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.
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
Align our community estates with the EU Nature Restoration Law and UN Decade on Restoration.
Enhance and increase the natural capital of our members.
Promote and root, beyond Porto Protocol’s network, the concept of ecosystems management.
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
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.
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.
Until January 15th, we will inform you if you’re one of the chosen applicants for the pilot stage.
- 20 pilots to be selected
- Collaborative peer-to-peer learning network
- Proof of concept
- Scaling within Porto Protocol
- PP wine Map
- PP Community Commitment
- Scaling within the wine industry
- Global wine Map
- Regional networks
WHY JOIN Your Benefits
OUR Global Impact
- Restoring ecosystems and adopting nature-based solutions in vineyards can contribute to carbon sequestration, contributing to the climate change mitigation.
- 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.
- Practices like Dry-Farming, water-efficient irrigation and soil management contribute to water retention, especially in regions facing water scarcity.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wineries participating in the project showcase global leadership in environmental stewardship, setting an example for other industries to follow.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Free of Costs
- All contributions are welcome as they will allow us to allocate specialized resources to the project
- To be available to become a Mentor (2nd stage)
- To support next steps of the project
- Continue engagement as described on Stage 1
- 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)