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May 30, 2022 View:

Macerated white wine added to OIV list of special wines

White wine with maceration ("white wine with maceration") has been added to the list of special wines of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV). The decision was announced online by the OIV General Assembly on November 26, 2020!

Photo courtesy of: Georgian Wine Promotion Center

Previously, the OIV"s special wine list included seven wines:

Sparkling wines

Carbonated wines

Liqueurs (liqueur wines)

Sweet wines with residual sugar derived from grapes.

Ice wines

Flor or film wines

Wine with an alcohol content modified by dealcoholisation

Now with the addition of macerated white wines, there are now a total of eight OIV Special Wines.

In 2017, the International Organization of Vine and Wine accepted a proposal from Georgia to add white wines with long maceration and fermentation to the category of OIV Special Wines.

The OIV working group conducted a three-year review process before making today's decision.

The OIV's decision will be duly explained in the International Code of Alcoholic Beverage Practices:

The use of only white grape varieties in winemaking.

maceration in contact with grape pomace.

The minimum time for the impregnation phase is 1 month.

The macerated white wines are characterized by their orange-amber color and tannic texture.

The decision of the OIV was to make consumers aware of the characteristics of this type of wine and to explain the mentioned characteristics to the members of the jury during the wine competition so that they could make an appropriate evaluation.

In 2013, the traditional winemaking technique of clay pot Qvevri winemaking was inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, which introduced the world to this unique way of winemaking. The OIV decision is now particularly important for Georgia, which has an 8,000-year winemaking tradition, and the macerated skin white wine making method is undoubtedly inseparable from Georgia.