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“The wine industry should follow the development of blockchain technology closely”, says OIV

By Vitisphere December 02, 2021
“The wine industry should follow the development of blockchain technology closely”, says OIV
“In theory, a digital fingerprint could be introduced in the vineyard and allow consumers to search for all available information related to the identity of the product and its processing, from the grape through to the glass”, said Pau Roca. - crédit photo : OIV
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Today we have the digital tools and data science that are driving innovative progress for our society in our life and economy”, said Pau Roca, managing director of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) on 24 November, during a symposium on the digital transformation of the industry. “It is important to bear in mind that these new technologies offer us incredible opportunities in terms of analytical and predictive tools, and this will speed up procedures across-the-board”, stressed the Spanish diplomat.

Even though we can see that the vine and wine sector is more conservative, it is clear that we live in a world that is increasingly driven by data. The world of wine and vineyards is no exception”, added Giorgio Delgrosso, head of digital transformation at OIV. Among the current trends, “one of the technologies that will probably have the greatest potential for the wine industry is blockchain”, claimed Delgrosso.

Currently used for crypto-currencies (primarily Bitcoin), the information storage technology could enable wines to be tracked by all the links in the supply chain, from the vineyard through to the marketplace. “There are many reasons why the wine industry should closely follow the development of blockchain technology [which] offers interesting elements of distributed trust (a single source of truth, immutability and the ability to set up smart contracts)”, said Delgrosso. He claims the scope of application would be crucial in “a market that has a fairly high rate of fraud and counterfeiting” considering the industry is “very fragmented with many SMEs that often have complex and outdated ledgers”.

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Andrew Chalk Le 03 décembre 2021 à 04:50:34
The record of transactions on the blockchain will be internally unimpeachable. However, Rudi Kerniawan (sp) will have already replaced the wine with jug wine. Regarding fraud in the actual product, the blockchain is no use at all. The solution will likely be 'custodians' who will keep the wine until the owner wants to drink it. The obvious candidate to be a custodian is the winery itself, although I could see negociants or other trusted intermediaries fulfilling the role. Ultimately, the blockchain is unnecessary to solve the authenticity problem. Roca's comments fortell it being used to improve the supply chain and offer monetization (selling shares in a bottle/consignment).
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