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.
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
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
Creation of the ADVID award
The Wine Cluster of the Douro Region
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
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
Vine and Wine Cluster
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
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 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.
ADVID’s repute in R&D activities
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.