Tailoring the Wine System of the Future WELCOME TO CoLAB VINES&WINES The Vine and Wine Collaborative Laboratory is a wine sector initiative led by ADVID - the Association for the Development of Viticulture in the Douro Region, which is the national Vine and Wine Cluster. The Strategic Plan of CoLAB VINES&WINES is based on 2 major challenges:

PORTUGUESE, OF COURSE! Competitiveness - Defining and delivering the Portuguese wines consumers will want to buy.

TOUGHER THAN EVER! Sustainability - Designing and delivering a resilient Portuguese vine and wine system.


CoLAB VINES&WINES, an initiative led by ADVID – the Association for the Development of Viticulture in the Douro Region which is the national Vine and Wine Cluster, together with the portuguese viticulture ecosystem, aims to be the ideal partner in the innovation of products, processes and services of companies in the Portuguese wine sector.



– To generate and communicate knowledge and technology that enhances the expressed ambition of the sector to increase the export value.

– Supports the ambition expressed by the sector to increase the export value of Portuguese wines.

– Ensures that the Portuguese wine system becomes more efficient, resilient and flexible in order to respond to climate, demographic and economic challenges.



PORTUGUESE, OF COURSE! Competitiveness – Defining and delivering the Portuguese wines consumers will want to buy.

TOUGHER THAN EVER! Sustainability – Designing and delivering a resilient Portuguese vine and wine system.



The VINES&WINES has a multidisciplinary team dedicated to supporting the wine sector by executing and building value from Research, Development and Innovation initiatives.

Competitiveness Senior Project Officer

Microbiology, Genetics and Biotechnology

Competitiveness Project Officer

Markets and Consumer

Competitiveness Project Officer

Agronomy and Functional Biology

Competitiveness Project Officer

Agronomy and Functional Biology

Bruno Soares
Competitiveness Project Officer

Chemistry and Oenology

Sustainability Senior Project Officer

Chemistry, Enology and Viticulture and Molecular Biophysics

Cátia Santos
Sustainability Project Officer

Circular Economy

Sustainability Project Officer

Climate and climate change

Leonor Pereira
Leonor Pereira
Sustainability Project Officer

Precision viticulture

Leonor Tunes
Sustainability Project Officer


Communication Officer



Main goal: to create a Spatial Data Infrastructure to support decision making that will include climate and agronomic indicators, allowing winegrowers of any location to benefit from the information provided. The project led by Geodouro has ADVID, INESC-TEC and UTAD as co-promoters.


Main goal: to provide innovative forecasting tools (connected and with digital access) for wine-growing SMEs, whose objective is to evaluate production and access data from international markets. This is a project developed by the partnership of entities from France, Spain and Portugal.


Main goal: to create an innovative technological service for the monitoring of vineyards, which will allow SMEs in the SUDOE region to monitor their vineyards in real time, remotely and taking into account various levels of accuracy (grape, plant, plot and farm).


Main goal: project approved by the program Fundo Ambiental, with the purpose of developing a training and environmental education program adapted to different audiences. Its purpose is to promote and publicize the best that is already being done in viticultural ecosystems, regarding the conservation and protection of biodiversity.


Main goal: international initiative approved and funded by the Interreg Sudoe Programme, which aims to offer integrated, innovative, and viable solutions to reduce the use of copper while promoting environmentally sustainable production.

ABCyeasts – yeasts for biocontrol of pathogens in viticulture

Main goal: to investigate and develop innovative products, based on yeasts, with antagonistic action against phytopathogenic agents present in the vineyard, biotrophic and non-biotrophic fungi, as well as microorganisms that contaminate post-harvest grapes.

Conservation and Selection of Old Vine Varieties

Main goal: to promote the conservation of the intravarietal variability of grape varieties and in the selection of dozens of those considered most important at national level.
*collaboration with the Portuguese Association for Vine Diversity (PORVID).

OPP38 – New grape varieties for new wines – in search of the secrets of the natural evolution of the Portuguese vine

Main goal: to develop studies and analyses of collections of vine genotypes recovered mainly from old vineyards throughout the country.

Taste&Feel Portugal

Main goal: to promote the internationalisation of the agro-food sector in articulation with the wine tourism sector, boosting the increase in exports of more sophisticated and differentiated goods and services linked to the territories, endogenous products and the rural world, and reinforcing the international competitiveness of North, Centre and Alentejo SMEs in this sector.

GrapeMicrobiota – Metabolome-microbiota interactions in 3 grape varieties from the Douro Region

Main goal: to adopt an innovative strategy to characterize the microbial community of 3 grape varieties from the Douro DOC region, targeting the selection of relevant strains to be used as starter cultures in the production of regional wines with strong imprint of the terroir, adding substantial value to local resources and contributing to the local (and global) improvement of the economic sector.

RedWine – Use biogenic gaseous carbon to increase feedstock availability for the industry *

Main goal: to increase the availability of microalgae biomass through the valorization of gaseous and liquid wine waste.
* CoLAB VINES&WINES participates in the advisory board of this project.

ReWine| Re-design, Re-adapt and Re-invent, towards a Circular Economy

Main goal: Objective: to promote the good practices of Circular Economy already implemented by some companies in the wine sector and to contribute to an active citizenship in this area.

EPAWI – European Partnership for Auxiliary Wine industry Innovation

Main goal: to launch and consolidate the Wine Innovation Cluster Alliance – WICA, an European strategy for innovation in the grape&wine value chain, which will promote the internationalization of the auxiliary companies of the wine industry through the creation of a network of SMEs with the purpose of knowing the market and its innovation trends.

OmicBots: High-Throughput Integrative Omic-Robots Platform for a Next Generation Physiology-based Precision Viticulture

Main goal: development of a technological solution for an economically efficient and ecologically sustainable vineyard. The case study for this project is the Douro region, which is more vulnerable to climate change.




Wine Blockchain – digital traceability

Are you sure that the wine you have bought is authentic? This is probably one of the questions that today’s consumers are concerned about when they buy a bottle of expensive and high-quality wine. Blockchain technology has the potential to overcome important barriers faced in implementing wine provenance and traceability schemes.


To bring to the fore the efforts of wine producers in promoting more sustainable operations, CoLAB VINES&WINES will publish weekly profiles of company initiatives or activities where Wine and Sustainability go hand in hand. This week we talk about the Symington Family Estates.

CoLAB VINES&WINES visited by the Minister of Agriculture

On February 22nd, the Minister of Agriculture, Maria do Céu Albuquerque, was at the Centre of Excellence for Vine and Wine to visit the CoLAB VINES&WINES, a national initiative developed within ADVID promoted in partnership with key elements the national wine ecosystem.