Adapting to climate change in Alentejo

By Tobias Webb
Iain Richardson, general manager at Mouchão

In this Sustainable Wine podcast Toby Webb talks with Iain Richardson, general manager at Mouchão Winery in Alentejo, Portugal. The Mouchão estate is roughly 900 hectares and of that only 43 are planted under vine.

They discuss how the winery has been affected by climate change, what the estate is doing in terms of climate adaptation in the vineyard, lessons learned from the Wines of Alentejo Sustainability Program, and the potential of landscapes approaches in the wine industry.


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About the author

Tobias Webb

Toby Webb is co-founder of Sustainable Wine. He is also founder of Innovation Forum, a leading platform for change in sustainable supply chains. He has spent 20+ years working in business and sustainability and has spent ten years teaching the subject at various London universities. He advises a number of companies large and small on sustainability. Businesses he has worked with include Patagonia, Interface, Bayer, SOK Group, Boots/Walgreens, Metro, Unilever, Nestle, Reckitt Benckiser, Sainsbury’s, and many others. He co-authored the UK’s national CSR strategy for David Cameron from 2006-10. He has been organising events, advising, teaching writing, blogging and podcasting on sustainable business since 2001. His (non-wine) blog is at