EUROPEAN BUSINESS & BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVE
João Portugal Ramos Group has been part of the European Business & Biodiversity Initiative since 2012, a European Network whose main objective is to focus on the relationship between business activity and biodiversity. Its aim is to promote the contribution of the business sector to the protection of biodiversity, thereby preserving at a local, regional, national, and global scale.
PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES
Also, one of Duorum's properties, Quinta de Castelo Melhor, is partially placed in two conservation areas included in the European conservation network (Natura 2000), namely a Special Protection Area for Birds and a Special Area of Conservation for Habitats.
GROUP'S VINEYARDS CERTIFIED FOR INTEGRATED OR BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTION
All the Group's vineyards are certified for Integrated or Biological production. Integrated production is a farming system for producing food and other high quality food products through sustainable management of natural resources by favouring the use of natural regulation mechanisms to replace factors of production, thus contributing to sustainable agriculture.
NATURAL FERTILIZERS FOR OUR SOILS
The company reuses 100% of the subproducts that result from the grapes' vinification (stems), as well as the organic substance resulting from pruning, to fertilize the soils.
CAREFUL CHOICE OF DRY GOODS
The Group uses 420g light glass bottles in 61% of its production, thus reducing the waste of material and natural resources from the bottle production, while helping to diminish carbon footprint associated with the transportation of wines.
At João Portugal Ramos Group, there is a permanent concern with all those surrounding the company at social, economic and environmental level.
JPR is the second biggest employer in Estremoz. A ranking taken very seriously each day. Employing more than 130 people, the company pursuits year after year better and better working conditions for all its staff, enabling the company to have high rates of retention. The Group believes that, like a family, when a team stays together over the years their satisfaction level is higher and the results are better. Also, JPR is involved in supporting over 20 different local institutions as well as national humanitarian organizations. In 2020, considering the pandemic situation, the Group donated 2.100 litres of alcohol gel to several institutions in need.
OPTIMIZED WATER CONSUMPTION
Use of drip irrigation in the vineyards, supported by meteorological systems and specialized software, allows the Group to have an optimized water consumption, especially in the Alentejo, a very dry region. The data from the weather stations installed in the vineyards and the daily monitoring of the technical teams, allows JPR to adjust the use of water in the plants.
In the Alentejo, the Group takes advantage of some small water dams around the vineyards to save some of the water that falls during the winter. Also, in February 2020, the Group implemented a water reuse system from its WWTP (Wastewater Treatment Plant) for the irrigation of part of its vineyards.