esporão group about the company’s transformation to organic and resilient production.

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Ep 6. Prof. Kimberly Nicholas, Regenerative viticulture is “Working with Nature” Sustainability In Alentejo Series

In this interview with climate and wine scientist, Professor Kimberly Nicholas, we discuss the urgency of the climate crisis and the need to scale up mitigation and adaptation in the wine industry and beyond to avoid catastrophic impacts of climate heating.

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Ep 8. Creating a Sustainable Alentejo Wine Region - João Barroso WASP Manager

In this final Sustainability in Alentejo episode, I speak with João Barroso, manager of the Wines of Alentejo Sustainability Programme (WASP). We discuss how the programme evolved from a need to respond to worsening climatic conditions, into a solid certification programme to help communicate the measured results of producers who take sustainability seriously.

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Ep 7. Luis Patrão at Herdade de Coelheiros Alentejo - Regenerative, Resilient, Balanced

In this episode, I am speaking with Luis Patrão, director of enology and viticulture at Coelheiros, a stunning 800 hectare, historic estate, north of Evora, in the centre of Alentejo.

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