Living Vineyards

Restoring Ecosystems, Cultivating Terroir

Mission

Thriving ecosystems, above and below ground, could be the most powerful solution to buffer the effects of climate change.​

Living Vineyards’ Mission is to empower winegrowers worldwide to become leaders in ecosystem restoration.

Through collaboration, innovation and education, we will prioritize ecological integrity to enhance biodiversity, soil health whilst producing exceptional wines.

Vision

Living VINEYARDS envisions a world where the art of winemaking harmonizes with the preservation and restoration of the natural environment, setting a new standard for responsible viticulture

Goals

  1. Align our community estates with the EU Nature Restoration Law and UN Decade on Restoration.
  2. Enhance and increase the natural capital of our members.
  3. Promote and root, beyond Porto Protocol’s network, the concept of ecosystems management.

By 2025
VINEYARDS TO BECOME LIVING ECOSYSTEMS

20%
Of Vineyards With Ecosystem Restoration Measures In Place
25%
of estates in conservation area

Leading Team

This project was triggered by Porto Protocol as part of its strategic vision for the future. To bring it to life, we created a Collaborative Network around it. Would you like to join us?

Nuno Gaspar De Oliveira

NBI - Natural Business Intelligence

Cristina Crava

The Porto Protocol

Tom Croghan

The Vineyards At Dodon

Watch or listen to “Establishing Vineyards Ecosystems”, the Climate Talk that kicked-off this project, where our leading team explore this initiative along we the concepts we are seeking to foster.

Timeline
Stage 1

Click below to apply to the
Living Vineyards PROJECT

Application
Stage

Step 1

Apply to be a pilot by filling this survey by December 8th.

Any winegrowing company, of any size, from anywhere in the world, regardless of its farming practices, is welcome to apply to this project.

Step 2

We will ask you to:

A) Send your Property Map in KMZ (Google earth) identifying its global area, its boundaries, productive and ecosystem services areas.

B) Fill in a questionnaire that will enable us that will provides us with the data to assess your application.

Step 3

Until January 15th, we will inform you if you’re one of the chosen applicants for the pilot stage.

Roadmap

Stage 1

PILOTS

  • 20 pilots to be selected
  • Collaborative peer-to-peer learning network
  • Proof of concept

Stage 2

(PP)ACT

  • Scaling within Porto Protocol
  • Dissemination
  • PP wine Map
  • PP Community Commitment
  • Funding

Stage 3

SCALING

  • Scaling within the wine industry
  • Global wine Map
  • Regional networks

WHY JOIN
Your Benefits

Environmental

Enhanced Biodiversity . Improved Soil Health & Fertility . Water Conservation . Climate Resilience Carbon Sequestration . Natural Pest Management . Wildlife Conservation

Social

Collaboration Opportunities . Peer to Peer support . Community Engagement . Communicate your success . Knowledge sharing opportunities . Access to experts Access to innovation . Cultural Preservation

Corporate

Leadership in Environmental Stewardship . Cost Savings . Regulatory Compliance Wine Quality . Long-Term Viability

A CALL
TO ACTION

CLIMATE RESILIENCE

  • Restoring ecosystems and adopting nature-based solutions in vineyards can contribute to carbon sequestration, contributing to the climate change mitigation.

GLOBAL COLLABORATION

  • The project’s global scope fosters collaboration among wineries, researchers, and environmental organizations, leading to the exchange of best practices and innovations.
  • Industry Standards: Successful implementation of the project may contribute to the establishment of industry-wide standards for responsible vineyard management.

WATER CONSERVATION

  • Practices like Dry-Farming, water-efficient irrigation and soil management contribute to water retention, especially in regions facing water scarcity.

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION:

  • The restoration of ecosystems can create habitats that support diverse plant and animal species, promoting biodiversity, contributing to broader efforts in wildlife conservation.
  • Increased biodiversity may lead to natural pest control, reducing the need for chemical interventions.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

  • The primary impact would be the ecosystem restoration surrounding and within vineyards. This includes improvements in soil health and its natural ability to sequester carbon, biodiversity, water quality, and overall ecosystem resilience.

LEADERSHIP

  • Wineries participating in the project showcase global leadership in environmental stewardship, setting an example for other industries to follow.

INDUSTRY TRANSFORMATION

  • Living Vineyards can catalyze a shift of paradigm in the wine industry towards more environmentally conscious practices.
    Encourage the development of new technologies and innovations for a holistic viticulture.

SOIL HEALTH AND FERTILITY

  • Practices like cover cropping and organic fertilization, enhance soil structure and fertility.
  • Erosion control measures contribute to soil conservation.

KNOWLEDGE DISSEMINATION

  • Living Vineyards can serve as an educational platform, raising awareness about the importance of ecological restoration and responsible vineyard management. A space for sharing solutions, benchmark and best practices to implement it.

WHAT IS
Expected of You

Stage 1

ENGAGEMENT
  • To share your knowledge & data, namely the map of your properties, the practices you have in place, your achievements and challenges, the fauna and flora present in your estate
  • Participate in working meetings (3 to 5)
  • To be responsive to questions of your peers
  • To be open to different perspectives and approaches
  • To be innovative and bold enough to implement new practices you have learned from others
  • To be supportive of this collective effort
INVESTMENT
  • Free of Costs
  • All contributions are welcome as they will allow us to allocate specialized resources to the project

Stage 2

ENGAGEMENT
  • To be available to become a Mentor (2nd stage)
  • To support next steps of the project
  • Continue engagement as described on Stage 1
INVESTMENT
  • Administrative fee: 500€/year (tbc)
  • Costs related to the implementation of new practices (dependent on the size of your property and/or the type of practice chosen)
  • Contribute to development of tools and to the collaborative network (amount tbc)

LIVING VINEYARDS

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