About us

Four decades supporting the vine and wine

ADVID (the Association for the Development of Viticulture in the Douro Region) is a non-profit organisation, established in 1982 with the aim of contributing to the modernisation of viticulture and, consequently, to the increased profitability of vineyards in the Demarcated Douro Region and to the improved quality of its wines.

The association's mission is to promote the sustainable development of winemaking in the Douro region and at a national level, within a context of cooperation and networking, as well as transfer of the knowledge achieved through research and experimentation carried out within the scope of ADVID's activities.  

The initial concerns of the association were related to the need to promote a continuous source of information to support the technical decisions of the associates, mainly concerning new soil systematisation, vine mechanisation, work rationalisation and the selection of vegetative material. 
Subsequently, these first actions resulted in the implementation of integrated protection programmes and, most recently, in integrated production, an essential tool for ensuring a production of quality that is safe for the consumer.

Therefore, ADVID was equipped with technical staff and facilities that enable the development of research and experimentation activities, which are a substantial part of its activity and an important contribution, through the results obtained, to the association's prestige.

The recognition and success that ADVID has been achieving is based on the collaboration of its members, in various areas, namely by receiving association technicians on their properties to carry out field experiments and by lending equipment.

As a pioneer in the implementation of a collective strategy in the viticulture sector, ADVID maintains the spirit of its foundation, constituting a rare case of optimisation of differentiated efforts and consequent equitable sharing of results and knowledge.


ADVID’s structure

ADVID’s structure On 11th February 1982 the Association for the Development of Viticulture in the Douro Region - ADVID was created on the initiative of a group of companies linked to the wine production and trade in the Demarcated Douro Region.

There were six founding partners:

- Adriano Ramos Pinto-Vinhos S.A.R.L.
- Barros, Almeida & Ca. - Vinhos S.A.R.L.
- Caves da Raposeira, Lda.
- Cockburn Smithes & Ca. Lda.
- Companhia Agrícola e Comercial de Vinhos do Porto, S.A.R.L. (A. A. Ferreira, Sucrs.)
- Manuel Poças Júnior, Lda.
- Sandeman & Cª., Lda.

And, from the very beginning, they were joined by:

- Forrester &Cª. Lda.
- Gran Cruz Porto - Sociedade Comercial de Vinhos, Lda.
- Murças, Lda.   
- Quinta do Noval - Vinhos S. A.
- Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman - Vinhos, S.A.
- Warre  & Cª. S.A.



Revision of the statutes

The revision of the ADVID statutes allowed an expansion of its membership base, as well as the establishment of new member categories. Alongside full members, there are also collective members (companies) and individual members. 
This first revision of the ADVID statutes was followed by a second one in 2015, which broadened the scope of the association to the national territory.


Integrated Vine Production

ADVID was recognised as an authorised entity for the practice of Integrated Vine Production, an agro-environmental measure with great impact in terms of the respect for the ecological and landscape balance of the Douro region. This recognition has enabled the reinforcement of technical assistance to this production method and it  is the result of ADVID's recognition as an Organisation of Farmers for Integrated Protection (Dispatch no. 12 782/97 issued on 16th December, 1997. 


Creation of the ADVID award

The annual ADVID Award is created to attract researchers from various scientific areas, to the technical, cultural, and social specificities of winegrowing in the Demarcated Douro Region. As an aggregating initiative, the ADVID Award is also a tribute to the personalities who have played a key role in the development of the region, naming the award after them every year.


The Wine Cluster of the Douro Region

The Douro Region Wine Cluster was established on July 15th 2009 as a Collective Efficiency Strategy, by dispatch from various Ministries, and following the application submitted by ADVID, the cluster's management entity. 
ADVID's experience and knowledge were at the basis of this recognition and enabled the development of an action plan, within the scope of the cluster, which was designed to boost and consolidate the wine production sector in the Douro region, through a strategy focused on technology and on the promotion of an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable wine sector, driven by a culture of network cooperation. 


R&D repute in viticulture

ADVID's repute in terms of research and development, namely in the viticulture and protection of grape growing sectors, was recognised by a joint dispatch issued by the Minister of Economy and the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, on 11th February (Dispatch 2780/2010).
With this recognition, the expenses related to the contracting of R&D activities with ADVID became eligible expenses under the Tax Incentives System for Corporate R&D (SIFIDE). 



The 2016 CNOIV Distinction Award

The book Soil Protection in Mountain Viticulture: Technical Manual for the Douro Region, published by ADVID in 2015, written by Tomás de Figueiredo (CIMO /ESA /IPB) and collaborators, was awarded the 2016 CNOIV Distinction Award in the Viticulture category. The "CNOIV Distinction" awards honour the best national dissemination, experimentation or research works that support the wine sector. Therefore, this is yet another recognition of the value and practical interest of this work for the wine sector.


Vine and Wine Cluster

Vine and Wine Cluster The National Wine Sector was officially recognised as a Vine and Wine Cluster in February 2017, following the application submitted by ADVID in 2015 under the priority theme "Competitiveness and Internationalisation of Portugal 2020".
Currently, the cluster involves approximately 230 entities, either associates or protocols, particularly wine companies, entities of the scientific and technological system, business associations and other national and international organisations. This recognition by the ministries of Economy, Agriculture and Planning and Infrastructures will enable the reinforcement of knowledge transfer and leverage research and innovation activities in companies, raise the level of technical and economic competence in the wine sector, optimise public policies in internationalisation and competitiveness processes, making the sector more efficient and sustainable.


Gulbenkian Sustainability Award

Gulbenkian Sustainability Award The 2017 Gulbenkian Award had its focus on reducing the ecological footprint. Handed to ADVID by the President of the Republic, this award is the recognition of the work that the association has been doing in the context of Sustainable Production in the Demarcated Douro Region.
Soil conservation, the mitigation of the impact of climate change, rational use of plant protection products and fertilisers, preservation of biodiversity, promotion of the circular economy and eco-efficiency are some of the topics of the projects that ADVID has been developing in close collaboration with its associates and partners, and which have contributed to more sustainable viticulture with a smaller ecological footprint.


The National Agriculture Award

The National Agriculture Award 2018, in the Associations and Cooperatives category, conferred to ADVID reinforces the recognition of the work that the association and its associates have carried out on behalf of the development and sustainability of the wine sector.
The National Agriculture Award is an initiative of BPI and the COFINA Group (Correio da Manhã and Jornal de Negócios), sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development and aims to promote, encourage and reward successful cases of national agriculture.




The CoLAB VINES&WINES collaborative laboratory is created as an initiative led by ADVID in collaboration with the national vitiviniculture ecosystem, with the mission of developing and communicating knowledge and technology to (1) support the sector's stated ambition to grow exports by 25% in value (reaching 1 billion euros over the next five years); (2) prepare and adapt the national vitiviniculture system to the major challenges it faces, of which climate change is possibly the most significant.


ADVID’s repute in R&D activities

ADVID's repute has once again been recognised, for SIFIDE purposes, for carrying out research and development activities, currently in the technical-scientific areas of AGRI-FOOD (healthy and sustainable food, biodiversity, sustainable use of space) and WATER AND ENVIRONMENT (assessment, monitoring and protection of ecosystems, management and efficient use of water resources, efficient use of soil and planning).


Agroforestry and climate change

Agroforestry and climate change
ADVID is a founding member of the National Competence Centre for Climate Change in the Agroforestry Sector (CNCACSA), created in September 2019 in order to define a strategy to address this issue in a reasoned and concerted manner. 
The National Association of Corn and Sorghum Producers (ANPROMIS), the National Association of Protein, Oilseed and Cereal Producers (ANPOC), the National Federation of Portuguese Irrigators (FENAREG), the National Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Producers' Organisations (FNOP) and the Mediterranean Forest Union (UNAC) are also part of the founding team. Other 46 relevant entities in the national agroforestry scene were also invited to participate in this initiative, thereby providing the centre with a comprehensive response, both geographically and in terms of the crops and species involved.