Bordeaux, Dijon and Reims compete to house headquarters of the UN of wine, OIV

Monday June 14 2021 by Vitisphere

 The French State, which houses OIV headquarters by international agreement, pays the rent for the organisation and must now find a permanent solution. The French State, which houses OIV headquarters by international agreement, pays the rent for the organisation and must now find a permanent solution. - Photo credit : OIV

After the high-end districts of Paris, will a wine capital offer accommodation for the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)? Bordeaux, Dijon and Reims are all in the running to welcome the UN of wine, which is currently looking for premises that befit its status as an intergovernmental organisation. With 48 member states across the world’s wine regions, OIV has just asked the French government to find it a permanent building this year to properly accommodate its employees and the international conferences it regularly organises.

 

Changes in ownership and usage caused OIV to leave its prestigious base at 18, rue d'Aguesseau (which it had occupied since 1966) at the end of 2019 for 35, rue de Monceau, also in the eighth arrondissement of the capital city. As the organisation approaches its centenary in November 2024 and the prospect of a new director looms in 2023, when Pau Roca's term of office comes to an end, a rapid resolution to the issue has been requested.

 

Three cities have come forward with proposals to house OIV: Bordeaux, Dijon and Reims. As the wine capitals of Gironde/Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, they are a far cry from the neutral ground epitomised by Paris from a wine perspective. Supported by the wine industry and local elected officials, the Bordeaux proposal offers to house the OIV headquarters at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), which holds a significant place in the history of wine, and was where the Médoc and Sauternes classification was officially presented in 1855.

 

It would make sense for OIV’s headquarters to be located in Dijon, home to the only UNESCO university chair dedicated to vines and wine”, claims François Labet, vice-chairman of the Burgundy wine marketing board (BIVB). Maxime Toubart, chairman of the Champagne producers’ organisation SGV feels, however, that Reims has the advantage of being close to Paris and offering a prestigious setting, the Villa Douce.

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