Green Awards 2018: the winners revealed

Green Lifetime Achievement Award

José Roquette, founder of Esporão

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to a person who started life in banking but, since the 70s, has driven a successful wine business, while creating a green leader in the world of drinks production. Indeed, the business he founded in Portugal back in 1973 was a previous winner of our Sustainability Award, and has been a shortlisted company for other categories in former ceremonies, not least the winery’s worthy attempt to prevent the construction of the Tua Valley dam in the beautiful Douro Valley, near Porto, where our recipient was raised.

At his winery estate, which is based in the Alentejo, he has created a wetland conservation area, and made the company the first in the wine business to join the ‘Countdown 2010’ biodiversity initiative, as well as converted his entire production to organic farming. In particular he has spearheaded an ampelographic vineyard to preserve almost 200 native Portuguese grape varieties, while, also, proving his socially-responsible bent, provided free English classes for his employees, while adopting an ethical business code.

Now in his 80s, our recipient has done an enormous amount to further ecological and ethical initiatives in the wine business in Portugal, making him a very worthy recipient of 2018’s Green Lifetime Achievement Award.

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