Wine Science Cafés

Wine Science Cafés started in January 2019. Wine Science Cafés will be organized in the last Thursday of each month and will take place in casual settings such as wine houses, restaurants, wine cellars and coffeehouses. Open to everyone aimed to promote a conversation with a scientist about Science & Wine.

Wine Science Cafés welcome all people who wants to know more about wine. In these events an informal atmosphere will be created and all participants feel encouraged to participate. Dynamic, two-way interactions between a scientist and the public will be promoted.

Wine Science Cafés belongs to Cafe Scientifique European family.


Past Wine Science Cafés

6th Wine Science Caves Poças -Vila Nova de Gaia

6th Wine Science Cafés occured in Caves Poças, Vila Nova de Gaia in 27 June 2019.

"Labels: can you judge a wine by its cover?" 


Helena Lobo has been a Graphic Designer since 1992, graduated in Communication Design by the Oporto Fine Arts School (1992) and a PhD in Design by the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain (2014). She owns the Hldesign Atelier for 26 years.

Creative director in several graphic projects, two of which stand out, the Candidacy of Alto Douro Wine Region to World Heritage List, the Quinta book Ventozelo – A millenary quinta in Douro Wine Region and various visual identities and wine labels of Douro tranquil wines and Port wines.

Specialist in wine image and graphic brand strategy, she works with renowned companies and institutions in the region, as well as with some of the most iconic brands of the sector of the Douro wines.

Winner of the GRAND PRIX PAPIES ' 17 with the NATURA label by Vítor Matos and an AWARD of EXCELLENCE in the 8th WOLDA World Logo Design Contest (2017), awarded on Pentagram, New York.

See Helena Lobo Curriculum Vitae here.


Maria Ferrand is a communication designer with a PhD by University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the label design of DOC Douro wines, and the ‘designerly’ use of the concept of territorial branding. A design lecturer for more than 20 years, with an MA degree in Multimedia Arts, she has taught in the fields of graphic design, typography and illustration. As an author and a practitioner, she has worked across multimedia design, visual identity, editorial design, and illustration. Attempting to escape from her comfort zone, Maria entered the wine world by a rather convoluted route, completely diverging from both her professional and academic path. Yet given her growing passion for the wines and their image, she might be around for a while.


Pedro Poças Pintão is the Marketing Director of Poças, a Douro and Port Wine company.
“Growing in a family of wine producers, I’ve always felt that my future would be around wine. After finishing my degree in Economics, I have worked for some years in Finance and Consulting, to prove myself that I could do it and to realize that I didn’t like wearing a suit and tie. I joined Poças in 2016, working as sales and marketing manager. The extensive travelling and a good amount of curiosity allowed me to develop a deep interest on wine labelling and packaging. Throughout my career at Poças I have developed and rolled out diverse new products and re-design projects. I’m currently responsible for the Marketing and Communication of the company.


5th Wine Science Portologia-Lisboa

Fifth Wine Science Cafés occurred in Portologia, Lisboa in 30 May 2019.

The influence of microbiome in the differentiation of vineyard terroir.


Margarida Baleiras-Couto graduated at Instituto Superior de Agronomia, University of Lisbon and obtained her PhD in the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands on the development of genetic markers for spoilage yeast identification. After her PhD she worked as consultant for the food industry and lectured as invited Professor. She had 2 post-doctoral grants at INIA and University of Minho. Worked at the Portuguese Environmental Agency and in the National Institute for Agricultural and Veterinary Research (INIAV,IP) as Coordinator of the viticulture and oenology Experiment Station for 8 years. Currently she is Senior Researcher in the Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Resources at INIAV. Areas of research include yeast population dynamics in fermentation studies, microbiological monitoring and traceability in wines and wine cellars, genetic identification of Vitis vinifera L. varieties and detection of grape varieties in wines. She is member of the M&B Microbiology and Biotechnology Group of the BioISI - Biosystems & Integrative Sciences Institute, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisboa.

Jaime Quelhas has a degree in Agro-food Enginery by Escola Superior Agrária de Santarém (2002 -2007) and a master’s degree in Viticulture and Oenology by Instituto Superior de Agronomia (2008-2010). Works in Casa Santos Lima since 2007 and in 2012 assumed the responsibility of Quinta dos Porrais, a Douro propriety acquired by Casa Santos Lima.

4th Wine Science Café - Latina Adega - Aveiro

Fourth Wine Science Cafés occurred in Latina Adega, Aveiro in 23 April 2019.

Methodologies for the replacement/reduction of sulfur dioxide use during winemaking.

Cláudia Nunes is Researcher in CICECO - Institute of Materials of Aveiro at University of Aveiro. She graduated in Chemistry in 1999, completed the Master’s in Food Chemistry in 2002, and the PhD in Biochemistry was concluded in 2008 at University of Aveiro (UA). Motivated by the interest in food chemistry, she has a postdoc supported by FCT on preservative strategies for wine avoiding the use of sulfites. One of the main achievements was the development of active chitosan films and their application in wine preservation to replace sulfur dioxide, published in Green Chem (IF=8.506), as an outcome of an international patent, 13 papers, 2 PhD and 6 MSc thesis, and 4 awards (3 best poster/oral presentation in Congresses and 1 as Entrepreneurship idea). In 2015, C. Nunes enlarge the interests to materials science, integrating CICECO on the development of functional bionanocomposites based on polysaccharides, enhancing their functionality (e.g electrical conductivity), broading the fields of applications to biomedical and food packaging. Since the beginning of the career (2006), were published 1 patent, 4 book chapters, and 54 papers in international peer reviewed journals with 731 citations (h=18), excluding self-citations, being the main subject areas Chemistry (48%), Agric. Biol. Sci. (38%), and Materials Sci. (31%). C. Nunes supervised with success 1 PhD, 21 MSc, and 23 BSc students, as well as 7 research fellows, and have more than 100 communications in national and international congresses, including 20 oral communications (3 as invited, Keynote and Plenary Speaker). At the moment, C. Nunes research team is constituted by 4 PhD students, 3 MSc students, and 1 research fellow.

Francisco Antunes was born in Lisbon. He graduated in University of Évora in Agricultural Engineering and holds a degree in Enology from the Institute of Oenology in Bordeaux. With a long history in the vineyard sector, he worked in Quinta de S. Francisco (casa da família), Adega Cooperativa de Pegões, Caves Borlido, Estação Vitivinícola da Beira Litoral. He lectured at Escola de Viticultura da Bairrada. He is, since 1993, winemaker of Aliança Vinhos de Portugal (ex-Caves Aliança), where he is responsible for the Oenology Department.
Over the years, he has developed several research projects, he is a permanent member of Câmara de Provadores da CV Bairrada, and wine taster in several international competitions. He worked with Pascal Chatonnet and Michael Rolland, two of the most prestigious French winemakers. Along the way, he received numerous prizes and distinctions for its wines in the most diverse contests and prestigious publications of the national and international sector (Wine Spectator, Decanter, Wine Enthusiast), as well as the distinction of "Best Winemaker" by the Essência do Vinho (2006).

3th Wine Science Café - Porto Cruz Space- Porto

Third Wine Science Cafés occurred in Espeço Porto Cruz at 28 of March 2019

Port Wine Innovation




José Manuel Sousa Soares (Gran Cruz)

José Manuel Sousa Soares was born in Porto, in 1961. Since 2009 is the Oenology Director of Gran Cruz group, first he worked in Barros group for 18 years. He had his degree in Higher Institute of Agronomy, in 1985 and his postgraduation in Oenology in Faculty of Biotechnology's - Porto Catholic University in 1991. He was nominated to Junta Consultiva from IVDP in 2000 and since 2016 he is the group coordinator.

Francisco Tovar (Taylor's)

Francisco Tovar finished Alimentary Enginery at Catholic University in 1993, and the Executive MBA at Porto Business School in 2002. Worked as oenologist in Bairrada (Portugal), Alentejo (Portugal), Napa Valley (USA) and Clare Valley (Australia). In 1990 worked for the first time in Douro harvest, worked as oenologist in Vértice sparkling production. Since 1993 that works in Porto Wine Sector, worked in Rozés, Osborne e Symington and since 2008 that works in The Fladgate Partnership with responsibilities in management and commercial areas and in institutional relations.

Paulo Ramos (Paulo Fonseca de Matos Graça da Silva Ramos).

Paulo Ramos holds a PhD in Business Sciences (Marketing) by Faculty of Economy (University of Porto), a Master Degree of Science in Marketing by Cranfield University, UK and International Relationship Bachelor by University of Minho. He is an assistant professor at Fernando Pessoa University and Lusíada University. He is also an invited professor in master’s degrees and post-graduation courses in several other institutions. He is a member of Academy of Marketing Science, USA and a researcher in CBQF of Portuguese Catholic University. Member of the editorial board do Journal of Organizational Studies and Innovation of Management and Business Academy, UK. Reviewer of International Journal of Wine Business Research. He won the prize “best short communication” in Economy and Law in XXIV OIV World Congress of Vine and Wine. He is an author of several publications in wine marketing, tourism, marketing and consumers behavior. Paulo Ramos is also a consultant of some enterprises.

2nd Wine Science Café - Casa de Pasto Chaxoila- Vila Real

Second Wine Science Cafés occurred in Casa de Pasto Chaxoila at 28 February 2019.


Cristina Carlos (ADVID)

Cristina Carlos holds a PhD degree in Agronomy and Forestry Sciences (2017) in the subject “Towards a sustainable control of arthropod pests in Douro Demarcated Region vineyards with emphasis on the grape berry moth, Lobesia botrana (Denis & Schifermüller)” and a Licence Degree in Agronomic Engineering (2002) at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD). She started her professional activity at ADVID in 1999, giving technical support to growers on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and on training growers on sustainable pest management. Since 2013 she is in charge for technical management at ADVID and for the management of several R&D national or international projects. She is specialized on functional biodiversity in viticulture having participated in several publications related with the sustainable control of pests and conservation biological control.

José Luís Moreira da Silva

Resident Winemaker, Quinta dos Murças
Porto-native José Luís Moreira da Silva, Winemaker at Quinta dos Murças, first joined Esporão in 2015 as viticulture manager, overseeing its holdings at Quinta dos Murças in the Douro Valley.
José Luis graduated with a degree in Microbiology from Universidade Católica Portuguesa in 2002, and later completed his post-graduate studies in Oenology at Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. During this time, he also acquired the WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate.
José Luis spent three years working at Portuguese wine company Sogrape Vinhos as winemaker for all of its Douro and Porto brands. In 2007, he joined Duorum Vinhos, in Vila Nova de Foz Coa as its winemaker, until 2015.
At Quinta dos Murças, José Luís aims to produce wines that are a true expression of the vineyards. His winemaking philosophy is to “interfere as little as possible with the process and uncover the real identity of each vineyard to obtain the truest expression of the terroir.”
In addition to his role at Quinta dos Murças, José Luís is active in growing the region's winemaking reputation. He is the director of the Association for the Development of Portuguese Viticulture, a not-for-profit created to study and develop the wine industry in the Douro region.

1st Wine Science Café - Portologia- Porto

First Wine Sciences Cafés occurred at 24 of January in Portologia and the invited speakers were Bento Amaral (IVDP) and Victor Freitas (FCUP) that talked about "The chemistry of Port Wine".

Bento Amaral (IVDP)

After 14 years in charge of the Tasting Chamber of the Douro and Port Institute (IVDP), in 2013 he took place of Technical Services and Certification Director of the same Institute.
He is a professor of sensorial analysis in post-graduation courses in oenology and wine marketing at Escola Superior de Biotecnologia of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa since 1999.
He has been a member of the Jury for almost two decades, in dozens of editions of several national and international wine competitions, and has presided over some of these tables.
Graduated in Food Engineering, having during the course being a trainee in the Institute of Oenology of Bordeaux.
Among his activities are also courses and lectures on wines.
He is regularly invited by different media to comment on the current wine situation.

Victor Armando Pereira de Freitas (FCUP)

Victor Freitas is Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (DQB) in the University of Porto. He obtained his PhD in Biological and Medical Sciences in the University of Bordeaux II (France), specialization in Oenology.
He is member of the REQUIMTE-LAQV Research Centre, and he is the leader of the Food Polyphenol Lab ( where he has been developing an independent research area.
Victor Freitas presents in his CV more than 240 original articles published in journals indexed in the Science Citation Index (SCI), several book chapters, numerous invited conferences, running multiple I&DT projects and several supervisions of Master and PhD students.

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