Wine and Nature

Theme 1
Session: How consumers perceive environmental responsibility strategies for winemaking.

Moderator: Joshua Greene – journalist
Editor and Publisher of Wine & Spirits since 1986. Has traveled extensively in the wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa and all the major wine regions of the United States.

Mollie Battenhouse – Master of Wine
Mollie has 25 years of experience working in the food and wine trade as a chef, sommelier, wine director, wine writer and educator in the USA. Has an extensively knowledge of the world’s wine growing regions: Argentina, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, France, Portugal, Germany, Spain, and all over the USA.

António Graça (PORVID)
Co-founder and board member of PORVID, an association guardian of the genetic variability of the native varieties of Portuguese grapevines who establish the first Conservation Centre for Full Native Grapevine Diversity in the world. He is R&D responsible at Sogrape Vinhos de Portugal and expert member in Viticulture Workgroups at OIV- International Organisation of Vine and Wine.

Erik Wolf (World Food Travel Association)
President and CEO of the World Food Travel Association (WFTA). He is a leader, strategist and consultant, in the US and abroad, on food and drink tourism issues. He is based in Portland, Oregon, USA. The WFTA is a non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) and the world’s leading authority on food tourism. The Association is at the forefront of food and drink tourism development and promotion.

Theme 2
Panel discussion: Examples of environmental responsibility strategies.

Moderator: Manuel Carvalho – journalist
Manuel Carvalho is a renowned journalist of Público, a main Portuguese daily newspaper. He is also a wine connoisseur and passionate about the Douro wine region where he was born, being the author of books focused in this region.

Joan Isham (Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, South Africa)
Joan Isham is dedicated to Sustainable Agriculture, managing the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), in South Africa. BWI was established in 2004 using a voluntary membership model. It has since received international recognition from the South African wine industry as leaders of the global wine sector in demonstrating the balance between nature and farming. One third of the wine industry now has environmental management plans in place, co-developed with WWF.

Ainhoa Peña (Pernod Ricard Bodegas, Spain)
Ainhoa Peña is the Sustainable Performance & Production Manager at Pernod Ricard Bodegas, in Spain. She will share their great experience in environmental sustainability at the winery Campo Viejo, in the Rioja Wine region, focusing in architecture and design, vineyards, atmospheric emissions, energy eficiency, water managment, ecodesign, waste managment and biodiversity.

Nuno Vilela (Duorum, Portugal)
Nuno Vilela is the Biologist consultant of Duorum Vinhos project, located in the Alto Douro Winemaking Region. This wine company was the 2015 great European winner of the prestigious award Anders Wall, which is awarded to the best biodiversity project management and landscape in rural areas.

Vasco Croft (Aphros, Portugal)
Aphros is a pioneer in the Vinho Verde wine region cultivating biodynamic vineyards. Vasco Croft started with input from French biodynamic consultants and the estate has been fully Demeter (biodynamic) certified since 2011.

Languages: Portuguese and English, simultaneous translation