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International Organization of Vine and Wine


International Organization of Vine and Wine

The International Organization of Vine and Wine (O.I.V.) is a scientific and technical intergovernmental Organization that works in the field of vine and vine-derived products. It has replaced the International Vine and Wine Office which had been established on 29 November 1924 by Italy, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Tunisia, Hungary, Greece and Portugal.

The Organization counts 47 Member States; the above-mentioned traditional producer countries, more recent ones (Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile), plus North African, Latin American and Eastern European countries and Northern European consumer countries.

Under OIV’s founding Agreement signed on 3 April 2001, the Organization has 5 official languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

OIV’s main tasks are to draft recommendations for its Member States in the field of wine production and related processes, to assist other international Organizations, to harmonize international regulations and draft new ones.

Its strategic plan for the next few years focuses on: wine’s hygiene standards; maintaining and improving conditions in which wine is produced and marketed; harmonizing analysis procedures; guaranteeing authentic, unaltered products; protecting controlled designation of origin; countering unfair competitiveness and frauds. For further information you may visit the Organization’s website.

Among OIV’s latest projects, a simplified label for global use comprising key information (producer and importer details, alcoholic grade, bottle volume) is worth mentioning.

The Organization’s Commissions are responsible for monitoring production, marketing, DOC and geographical-origin standards of all beverages registered under the Agreement of 3 April 2001. International experts work for its scientific and technical Committees which are divided into 4 Commissions (Viticulture, Oenology, Economy and Law, Safety and Health) and 2 Sub-Commissions (Analysis and Grapes).

OIV’s Executive Committee is composed of representatives of Member States. Its Director-General is Pau Roca (Spain).