- Category: Wine & Sustainability in Alentejo, Portugal Wine & Sustainability in Alentejo, Portugal
- Published: 28 October 2022 28 October 2022
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.
Esporão is one of the most famous brand names in Portuguese wine and especially in Alentejo. João has played a leading role driving the company’s move towards organic viticulture.
During my visit I saw huge amounts of effort going into researching indigenous varieties for adaptability to the new climate conditions which are extreme today but will rapidly become normal tomorrow.
The extent of this work has made Esporão a phenomenal success. The company owns 623ha of organic vineyards – the biggest ownership in Portugal, representing about 18% of total organic production in the country.
Here João talks us through how the company reoriented itself as a pioneer toward sustainability goals before the WASP programme was established.
He also says the Alentejo region as a whole should be proudly waving the flag as leaders in Portugal in taking bold environmental action.