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Familia Torres to plant trees in Chilean Patagonia to mitigate effects of climate change

Published:  31 July, 2018

Familia Torres has acquired a property covering 5,000 hectares in Chilean Patagonia with a view to mitigating the effects of climate change.

The estate, located in the province of Aysén and known as ‘Los Cóndores’, will be used to plant forests with a double objective - to compensate the winery’s carbon footprint by means of own efforts and to recover the forest landscape that historically characterized this area.

Los Cóndores is a livestock farm, with typical steppe meadow vegetation and lagoons with abundant birds. When settlers arrived here in the late 19th century, they replaced these native forests with plantations.

Familia Torres said its intention was to reforest this land, preserving the local flora and fauna, having already acquired a 740-hectare estate in 2016 for the same reason.

The move formed part of the winery’s strategy to reduce its CO2 emissions “even more” and go one step further in its commitment to the environment, said president Miquel Torres.

“Both in Chile and in Spain, we have a large forest area that allows us to preserve the landscape and look after the environment,” he said, adding forest stewardship and the reforestation of natural spaces was part of the Familia Torres’ commitment to look after the earth and conserve the environment.

In 2017, the Familia Torres’ CO2 emissions per bottle in its full scope - from the vineyard to the final transportation - were 25.4% lower compared to 2008, and the aim is to reach 30% by 2020.