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Ep 3: Herdade de Mouchão, Biodiversity, Terroir, A Scorching Climate & Struggle for Sustainability

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Nick Breeze

Climate journalist and host of the ClimateGenn podcast.

In this Alentejo Wines episode, I am speaking to Iain Richardson, from the wine estate, Mouchão.

Mouchão is a great example of an integrated estate in Alentejo where different flora and fauna are interwoven to create the whole. 

The Sobreiro, or cork oak trees, are an integral part of the history of this region and yet, as Iain tells us, climate is one of the drivers that is causing a substantial die-off against which he and his team are fighting. 

For reference, the Arroba, mentioned in this recording is actually a measure used for weighing cork, equivalent to 15 kilograms.

The story of Mouchao is one that really marries the past with the present in terms of identifying the moment where history and tradition are faced with the need for non-linear responses in order to achieve sustainability.

It is the story that really connects the glass of wine, or jug of olive oil, to the seemingly infinite physical and chemical interactions within the biosphere. 

It is also the great human challenge to adapt to these changes, regenerate our soils, and build resilience while learning to live in a different world. 

This feeds back into the importance of what programmes like WASP can achieve when they provide the framework for measuring change and disseminating knowledge. 

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