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Posted: Saturday, 12 June 2010 10:53

OIV: World Congress of Vine and Wine

The 33rd World Congress of Wine and Vine to be held in Tbilisi Georgia from the 20th to the 27th of June 2010 will be a highly action packed event with 43 members attending the event where 183 scientific papers are to be read. Though India is not a member yet, it has been invited as a special guest.

The protection of our heritage and winemaking traditions in the current context of environmental and economic challenges will be at the heart of the work of this year's edition of the Congress.

Georgia is considered to be the historical birth place of winemaking and a fitting venue for the world experts to meet and discuss the theme "Vine and Wine, Humanity's World Heritage: Tradition and innovation". it will also be an opportunity to ‘Touch History’.

Georgia has in recent years been forced to restructure its rich, millennia-old winemaking tradition in order to overcome new challenges and therefore provides an emblematic setting to speak of the ties between tradition and innovation that make for the richness of its wine industry.

Official delegates from 43 Member States of OIV  and from International Organisations linked to the OIV, as well as scientists and key players in the international wine industry will take part in the Congress.India is still not a member-it has informed the organisation of its intention to become a member subject to clearance of the proposal by the Ministry of External Affairs where it is pending approval. However, it has been invited to attend the event.

Scientific projects to be presented, numbering 183 makes it a very busy and serious Congress. The scientific debates will follow two main directions: the environment of winemaking - protection and improvements, and the new products, new technologies and new challenges of the global wine industry.

In the field of Viticulture, the discussions will focus, among other topics, on production systems that are environmentally friendly, the adaptation of varieties to the new challenges of the industry and innovative techniques in grape production.

The project presented in the field of Oenology will concern, among other topics, the winemaking practices for a sustainable wine production, the new winemaking practices associated with consumer demand, and the application of traditional biotechnologies and analysis methods.

In the field of Health and Safety, the topics of discussions will include the control of health and environmental hazards and the evolution of consumption modes.

The studies conducted in the domain of Economy and Law will focus on sustainable production and economic parameters, the new products and the new demand of consumers and the carbon dioxide balance.

At the end of the discussions, a summary of the results will be presented before the  8th General Assembly of OIV. The congress of the OIV, which is a scientific event of global importance, offers an opportunity to experts in the field to present and share their innovating scientific work on the current issues of the branch.

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The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) claims to be the only scientific and technical organisation that serves as reference in matters relating to vine and vine-based products. It was founded in 1924 and re-structured in 2001. It's an inter-governmental organisation that groups 43 Member States. Its mission is to harmonise international vitiviniculture standards, promote scientific innovations in the field, and to monitor and to contribute to resolving issues facing the international vitiviniculture sector through its recommendations and the agreements reached by Member States.

India hoped to be the 44th member state but reportedly Bosnia- Herzegovina applied last month. It can be now the 45th member. However, it will hopefully participate in the coming Congress and benefit out of the working of the organisation.


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