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OIV Merit International Award for Subhash Arora

Posted: Wednesday, 23 March 2011 11:33

OIV Merit International Award for Subhash Arora

Subhash Arora, President of Indian Wine Academy and Editor of delWine, India’s first online magazine on wine, food and hospitality, becomes the first and only Indian being awarded the prestigious Mérite de l’OIV (OIV Merit) honour by the Paris- based organisation in recognition of his service in the international vine and wine sector, according to a message received from the premier inter-governmental organisation

‘Cav. Subhash Arora, It is an honour and pleasure to me to inform you today that upon proposal of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the International organisation of vine and wine the OIV Executive Committee has decided to give you the "OlV Merit" award in due recognition of your activity within the international vine and wine sector,’ reads the citation letter from Mr. Federico Castellucci, Director General of OIV.

‘This is the most distinguished award for vitiviniculture scientists and experts and professionals by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine and is given for due recognition of outstanding activities within the international vine and wine sector, including, but not limiting to scientific and technical research, product safety and quality, conditions for producing and marketing vine and wine products, innovation, the dissemination of the results thereof and the general development of the international vitivinicultural sector and diffusion of wine culture and civilization.’

The official award presentation will be made on the occasion of the forthcoming 9th General Assembly of the OIV and the 34th World Conference on Vine and Wine in Porto, Portugal on Friday 24th June, 2011. Mme Marie-Christine Tarby-Maire (France), H.E. Mr František Lipka (Slovakia), M. Fernando Bianchi de Aguiar (Portugal) and Tony Spawton (Australia) are the other recipients of the honour this year.

As the message from OIV reveals, ‘throughout the history of the OIV, there have been unique individuals who have devoted time and effort to the Organisation beyond what was expected contributing to the growth and success of OIV. Consequently, the OIV Technical and Scientific Committee (CST) each year looks to identify those unique individuals and recognize their distinguished work by giving them the «Mérite de l’OIV», the “OIV Merit.”

The Award is historical and achieves more significance for India as Arora is the first and only Indian to have been given the distinguished award by the international body with a 90-year history. ‘I am on cloud nine- without a drop of wine. I believe the Award is also for India-a country that will become a prominent global wine player during the next decades,’ says an elated Arora.

This international rendezvous to be held on June 20-27 aims to gather researchers, oenologists and professionals in order to discuss not only the different aspects of the science and the production of wine, but also other related themes including wine trade, social development, city planning, architecture and wine tourism. It may be extremely useful for viticulturists, wine producers, consultants and those promoting wine tourism.

OIV is a Paris-based UN type of international inter-governmental organisation of a scientific and technical nature. It is well recognized for its competence in its work concerning vine and wine, wine-based beverages, table grapes, raisins and other vine-based products. The scientific and technical information in these areas is freely shared with all the members. At present, there are 44 Member States, with practically all wine producing nations as members through their respective governments.

This is not the first international award for Subhash Arora who travels extensively within Indian and overseas - judging at various international wine competitions, visiting vineyards and wineries and sharing his experiences to educate wine lovers in an informal and subtle style. He was knighted by the President of Italy in 2009 for his meritorious work in promoting wine culture in India and in particular helping the Italian producers in the Indian market. He was bestowed the title of ‘Cavaliere’. Known for his bold, topical and objective reporting in delWine and other media and as a passionate promoter of wine culture he is often regarded as a ‘Wine Warrior’ and ‘Wine Evangelist’ but he is equally happy being known simply as ‘Wine Guy’ from India.

Arora was also nominated for the ‘Best International Wine Journalist Award’ last year by Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia, an association of  Italian Quality wine producers. He has been nominated once again for the same award in 2011. The Award will be announced during Vinitaly at a special Gala Dinner to be organised by the Comitato on April 8, which he plans to attend.

For more info on the OIV Conference and for Registration, please visit

OIV World Vine and Wine Conference in Portugal




Congratulations Aroraji, very well deserved - Harsh :

Posted @ April 25, 2011 16:00


Beppe Zatti Says:

Hallo Subash, I hope not to be late for congratulations. I hope to meet You tomorrow at Vinitaly See You soon You can ask for me at Inoltre, Padiglione Lombardia , Stand C 13, C/o Mr Picchioni

Posted @ April 08, 2011 12:45


Chandra Schanz Says:

Hi Subhash, How are you doing? Just dropping by to congratulate you fort he OIV Merit honour. Great stuff ?. Do stay in touch. Greetings. Chandra Schanz

Posted @ April 01, 2011 10:46


Arun Varma Says:

Dear Subhash, Heartiest congratulations. What an honour,to be the first and only Indian being awarded the prestigious Mérite de l’OIV (OIV Merit) honour by the Paris- based organisation in recognition of your services in the international vine and wine sector.I am sure you would be a very proud and satisfied person,that your efforts are being recognised by such organisations.

It is a privilege to be associated with you.RegardsArun Varma

Posted @ March 30, 2011 12:45


Lea Desportes Says:

Dear Subhash, I would like to join your numerous French admirers and congratulate you for your well-deserved award! Cheers, Lea Desportes

Posted @ March 29, 2011 13:20


Minchy's Food Products Says:

Dear Subhash, Congratulations on your great achievement. I read about the award that you have received, and I am sure you actually deserve the same. You make us proud.
Good show.

Posted @ March 29, 2011 13:16


Evy Gozali Says:

Dear Mr. Arora, Congrats on the OIV Merit Awards!!  and congrats to your team as well!!   I enjoy the Indian wine academy website much, esp when I have so many things to learn about wine and the world climate change !! Wish you the best. Blessings. Evy

Posted @ March 28, 2011 13:48


kaniraj K Sivarjan Says:

Very Very Heartly congratulations to you for your great achievement. ~Team Sovereign Impex~

Posted @ March 26, 2011 12:17


Dirk Niepoort Says:

dear Subash Arora, from jorge roza, portuguese embassator I hear that you will be in porto in june 2011. I would very much like to meet you and show you around our lodge and taste you on some of our wines and ports. please let me know when it suits you. regards.

Posted @ March 25, 2011 15:51


Isabelle Ogier Says:

Dear Subbhash,Congratulations for this well deserved honour !Best regards, Isabelle Ogier

Posted @ March 25, 2011 15:38


Gul M Says:

Congratulations Mr, Subash on being awarded the prestigious OIV Merit Award. Hope this will encourage you to enlighten and help the Indian Wine Industry. - Gul

Posted @ March 25, 2011 12:39


Cécile Dupuy Boissière Says:

Bravo ! Congratulation for this so deserved OIV distinction. Merci for your devotion to wine & spirits biz and for your great sense of education with easy words and always poetry. Cécile Dupuy-Boissière Château La Brie, Bergerac and Monbazillac french wines

Posted @ March 25, 2011 12:11


Yegas Naidoo Says:

An accolade well deserved. Congratulations Subhash !

Posted @ March 25, 2011 12:08


Kanwal Nain Sethi Says:

Hi Subhash, Many many congratulations. And many more laurels to come !!! Kanwal Sethi.

Posted @ March 25, 2011 12:05


Robin WoodhouseSays:

Many congratulations, Subhash! from Robin and Sam

Posted @ March 24, 2011 15:04



Hi Subhash ! Hearty Congrats & many more laurels! PRAMOD KRISHNA

Posted @ March 24, 2011 13:43


Sidd Banerji Says:


Posted @ March 24, 2011 13:42


Navin Says:

Congrat Subash! Great stuff!!

Posted @ March 24, 2011 10:27


Subhash Arora Says:

Doc, I have indeed come a long way from the time when I had good theoretical knowledge and a thirst for the practical. Indeed, I learnt a lot from you about the Burgundy region which you were so kind to show me for 3 full days. I have learnt a lot from many friends like you and I dont mind admitting there are a quite a few who I consider my Guru even today. Wine is all about learning and enjoying and sharing whatever little I know. I am glad of the jourmey and naturally this international recognition for doing what I am doing. Subhash

Posted @ March 24, 2011 10:26


Dr. Ariff Jamal Says:

Dear Subhash, Allow me to be amongst the first to congratulate you for achieving this extraordinary and prestigious award. A lot of water has passed under the bridge over the last ten years when I first met you, with no real knowledge on wine and it has been a pleasure for me to have trained, taught and brought you this far, in fact you were the first to have addressed me as your WINE-GURU. I am most proud and honoured by your achieving this merit and wish you a long and pleasant journey ahead doing good for our passionate industry. Dr. Ariff Jamal

Posted @ March 24, 2011 10:25


Nestor Riveros Says:

Dear Subash, Congratulations to you and family support for you awarded in the prestigious Mérite de l’OIV (OIV Merit) honour by the Paris- based organisation in recognition of your service in the international vine and wine sector. Best Regards, Nestor Riveros Minister Counsellor Commercial ProChile Commercial Office Embassy of Chile, A 16/1 Vasant Vihar, New Delhi 110057

Posted @ March 24, 2011 10:24


Rajesh Swarnakar Says:

congrats mr subhash.well done

Posted @ March 24, 2011 10:23



Cav. Arora, AUGURI E CONGRATULATIONS!!! We as Indian and member of Delhi Wine Club are proud of your getting accolades of par excellance!!!

Posted @ March 24, 2011 10:23


D N Raju ( Darby ) Says:

Dear Subhash, Yet Again, let me congratulate you on getting your OIV merit award! first ever for an Indian. Hope this award will encourage you to further the cause of grape vine and wine industry in India.. D N Raju (Darby) CMD Bangalore SOMA Vineyards. An avid fan and friend of IWA.

Posted @ March 24, 2011 10:23


Reva K. Singh Says:

Congratulations, Subhash! I'm delighted to learn about this new honour. Keep going! All the best, Reva

Posted @ March 24, 2011 10:23


Alok Chandra Says:

Dear Subhash Warm congratulations for receiving the award - may you go from strength to strength! Alok

Posted @ March 24, 2011 10:22



Dear Subhash, I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your OIV Merit Award, what an achievement! Kind regards, Loic Denneulin-Country Manager India , Sopexa

Posted @ March 24, 2011 10:22


Joel B. Payne Says:

Congratulations! .

Posted @ March 24, 2011 10:20


Christine Says:

Bravo ! Une récompense bien méritée et juste. Tous mes compliments !

Posted @ March24, 2011 10:19


Sumedh Singh Says:

Heartiest Congratulation on being awarded the prestigious Mérite de l’OIV (OIV Merit) honour.

Posted @ March 24, 2011 10:19



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