For our first product and supplier, we have chosen an incredibly innovative project. This project perfectly fits with our mission of bringing society and prison-leavers closer through responsibly sourcing quality products made by people behind the prison walls.
AdegaMãe’s ‘Inclusus’ project in Portugal trains prisoners on day release to care for, harvest and produce the grapes into the amazing wines have on offer here.
AdegaMãe and EPL - Leiria Prison Establishment (Youth) established a partnership for the enhancement of professional skills for young prisoners, in the area of viticulture and wine production, which also translates into the launch of a new wine brand on the market that aims to support young offenders enhance their tools for social integration.
From viticulture and harvesting to the final work of the cellar, the production process of these wines has the commitment of young prisoners.
The Inclusus Project started with the 2018 harvest, when the grapes for the first wines were harvested. The 2019 harvest has also been carried out, precisely at Quinta Lagar D’El Rei, an area under EPL administration, where 3.6 hectares of vineyards are in production.
Of the approximately 17 tons of grapes harvested, 9 are destined for winemaking at AdegaMãe, in Torres Vedras, a total of 8 thousand bottles.
“This is a project of great symbolic value for us. AdegaMãe is proud to be associated with the EPL and contribute to the success of all the social reintegration work that has been developed. In addition to all the collaboration in the production process, the launch of this new wine brand, Inclusus, is in itself an important alert for all issues related to the good practices of social reintegration and the future of these young people.”
- Bernardo Alves, General Director of AdegaMãe.
Joana Patuleia, director of this Prison Facility says that it is “a very important partnership for the Leiria Prison Facility (Youth), considering as strengths the professional training in the vitiviniculture area and the increase of jobs, focusing on the valuing young people through work, thus contributing to the success of their social reintegration.”