ADVID Awards

Since 2007, ADVID has instituted an award to encourage researchers from various scientific areas to develop work related to the technical, cultural and social specificities of the Portuguese viticulture.

The ADVID Award is attributed annually to a professional researcher, an undergraduate, a Master's or a PhD student, of any nationality, who has published original work in any scientific area of importance to the Portuguese wine industry.

The ADVID Award is also a tribute to personalities who have played a key role in the development of the region, naming the award after them each year.

The ADVID Award application requires the acceptance of the terms of its regulation. The application period for the ADVID 2020 Award runs from 1st April to 31th May (inclusive) 2021.

To apply, you must download the application form and send it duly completed to It is mandatory to attach the article to be submitted and the curriculum vitae of the responsible applicant.

Following the application submission, ADVID may contact the candidates to request for additional information.


ADVID Award| Álvaro Baltazar Moreira da Fonseca Award


Artur da Câmara Machado and team, for the work entitled “Discrimination of Portuguese grapevines based on microsatellite markers”. 
The team led by Professor Artur da Câmara Machado, a researcher from the University of the Azores, used molecular biology technologies to clarify issues related to the identification and synonymy of Portuguese grape varieties, studying the genetic similarities of 46 national varieties.


Álvaro Baltazar Moreira da Fonseca, an agronomist and a personality of the Douro region, former President of Casa do Douro. He was the author of several scientific works, including the “Method of Classifying Vine Parcels in the Demarcated Douro Region”, a masterpiece of great scientific and technical value.



ADVID Award | José António Ramos-Pinto Rosas Award


Alain Carbonneau, for the work entitled “Théorie de la maturation et de la typicité du raisin”.


José António Ramos-Pinto Rosas, co-founder of ADVID, who has dedicated his life to the Douro Region and its wines. He began this activity in 1928, when he started his technical work for the company Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos, S.A.



ADVID Award | Barão Joseph James Forrester Award


Gaëtan Louarn, Jérémie Lecouer and Eric Lebon, whose professional activity is related to and water stress management at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (France), for their work entitled “A Three-dimensional Statistical Reconstruction Model of Grapevine (Vitis vinifera) Simulating Canopy Structure Variability within and between Cultivar/Training System Pairs”, which was presented at the Award ceremony.


Baron Joseph James Forrester, a major figure of the Portuguese 19th century, an Englishman who loved and lived in the Douro, strongly contributing to the internationalisation of Port wine.


ADVID Award | Jorge Ferreira Award


Plant Health Department (A. Calonne, P. Cartolaro) and Biometry Station (J. Chadoeuf) of Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (França), for the work entitled “Highlighting Features of Spatiotemporal Spread of Powdery Mildew Epidemics in the Vineyard Using Statistical Modeling on Field Experimental Data”.


Jorge Ferreira, co-founder of ADVID and member of the association's first Board of Directors, elected in 1982. Born in Oporto in 1934, Jorge Ferreira had a degree in civil engineering and was a director of Casa Ferreira (A.A Ferreira). He was responsible for the production and management of the company's vineyards in the Douro until 1985, when he decided to devote himself exclusively to the management of his own Quinta do Vallado. He passed away in 1992.



ADVID Award | Bernardino Camilo Cincinnato da Costa Award


University of Bordeaux (authors A. K. Parker and C. Van Leeuwen) and Centre of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology of Montpellier (Cortázar-Atauri and I. Chuine), for the work entitled “General phenological model to characterize the timing of flowering and veraison of Vitis vinifera L” ( communication at the Award ceremony).


Bernardino Camilo Cincinnato da Costa, an acclaimed agronomist and professor, was nominated delegate for the Agriculture Section at the Exposition Universelle that took place in Paris, in 1900, which is considered the most important representation of Portugal. At that important event, Cincinnato da Costa presented Le Portugal Vinícole, an oenological study of the main Portuguese grape varieties, having won the Grand Prix and the proclamation of honorary member of the Society of Winegrowers of France. This work includes 19 watercolours of grape varieties, painted by Alfredo Roque Gameiro at the request of Cincinnato da Costa. Le Portugal Vinícole, apart from its scientific and literary value at that time, is a fundamental historical document for the study of national grape varieties.


ADVID Award | Michael Symington Award


Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto - FCUP (Victor Freitas, Susana Soares and Nuno Mateus) and the German Institute of Human Nutrition (Susann Kohl, Sophie Thalmann and Wolfgang Meyerhof), for the work entitled “Different Phenolic Compounds Activate Distinct Human Bitter Taste Receptors”. This work aimed to study the compounds responsible for the sensation of bitterness and astringency, one of the most discussed and complex aspects in oenology. Understanding them may enable the creation of wines that are closer to the tastes of different consumers.


Michael Symington, born in Oporto in 1925, has been one of the leading figures in the Symington family. Dedicated to Port and the Douro region for generations, this is the largest family company in the sector. Michael Symington has always shown perseverance in the defence of the Douro, its wines and its people. He and his wife Elizabeth have welcomed numerous visitors from the wine trade and journalists to the Douro, thus taking the Douro to all parts of the world.


ADVID Award | Pedro Amaro Award


University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, University of Porto and University of Minho (Lia-Tânia Dinis, Sara Silva Bernardo, Artur Jorge da Silva Conde, Diana Pimentel, Helena Maria Fernandes Ferreira, Luís Félix, Hernâni Gerós, Carlos Manuel Correia and José Moutinho-Pereira), for the work entitled “The exogenous application of kaolin increases antioxidant capacity and the level of phenolic compounds in extracts of vine leaves and fruit under summer stress”. This work aimed to study the foliar application of kaolin as a strategy to reduce the impact of heat and drought on Douro vines, caused by climate change.


Pedro Amaro, Professor at the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA-UL), and recipient of the Ordem da Instrução Pública, was the President of the National Institute for Agricultural Research and the President of the European Council of Herbology, among others. In Portugal, he was a pioneer at teaching Phytopharmacology, Herbology and Integrated Protection, and he was responsible for the implementation of protection strategies and integrated production in plant production, with special emphasis and success in the cultivation of vines. He has published a vast body of work on this subject and has always demonstrated a great connection, knowledge and commitment to viticulture. He died in 2014 at the age of 88.


ADVID Award | Fernando Guedes Award


Australian research team from CSIRO Agriculture & Food - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Christopher Davies), for their work entitled “Understanding and manipulating small signalling molecules to affect the yield/flavour”. This study shows that it is possible to delay grape ripening, and consequently the harvest date, by treating the vineyard with a phytohormone (growth regulator), without losing yield and with little or no impact on the wine. In locations where there is greater harvest pressure, with problems associated with the reduced window of opportunity to harvest at the ideal time, a delay in ripening may allow the grapes to be harvested at the desired state of ripeness, processed and vinified without major increases in storage capacity.


Fernando Guedes (1930-2018) was an outstanding personality in the development of Douro Region and a leading figure in the viticulture scenario in Portugal, a man of great values and the force behind Sogrape’s international growth.

Fernando Guedes died in 2018, at the age of 87, leaving behind a legacy of immesurable value. He studied oenology in France and became one of the first Portuguese oenologists to graduate. He always aimed at consolidating, modernizing and developing the company which has been a part of his life since he was born, thus taking the Portuguese wines to the four corners of the world.

 “Education, Respect and Ethics” are the values he praised, and they represent his perspective on life. Awarded in 2017 by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa with the Grã-Cruz da Ordem o Infante D. Henrique, the gentleman of the wines directed the company responsible for iconic brands such as Mateus Rosé, Sandeman and Barca Velha.
If, as he said, “Wine is life”, his life wouldn’t have been the same without the wine and the wine would never be as rich as it is without Fernando Guedes. 


ADVID Award | Júlio Máximo de Oliveira Pimentel Award


Investigation team from the Universidade de Aveiro, for the study “Animal monitoring based on IoT technologies” of Luís Nóbrega, André Tavares, André Cardoso, e Pedro Gonçalves. Allowing animals to graze the vineyards requires the monitorization and conditioning in animal behaviour, especially their eating habits. This way, it will be possible for sheep to graze the non-cultivated wine areas, protecting them from possible risks.

The 2nd Viscount of Vila Maior, Júlio Máximo de Oliveira (1809-1884), was a man of science, a convinced liberal, a commited citizen, a maths graduate and passionate about chemestry.
He was outstanding in the chemestry area as a professor and scientist in Escola Politécnica de Lisboa. His qualification in chemestry and the fact of being a farm owner in this region, allowed him to develop activities related to viticulture, oenology and ampelography.
Some of his works are: “Memory about the wine-making processes of the main wine-growing areas located in the North of the Douro”, “ Treaty on wine-making for genuine wines”, “Ampelography and oenology of Douro’s wine-making country” and “ The Illustrated Douro”. His interest in wine-making issues enabled him to become a member of the “ Committee in charge of visiting the wine-making regions during harvest to study the wine-making processes”, whose study promoted the upgrading of wine-growing processes.
He felt the Douro like nobody else, discussed the technical and scientific issues of his vineyards, turned the landscape into the main character in various works, embraced the river and the wine.
Júlio Máximo de Oliveira Pimentel, the 2nd Viscount of Vila Maior, died on 20th October 1884, in the University of Coimbra, leaving behind a legacy: his countless contributions to science, politics and viticulture.