The International Organisation of Vine & Wine: Two new candidate countries to the East!

Wednesday April 02 2014 by Vitisphere

 

This 17 March, the International Organisation of Vine & Wine (OIV) celebrated ten years since its transformation* into an intergovernmental organisation of a scientific and technical nature (290 resolutions adopted over the last decade). Nicknamed the "UN of Wine", today the OIV includes 45 member states, representing 84% of the world's wine regions and 90% of the wines produced around the world. Although the U.S. does not seem about to rejoin the OIV any time soon (after its dramatic departure in 2001), two other countries have just started down the accession process: the Caucasian republic of Armenia and the Asian republic of Uzbekistan.

Under negotiation since 2013, the accession of Uzbekistan to the OIV should be ratified by the OIV’s next General Assembly (to be held on 14th November in Argentina, the home country of its current President, Claudia Quini). Having just submitted its application, Armenia should also join the OIV at the end of this year, after consultation of the 45 OIV member states. The OIV states that the surface area of Uzbekistan’s vineyards is currently 120,000 hectares (specializing in table grapes), while Armenia has 15,000 hectares of vineyards (producing mainly wine and brandy).

The European Commission is also interested in a seat at the OIV. It is "seeking a special status", according to the Association of European Wine Regions (making it also a lever for transatlantic free trade agreement negotiations).

 

 

* Replacing the "Office International de la Vigne et du Vin", founded in1924.

 

[Source: Vitisphere; Illustration: OIV]

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