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Beyond sustainability 

Five generations of winemakers at Familia Torres have given us a privileged perspective. We firmly believe in social, environmental, and financial sustainability. This, together with our inherited tradition of constant innovation, puts us in an excellent position to successfully manage the challenges of the future. Yet our legacy goes beyond sustainability to care for the Earth for future generations and give back to nature and society, both of which have given us so much. 

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Environmental sustainability

The more we care for the earth, the better our wines

Has been our motto for generations, and we have always worked the land with the utmost respect. However, we all need a new way of understanding wine in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. With that aim, we have focused our efforts on reducing our carbon footprint, while recovering ancestral varieties, promoting research, and implementing regenerative viticulture to benefit the vineyards and the planet. 

In 2008, we strengthened our commitment to the environment by creating the Torres & Earth programme with the aim of mitigating the effects of global warming by reducing our carbon footprint, adapting to the new climate situation, and raising awareness both within the sector and society about the need to take action. Our objective is to reduce our CO2 emissions per bottle – from the vineyard to the end consumer – by 60% in 2030 to become a net zero emissions winery before 2040 (Objectives related to all wineries by Miguel Torres SA). 

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Miguel A. Torres, named one of the world´s 100 climate leaders by TIME magazine

Miguel A. Torres, president of Familia Torres, has been named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people leading climate action globally. The inaugural TIME 100 Climate list, which has just been published, includes Miguel A. Torres in the "Innovators" category, being the only wine producer to appear in the ranking.

News

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IWCA launches 3rd Annual Report: Disclosing progress in reducing GHG emissions in the wine industry

International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) has just released its 3rd Annual Report setting another milestone for the international collective of 45 pioneering wine producing companies. 

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Familia Torres presents the VII Torres & Earth Awards to distinguish actions against the climate emergency

Familia Torres presented the Torres & Earth Awards, which recognize every year the commitment of suppliers, territories and communicators in the face of the climate emergency. 

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Familia Torres launches Gonfaus 2021, the new wine made from recovered ancestral varieties

Família Torres presents Gonfaus 2021, the new exponent of the project to recover ancestral varieties. 

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Familia Torres presents its Transition Plan towards Net Zero by 2040

Familia Torres has unveiled its Transition Plan towards decarbonization, a detailed roadmap with which it expects to achieve its targets for reducing direct and indirect CO2 emission, culminating i

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Familia Torres introduces animal pasture in the sustainable management of its forests

Familia Torres introduces animal pasture in the sustainable management of its forests. 

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Familia Torres tests the reuse of glass bottles in Garraf restaurants

Familia Torres launches a pilot trial of reusable glass bottles in restaurants to evaluate the technical, economic and environmental viability of this circular system. 

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Familia Torres strengthens the application of solutions throughout the value chain to reduce its carbon footprint

Familia Torres moves forward with its Torres & Earth environmental program to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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The XI Environmental Conference addresses eco-anxiety and the youth climate struggle

The XI Environmental Conference, twelve experts and climate activists to talk about the effect of the ecosocial crisis.

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The 3rd Regenerative Viticulture Conference delved into how microbial soil life makes vineyards more resilient

The Association of Regenerative Viticulture held its annual Regenerative Viticulture Conference

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The first international certification in regenerative viticulture comes into force

The Regenerative Viticulture Alliance (RVA) international certification is the highest standard in regenerative viti

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The XI Environmental Conference addresses eco-anxiety and the youth climate struggle

The XI Environmental Conference gathered on 7th June, in Barcelona, twelve experts and climate activists to talk about the effect of the ecosocial crisis. 

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IWCA 2022 Annual Report released: Setting the agenda for wine industry decarbonization globally

IWCA 2022 Annual Report released: Setting the agenda for wine industry decarbonization globally. 

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Pirene 2020, a new ancestral wine by Familia Torres from the foothills of the Pyrenees

Pirene is the fourth Familia Torres wine made from recovered ancestral varieties and the second varietal wine. 

Regenerative Viticulture

We are committed to transforming our organic vineyards with the regenerative viticulture model in the belief that it is the only model that can help combat climate change. Regenerative viticulture recovers the natural fertility of the soil, prevents erosion, and encourages biodiversity. 

In short, regenerative viticulture is a method that focuses on restoring life to vineyard soils by imitating exactly how nature works in a natural environment. The more life in the soil, the greater the capacity to capture atmospheric CO2 and to stop rising temperatures. Simultaneously, the accumulation of organic carbon in vineyard soils improves soil health, increases resilience to erosion, and the capacity to prevent drought owing to increased water-holding properties. It also encourages greater biodiversity to create a balanced ecosystem that benefits both the vineyard and your environment. 

Mitigation

The actions that most help us to reduce our CO2 emissions are the generation of our own renewable energy, which – it is responsible for 39% of the energy we consume in the Penedès cellar – energy efficiency measures and sustainable mobility (the plan to increase the fleet of electric vehicles, electric car sharing ...). We have also reduced the weight of our bottles and we are now looking to reuse, manage and recycle the waste generated, optimise our water resources and vineyards, bet on regenerative viticulture.

 

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We capture and reuse the CO2 produced during fermentation in a pioneering circular economy project at the Penedès winery. CO2 is reused as an inert gas to protect the wine while in the vats. 

However, the project that will help us to capture more atmospheric CO2 in the coming years is the reforestation of our estate in Patagonia, Chile, where we aim to plant two-thousand trees before 2030.

All the initiatives that will hopefully allow us to reach the emission reduction targets are detailed in the Miguel Torres SA Net Zero Transition Plan, which follows the requirements of the United Nations initiative Race to Zero that we are members of.

Adaptation

To reduce the impact of rising temperatures on winegrowing, we are adapting our vineyards using cultivation methods to delay grape ripening. We are also implementing new technologies for precision viticulture such as drones, satellites, and sensors to maintain the quality of our wines. With future generations in mind, we are looking for new environments in which to plant our vineyards, higher altitudes where the climate is cooler. As a result, we have planted vines in Tremp in the Catalan Pyrenees at 950 metres above sea level, and in Els Tossals de Porrera, which, at 950 metres above sea level, is the highest zone in Priorat with llicorella soils. We are also investigating Benabarre in the Aragón Pyrenees at 1,200 metres above sea level, although for now it is still too cold there to plant.  

We are also focusing on recovering ancestral varieties that, as well as being oenological treasures, are able to adapt to high temperatures and drought. Miguel A. Torres initiated this passion project in the early 1980s to recover ancestral varieties on the brink of extinction with the aim of rediscovering our winegrowing heritage before the onslaught of the phylloxera plague. Thanks to the fifth generation’s insightful determination, the project now focuses on those varieties that might become the solution for the future of winegrowing. Of the more than 50 recovered varieties, we are focusing our efforts on six: Forcada, Moneu, Querol, Garró, Gonfaus, and Pirene. We want to make unique wines adapted to climate change that reflect our wine history, heritage, and diversity. 

Research

We have allocated important resources to research with the aim of finding ways to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. One of the areas we are investigating, in collaboration with universities and other businesses, is the development of CO2 capture and reuse technologies or CCR technologies (Carbon Capture and Reuse). 

 

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We also participate in and lead national and international projects to study the influence of climate change on vines and wines to facilitate new adaptation and mitigation processes.  

Awareness

We encourage our collaborators and suppliers to share in our commitment to environmental best practices and to reduce their own CO2 emissions. Every year, we hold the Torres & Earth Awards to recognize the commitment of supplies, regions, and communicators in the fight against climate change. We also participate in the yearly Environmental Sessions held at the University of Barcelona. 

We all must act at every level, in every sector, and around the globe to decarbonize the economy, work together, and share knowledge. With this aim, we joined forces with Californian winery Jackson Family Wines in 2019 to found the International Wineries for Climate Action, and in 2021, together with four other partners, we created the first Regenerative Viticulture Association in Spain.