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When climate action meets efficiency along the wine operation

Climate Change rapidly is altering wine as we know it and it is disrupting Supply Chain and Logistics for the Wine Industry.
Business leaders in the Wine Industry in the process of adjusting to the new normal are trying to balance Environmental Sustainability and Profits. It seems that for the average Grape Grower or Winery, investments for renewable energy, advanced production technologies or alternative materials (packaging, shipping, etc) may appear harder to justify in an environment when many are attempting to survive in a precarious global economy.
It might be appropriate at this time, to accept the complexity and reality of Climate Action for everyone in the Wine Industry including Grape Growers, Wineries, Importers, Exporters, Distributors, Retailers and the Wine Consumer. This reality requires a new paradigm for the Wine Business and the engagement of all stakeholders.
The Wine Industry usually addresses an emergency by focusing on specific and concrete actions to adapt and/or mitigate the crisis. The immediately is a focus to implement alternative viticulture techniques, allow planting of previously prohibited varieties of Vitis Vinifera, reviewing but not necessarily accepting packaging options, water use, and energy waste, etc.
However, many of these solutions only fix the problems caused by Climate Change for the short term. In order to make significant changes that will impact for the long term in the positive, Operations Executives must take a broader look at the overall Supply Chain and Logistics issues.


The OUTPUTS expected from this Climate Talk are a clear understanding of:
 What shifts towards a wine operation that adapts and mitigates Climate Change can contribute to a more efficient and effective operation.
 To assess and share what specific measures your company has implemented to turn a climate action strategy into an operational reality?




5pm UTC


In this Climate Talk we will explore what an Operations Executive needs to consider to implement strategic changes across the whole value chain: From logistics, packing to warehousing and offices; From waste, water and energy management, to tracing hidden wastes and looking at the whole product’s life cycle. From reevaluating transportation to organizational culture, customer and workforce motivations as well geographical differences.
We will also comment on the concerns organizations might have about the ``trade-offs`` of implementing a Strategic Climate smart Plan on their Efficiency and Competitiveness.


Marta Mendonça . PORTUGAL

Manager at The Porto Protocol Foundation
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, Marta Pelo Mundo, 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.


nicolas quillé

Nicolas Quillé . USA

COO and Chief Winemaker at Crimson Wine Group

Nicolas Quillé MW was born in Lyon, France, into a family with three generations workingin the wine business. Nicolas holds a Master degree in enology from the University ofDijon in Burgundy and a Master degree in sparkling winery management from theUniversity of Reims in Champagne. Nicolas also holds an MBA from the University ofWashington in Seattle and is a member of the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine.Nicolas has worked for wineries in Burgundy, Provence, Champagne, the Rhône valley, theDouro valley, Oregon, Washington and California.

Nicolas has more than 25 years of experience in the wine industry with an emphasis onviticulture, winemaking, quality control, wine business management, wine portfoliomanagement and merger and acquisitions. He has judged at numerous wine competitionsand is speaking at wine conferences on a regular basis. Currently, Nicolas is the ChiefWinemaking and Operations Officer for the Crimson Wine Group based in Napa, Californiaand he lives in Portland Oregon.

Nicolas has a keen interest in transforming wine into the most natural and carbon freebeverage. Therefore, he spends much time on worrying about saving our planet in relationto how grapes are grown and how wines are made. Nicolas shares his thoughts onLinkedIn several times a month and is the co-author of “Understanding Wine Technology,4th edition”, one of the most recommend book explaining how wine is made.


Mafalda Vasques . PORTUGAL

Resident Winemaker at Herdade dos Grous

Mafalda Vasques started her path in the world of wine by taking a degree in Enology from Trás os Montes e Alto Douro University, in 2007.

She also studied at Faculté d’Oenologie – Université Victor Segalen in Bordeaux and finished her studies with a Master in Enology and Viticulture in the Instituto Superior de Agronomia – Lisbon (2010-2012).

She worked in different countries such as Australia, Italy, Chile and France, which allowed her to increase her knowledge about viticulture and winemaking and also get closer to the worldwide wine culture.

In February 2015 she joined the Herdade dos Grous and Quinta de Valbom Winemaking team, led by Luís Duarte. She has been learning a lot since then, not only with this excellent winemaker, but also with all the team members in the several areas like production, management, marketing and sales.


Richard lloyd

Richard Lloyd . AUSTRALIA/UK

General Manager, European Operations and Supply Chain at Accolade Wines

Richard has been with Accolade Wines for over 11 years where he has been the passionate, driving force behind the award-winning Accolade Park site from its inception. He now leads the end to end European Supply Chain and Operations, delivering an industry leading service to the diverse customer base. Through his experience Richard has created industry leading dynamic operational platforms in the sector thus providing clear differentiation in cost, quality and service for both internal and external customers. Rigorous business review processes founded on metrics supporting strategic objectives are the foundations he always embeds.

 A personally recognised leader in the FMCG industry for his knowledge and deployment of the Lean methodology transcending the entirety of the supply chain from customer to supplier. He has represented UK manufacturing on behalf of the European Union and Japanese Governments as they looked to share best practice techniques. Voted one of the Top 25 most influential leaders in UK Manufacturing for Transformational Leadership and a regular keynote speaker at industry forums.

 Richard has a Masters in Lean Operations Management and holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree. Previously he held a number of production management roles with Imperial Tobacco