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An international non-profit institution, committted to make a greater contribution to mitigate climate change.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED

Porto Protocol is a key outcome of the Climate Change Leadership conferences, an undertaking by all participants to adopt and promote the principles and measures established at the summits, by signing the Letter of Principles for The Porto Protocol.

At the city of Porto, a natural stage for this commitment. A dynamic and entrepreneurial city which values innovation and proactive leadership but also respects and protects its heritage. Porto is one of the world’s great Wine capitals and the hub of some of Europe’s most diverse vineyard regions, including some that are at great risk from climate change.

 

Who we are

The Porto Protocol Foundation is an international non-profit institution, founded by Taylor Fladgate Port, with hundreds of other members commitTed to make a greater contribution to mitigate climate change.

Born in the wine industry and spread across the whole value chain, we strive to be a catalyst of climate action. Our belief is that, if we share our successes and experiences, our response to climate change will be more effective.

We are a community of practice, an open platform, a dynamic database of resources and workable solutions, a place of inspiration for change and collaborative sharing.

Porto Protocol has been awarded with the prize for best Green Initiative by the The Drinks Magazine Green Awards 2020.

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MISSION

To drive collaborative action by bringing together a network of change makers and workable climate solutions for and within the wine world.

VALUES

Sustainability , Optimism , Sharing through Responsibility , Collaboration , Commitment

VISION

A wine industry that leads a collaborative climate response and a business transformation for generations to come.

ADRIAN BRIDGE

“I would urge you all to support this important initiative in any way you can so that together we can make a difference in tackling climate change and its growing impact on our everyday lives.”

LEADER OF THE PORTO PROTOCOL &
CEO OF THE FLADGATE PARTNERSHIP

Global Steering Committee

DIANE SEYSSES

DOMAINE DUJAC
FRANCE

GREG JONES

ABACELA
USA

NUNO GASPAR DE OLIVEIRA

NBI
PORTUGAL

RICHARD SMART

SMART VITICULTURE
AUSTRALIA

Our Team

Marta Mendonça

Marta has built most of her career in Marketing & Sales, having worked with various brands, countries, industries and companies. In the past few years, before joining Porto Protocol, Marta was working with her own brand and consultancy project, through which she took sustainability and climate advocacy to schools, events and companies, promoting awareness and encouraging change. Marta holds a dregree in International Relations, a Post-Graduation in Marketing and a Master in Corporate Social Responsibility.

MANAGER
Cristina Crava

Cristina is an Environmental Engineer, a Safety and Health at Work Advanced Technician and holds a Post-Graduation in Management. She has built most of her career in an academic setting, at Católica University, in Porto, first as a teacher and as the scientific coordinator for the Environmental Quality Specialized Course and later on, as Advanced Training Manager. Cristina always worked in environmental consultancy across various industries, alongside her educational path, and still finds the time to manage, along with her family, their Vinho Verde project.

PROJECT MANAGER

Expert Panel (coming soon)

ANTÓNIO MAGALHÃES

THE FLADGATE PARTNERSHIP
PORTUGAL

LINDA JOHNSON BELL

TWACCI
UK

NICOLAS QUILLÉ MW

CRIMSON WINE GROUP
PORTUGAL

MIGUEL CACHÃO

AVIPE
PORTUGAL

Regional Representatives

ROBIN LAIL

AMBASSADOR
USA

KENN POGASH

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
USA

WENDY CAMERON

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
AUSTRALIA

ANTONI SANCHEZ

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
SPAIN

FLORENCIA GOMEZ

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
UK/ARGENTINA

SYLVIA PETZ

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
NORTHERN EUROPE

Climate change can no longer be dismissed as a far distant threat - it is a current reality and vineyards around the world are showing visible signs of that. It's critical that we take decisive action to reduce carbon emissions in order to limit the degree of future warming, and all of its consequences, and to prepare to adapt to those that can no longer be avoided. The Porto Protocol is an important step in that direction

Robert Dickinson

President of Argos Analytics, LLC

As a proud member of the Porto Protocol, Herdade de Coelheiros is committed to continue the long-term goal of being an example of sustainability and development in the Alentejo through the preservation of biodiversity, reduction of water consumption, significant increase renewable energy, lighter bottles and minimum chemical usage. As wine growers, we are honoured to be part of this initiative which will impact generations to come.

Alberto Weisser

Owner of Herdade de Coelheiros

As a group of biodynamic vintners it is one of our principles to live, work and produce in a sustainable and ecofriendly way. We are proud to stand by the Porto Protocol to help to change climate again for our future generations.

Michael Goess-Enzenberg

Chairman of respekt-BIODYN & owner of Manincor Winery

The great thing about the wine business is that it is a world wide community, and we have the opportunity to ban together, to take important action (on climate). It's already happening at the Porto Protocol, which offers an important way to link arms and create impact

Robin Lail

Founder & President at Lail Vineyards

Climate change is already part of our lives, generating serious social challenges that can hardly be controlled. The Universidade Católica Portuguesa, a founding member of The Porto Protocol, is strongly committed to the challenges posed by climate change and believes that our joint efforts of experience and science will contribute to the development of new solutions

Isabel da Cruz

Pres. of Universidade Católica Portuguesa

We have to try to do this together, and find ways of musterring all of our empathy, all of our hope and working together in spaces without judgement, a lot of technical support , information and help, and there is no betterplace to find that than The Porto Protocol

Mimi Casteel

Hope Well Wines

Porto Protocol is a forum where we share best practices, we learn from our neighbors, inspire each other and one of the great resources out there. Hope that you join me and other great producers and work towards building a more climate resilient and sustainable wine community.

Jason Haas

Partner and General Manager, Tablas Creek