Climate Change Leadership Begins Today In Oporto

Posted: Mar 05, 2019

The editorial team at is proud to be participating and reporting from the Climate Change Leadership conference in Oporto Protocol.

The event is being held at the prestigious Alfândega Conference Centre in Oporto, Portugal.

The Summit keynote speech will take place at the Conference Centre. It will be open to delegates attending the conference as well as to the local business community, policy makers, dignitaries, celebrities and students.

The Summit's title: Solutions for the Wine Industry defines its scope, goal and powerful speaker (Including Al Gore) and curriculum lineup.

The extensive curriculum will delve into every area where the wine industry can make a positive impact on climate change. This is a rare opportunity to have the body of experts and information on the topic of climate change and its impact on our industry.

Topics by date will include:

6th March – Solutions For The Wine Industry Conference


7th March – Solutions For The Wine Industry Conference


7th March –  Porto Summit 2019

“A DATE WITH OCEAN” – The journey from the world’s largest beach clean-up to circular economy – Citizens movement.
“CLIMATE POSITIVE” – How Max Burgers is Inspiring Brands to Do More
“PREPARING FOR A CHANGING WORLD” – Create a climate resilient and zero-carbon world, powered by renewable energy.

This years's summit includes the following industry experts and leaders: 

Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore is the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis.

Miguel Torres

President of Bodegas Torres. Miguel joined the Torres family business in 1962, after studies at universities in Barcelona and Dijon, where he specialised in Oenology and Viticulture.

Cristina Mariani-May

President and CEO of leading US wine importer Banfi Vintners and the internationally renowned Castello Banfi vineyard estate in Montalcino.

Pau Roca

Director General of the OIV – International Organisation of Vine and Wine .

Nuno Botelho

President of the Porto Commercial Association, which manages the emblematic Palácio da Bolsa and is the oldest business association in the country.

João Matos Fernandes

Portuguese Minister of the Environment and Energy Transition.

Paul Willgoss 

Director of Food technology at Marks & Spencer, one of the UK’s leading retailers. Food quality has always been at the heart of M&S story, leading the way ever since becoming the first British food retailer to appoint a Food Technologist in 1948.

Kaj Török

Kaj Török is Chief Reputation Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer at MAX Burgers,  the World’s First Climate-Positive Burgers.

Richard Halstead 

Richard is co-founder and COO at Wine Intelligence. He leads the company’s strategy practice and works closely with multinational clients on product development, branding and routes to market projects.

Greg Jones

Director of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education, holds the Evenstad Chair in Wine Studies, and is a professor and research climatologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at Linfield College.

Kim Nicholas

Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden. She studies how to manage natural resources to both support a good life today, and leave a living planet for future generations.

António Graça

Director of Research and Development at Sogrape. He holds a Master degree in Enology from UTAD university and lectures for courses and master classes in several universities around the world.

Roger Boulton 

PhD, wine scientist and the Stephen Sinclair Scott Endowed Chair in Enology in the Department of Chemical Engineering at U.C. Davis

Jamie Goode

London-based winewriter who is currently wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express. His first book, Wine Science, won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book in 2006, and a second edition was released in 2014.

Gerard Casaubon

Director of the Viña Concha y Toro Center for Research and Innovation since 2014, Gerard is a widely experienced agronomist-enologist from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

José Vouillamoz

PhD, wine scientist and the Stephen Sinclair Dr José Vouillamoz is one of the world’s leading authority on the origin and parentage of grape varieties through DNA profiling.

Carlos Miranda

Carlos Miranda, Ph.D, is Associate Professor and researcher in the Department of Agrarian Production at Public University of Navarra (UPNa) in Pamplona (Spain).

 Chris Foss

Curriculum Manager of the Wine Division at Plumpton College. Whilst in Bordeaux, he managed the family vineyard in the Entre-Deux-Mers and worked in in Sauternes and St. Émilion, becoming Winemaker for the GFA Leclerc vineyard group.

Heinrich Schloms

Today Heinrich works as a Soil Scientist for VinPro which represents the South African wine industry by providing wine farmers with expert advice. His main field of expertise are soil classification and GIS mapping.

André Roux

Director of Sustainable Resource Management at Department of Agriculture: Western Cape.

Alejandro Fuentes Espinoza

Head of Viticulture Unit – International Organisation of Vine and Wine

Linda Johnson-Bell 

Johnson-Bell has been a wine writer, author, jury member, speaker and consultant for 25 years. She is presently the CEO of the Wine and Climate Change Institute in Oxford.

Kim Carstensen 

Director General of FSC International

Jaume Gramona

After graduating in 1985 in Madrid as Technical Specialist Oenology and Viticulture, Jaume Gramona finished his Diplome National Oenologie in 1987 and became Technical Director in Gramona, taking over as CEO in 1995.

António Amorim

Chairman and CEO of Corticeira Amorim, graduated from Birmingham University, having concluded post-graduate studies in Management at INSEAD, Stanford and Columbia Universities as well as in Oenology at the University of Bordeaux.

Olga Barbosa 

Professor of Ecosystem Ecology at Universidad Austral de Chile. As the founder and director of the Wine Climate Change and Biodiversity Program of Chile she engages the wine industry in the conservation of the Chilean Mediterranean Ecosystem essential for the provision of ecosystem services that sustain production, wine quality and communities.

Gilles Descôtes

Joined Bollinger in 2003 as Assistant Production Manager, before becoming successively Vineyard and Sourcing Manager, then Technical Director. Now in charge of blending, he watches over Bollinger’s 164 hectares of vineyard and is also in charge of production, from the sourcing of the grapes through to shipping.

Pancho Campo 

CEO and founder of the company Chrand Marketing & Events.

Tiago Moreira da Silva

CMO of BA Glass, a reference supplier to the main food & beverage industries, where it stands out due to the quality of its products and the ability to, together with the customers, find innovative and flexible solutions.

Robert Swaak

Global Relationship Partner at PwC.

Mike Veseth

Editor of The Wine Economist blog and author of more than a dozen books including Wine Wars (2011) and Around the World in Eighty Wines (2018). He is a sought-after speaker at wine industry meetings both in his native United States and internationally.

Gerard Bertrand

With 15 estates composed of exemplary terroirs, Gérard Bertrand is the ambassador of fine wines of Languedoc-Roussillon around the world. For over 30 years, with passion and enthusiasm, he has defended the wealth of his land, looking for excellence while respecting biodiversity

Stephen Rannekleiv

Executive Director, Food & Agribusiness Research at Rabobank, working to support the bank’s efforts in the beverage sector and further strengthen Rabobank’s long-standing relationships with major beverage clients around the world.

Margareth Henriquez

President and Chief Executive Officer at KRUG. In 2017, she has been appointed President of the MH Estates & Wines division. She is responsible of the development of seven Domains around the world.

Pierre Corvisier

Director of New Services at JF Hillebrand Group, the global leading service provider in the forwarding, transport and logistics of beverages and other products requiring special care.

Joël Rochard

National Sustainable Development Expert at IFV, the French Institute of the Vine and the Wine

Adrian Bridge

CEO of Taylor’s Port

Francisco López

Technical Director at Uvasdoce, a specialist on table grape varieties, in charge of the Alicante company’s center for testing and selection of new varieties to grow in the Vinalopó Valley.

Vicente Sánchez Migallón 

Founder and current technical director of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition and Enofusion.

Richard  Siddle

Award-winning business editor with over 25 years experience working across a number of fields including drinks, computing, grocery retail, convenience and travel.

Cyril Penn

Editor in Chief of Wine Business Monthly

Katie Jackson 

Second generation proprietor and Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Jackson Family Wines.


Al Gore: Former US Vice-President and Founder of the Climate Reality Project
Miguel Torres: President of Bodegas Leader and a global Climate Change champion.

The Organizing Committee 

Adrian Bridge

CEO of Taylor’s Port 

Pancho Campo

Conference Director

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