Wine families against climate change

An interview with Katie Jackson and Miguel Torres by Felicity Carter.

Miguel Torres and Katie Jackson
Miguel Torres and Katie Jackson

Familia Torres from Penedès, one of Spain’s leading wineries, has been at the forefront of sounding the alarm on climate change, and has invested heavily in research and renewables. In 2019 the company joined with Jackson Family Wines from Santa Rosa, California to create International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA). The group’s goal is to decarbonise the wine industry by sharing best environmental practices, verified by third parties. Each member undertakes to reduce greenhouse gases by 50 percent by 2030, aiming to become climate positive by 2050. Meininger’s spoke with Miguel Torres, president of Familia Torres, and Katherine (Katie) Jackson, vice president of sustainability at Jackson Family Wines, which owns wineries across the US, Europe and the New World.

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