Education

Sharing is the principal motto of the WASP

The WASP was implemented with the main objective of sharing knowledge and educating our members, in particular, and all of our stakeholders, in general. Since 2015, we have organised work sessions and study visits on specific topics (for example: irrigation water management, energy efficiency in the winery, preferential purchasing, etc.) where we invite, in addition to our member producers, other companies, non-governmental organisations or R&D agencies to come and share their experiences, benefits, barriers, investments, etc. These sessions aim, above all, to promote sharing and exchange of information between peers.

In addition to being a free membership programme, the WASP offers several incentives to its members: technical material (which includes an evaluation manual produced from recycled cardboard and paper with soy-based inks), implementation assistance in the field, consultancy, control and monitoring technical files, internal training in specific areas and study visits between members of the Programme (to observe good practices). All of these initiatives are free for members.

WASP Manual

Printed version of the WASP Manual offered to members after registration

A logo was developed for WASP members, according to the type of producers present in the Alentejo region:

These free plaques are given to members to be placed both in the vineyards and in the cellars, in order to reinforce a group spirit around issues of sustainability in the Alentejo wine industry.

Placas Membro Vinha e Adega

 

Herdade do Freixo Membro Vinha

 

ACBorba Membro Adega

 

Work Sessions / Study Visits

The work sessions organised by the WASP have already attracted 514 participants. The themes are chosen based on relevance and interest shown by the sector for the continuous improvement of processes and interactions.

Energy Production from Photovoltaics & Financing, October 2017

Energy Production from Photovoltaics & Financing, October 2017

Waste Management, February 2018

Waste Management, February 2018

3 years of WASP, June 2018

3 years of WASP, June 2018

Preferential and Ecological Purchasing, December 2018

Preferential and Ecological Purchasing, December 2018

Cover Crops and Biodiversity, April 2019

Cover Crops and Biodiversity, April 2019

Ecosystem Services, November 2019

Ecosystem Services, November 2019

Climate Change, February 2020

Climate Change, February 2020

The study visits organised by the WASP have already attracted 300 participants. The CVRA invites several of its members to open their doors and share the best practices they have implemented with other members. 

Adega de Borba, July 2016

Adega de Borba, July 2016

Herdade do Esporão, May 2017

Herdade do Esporão, May 2017

Aterro Sanitário de Évora, February 2018

Aterro Sanitário de Évora, February 2018

Herdade de Coelheiros, December 2018

Herdade de Coelheiros, December 2018

Cartuxa, April 2019

Cartuxa, April 2019

João Portugal Ramos, December 2019

João Portugal Ramos, December 2019

WASP Training

Since its launch, the WASP has offered free internal training courses in the areas of:

  • Sustainability & Water Management in the Vineyard and Cellar;
  • Sustainability & Energy Management in the Vineyard and Cellar;
  • Sustainability & Waste Management in the Vineyard and Cellar.

Since 2015, 413 employees of WASP members have been trained. Members only need to request training from the CVRA in the desired areas.

Several members have already benefited from this free service provided by the CVRA.

The CVRA will soon launch another training course on the theme of Climate Change and Adaptation in Vitiviniculture.