On November 26, 2020, the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) held its 18th OIV Congress for the first time in digital form.
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At this meeting, member states unanimously adopted 18 new OIV resolutions, confirming support for the OIV digitization project and the inclusion of Russian as the sixth official language of the OIV, among other important issues.
OIV member countries agree that developing and adapting to digitalization is particularly important, especially in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic. The goals of this digitalization project include establishing a global observatory of digital transformation within the industry, developing a new department for data collection and development, creating a new OIV website and deploying a new collaborative intelligence platform to facilitate communication between the OIV Secretariat and member countries. The project was tendered for implementation in December and will run for three years starting in January 2021.
The adoption of Russian as the new official language of the OIV was also a topic of the Congress. At the Congress, Maksim Markovich, Director of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, presented the benefits of using Russian as the new official language of the OIV. The member states agreed on the main points of work for the coming months, namely to allow Russian to become the sixth official language of the OIV. This new measure will help the Russian-speaking community to better understand and accept the international standards adopted by the OIV to promote the production and marketing of grapes and wines.
In addition, the Congress adopted 18 new OIV resolutions on sustainable development, winemaking practices and economic and legal aspects. Sustainable development is a priority for OIV member countries. At this Congress, the OIV adopted a new resolution OIV-VITI 641-2020, in which member states approved the OIV Principles for the implementation of sustainable viticulture and winemaking. This guideline complements and updates all the OIV recommendations in the field of sustainable development.
Several other new resolutions related to winemaking practices will be incorporated into the OIV International Code of Winemaking Practices, such as the guidelines on hazards, critical control points and their management (HACCP) in the wine industry (Resolution OIV-OENO 630-2020). Among the resolutions related to economic and legal aspects, the OIV definition of white wines with macerated skins (OIV-ECO 647-2020) and the guidelines for the evaluation of the physical handling of grapes and their derivatives (OIV-secsan 664-2020), among others.