Individual wineries taking steps to improve their sustainability is to be applauded, but to make a real difference producers should look to collaborate on a bigger regional scale. That was one of the key conclusions given by John Holdren, professor of environmental science at Harvard University, who was talking as part of a major debate on how the wine industry is handling climate change during the opening day of Vinexpo.
Miguel Torres, president of Bodegas Torres, lamented the fact climate change is no longer on the main political agenda. He said none of the candidates in the recent Spanish elections had any policies to tackle the issue.
Kathryn Hall of Hall Wines in Napa said that despite President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement, the US wine industry was very much committed to tackling climate change. She pointed to various initiatives in California, like the Napa Green project.
Photo: John P. Holden, Professor of environmental science at Harvard University