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Snow Spring in Douro Valley

The Fladgate Partnership CEO, Adrian Bridge, shared with The Drinks Business an unusual weather event that took place yesterday, March 30th, at the heart of the Douro Valley. Instead of bright sunshine and flowers, the region was surprised by snow. A reminder that despite we are naturally overwhelmed with an unprecedented and immediate emergency, climate change remains a reality that requires our focus.     See the full article below In sharp contrast to the usual springtime conditions in Portugal’s Douro, the wine region is covered with snow, as captured by Adrian Bridge, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership. "A dusting of snow at São João da Pesqueira in the Douro" Bridge, who heads up the...

CO2 Capture by Cork enouth to offset footprint of Glass

Corticeira Amorim , one of Porto Protocol's mentors, unveiled a report through The Drinks Business, that shows how a cork can capture enough CO2 to ofset the footprint of a glass wine bottle. See the article below Following a study commissioned by Corticeira Amorim, but independently conducted by Ernst & Young during December 2019, it has been revealed that a single natural cork stopper is proven to capture up to 309g of CO2, while a sparkling wine stopper can retain even more at 562g (due to the greater amount of cork used in its production). According to Amorim, this means that cork closures can offset the carbon footprint of...

The Furnance of the Future is Coming

‘FURNACE OF THE FUTURE’ A ‘MAJOR MILESTONE’ IN MOVE TOWARDS ‘CLIMATE-NEUTRAL’ GLASS PACKAGING The article below, published by the drinks business,is about the partnership created by various European players that gathered to build a furnace that will run on 80% green electricity. Please find the whole article below: Using a collaborative approach, with a forecast completion date of 2022, and with Germany the chosen location, a new furnace that will run on up to 80% green electricity in place of fossil fuels is due to be fully operational by 2023. Dubbed the ‘Furnace of the Future’, as many as 20 European container glass manufacturers have come together...

Portuguese Adegga response to Prowein’s cancellation

This initiative is over, but its adaptive response is inspiring: Due to Prowein's cancellation, Portuguese Adegga have decided to organize a digital wine event as a way to help Portuguese wine producers meet wine professionals – those previously registered for Prowein or other ones interested in learning more about Portuguese wine. You can check it on - Portugal Wine Week   Day 1 MARCH, 16TH Day 2 MARCH, 17TH ...

Eight Ways Wine Will Change in 2020

"Eight Ways Wine Will Change in 2020" is the title of an article published by Bloomberg. Its opening quote is, unavoidably, on how #climatechange has changed the game, for example, regarding the timing and approach to grape harvest, and how it will continue to do so, especially with 2019’s scorching heat waves in France, catastrophic fires in Sonoma, California and South Australia. At least two more trends are, in one way or another, related to a greater need for balance between profit and planet: 1) How #globalwarming will lead to new experiments across wine regions. 2) Innovative packaging will come along, from refillable, reusable jugs and flat bottles made from recycled plastic...

Climate Change Could Force Winemakers to Seek New Varieties of Grapes

The article below was published by Jan Wesner Childs, at www.weather.com, on January 31, 2020: Winemakers might have to adjust what kind of grapes they grow, and wine drinkers which tastes they prefer, as warmer temperatures worldwide put grapes in the bull’s-eye of climate change, according to a new study. “It’s going to be very hard, given the amount of warming we’ve already committed to … for many regions to continue growing the exact varieties they’ve grown in the past,” Elizabeth Wolkovich, one of the study’s authors and an evolutionary biologist at Harvard University, told the Harvard Gazette. “But what we’re interested in talking about is how much...

Symington Launchs 1M€ Impact Fund

Symington Family Estates, a Porto Protocol member, has created a new fund worth €1 million to support social, cultural and environmental initiatives in the Douro and Alentejo. Below you will find the article taken out of the Synington official website: In 2020 we are celebrating two historic milestones – the 200th anniversary of Graham’s Port (established 1820) and the 350th anniversary of Warre’s Port (established 1670). To mark these two events – a reflection of the longstanding friendship between Portugal and Britain – we have created a new Impact Fund with an initial pledge of €1 million euros. The Symington Impact Fund will primarily support positive causes...

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