The renowned winemakers behind Bodegas Torres, also known as the Torres family, were featured in a New York Times article highlighting their capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change. The author, wine writer Eric Asimov, writes about the company’s highly unique 200-acre Sant Miquel vineyard, where the company is growing grape varieties pirene and forcada, which didn’t exist a few years ago. They are part of the winery’s effort to find a solution for wine caused by climate change.
In effect, winemakers everywhere are being forced to reevaluate their strategies: which grapes to grow, how to make their wine, where to sell it, where to place their vineyards, how to farm, etc. Warmer temperatures take their toll on grapes, lowering their acidity, increasing their sugar, and in general yielding wines that are unbalanced.
Bodegas Torres has taken extraordinary measures to prepare for the future. Together with Jackson Family Wines, they created the International Wineries for Climate Action, an organization dedicated to convincing winemakers to reduce their carbon emissions. And the Torres family is leading by example: the company has reduced its emissions by 28% since 2008 and is aiming for 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2045.
Its Pac de Penedès winery is powered by biomass, solar power and geothermal energy, and its roof collects rainwater. Visitors and employees move around the facilities on electric and hybrid vehicles, it only works with suppliers that have the same values in terms of climate change, and it’s also stepping up its efforts for reforestation. In short, this Spanish company is an example for winemakers across Spain and all the world.