OIV elects new president

The general assembly of the of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV, has announced the election of Claudia Inés Quini, deputy head of research at the National Institute for Vitiviniculture of Argentina (INV), as its incoming president.

Quini has been elected president of the OIV for a three-year term and takes over from  Yves Bénard of France.

Some of the key issues to be addressed during her mandate will be future trends in the wine market and the enlargement of the organisation towards Asia and the Americas, according to the OIV.

Born in the Argentinean region of Mendoza, Quini has a degree in chemical engineering from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, and has specialised further in management and research in the vitivinicultural domain.

“We need to revise OIV strategic priorities to get a closer picture of the wine market, in order to be able to anticipate future trends such as, for example, the growing demand for low-alcohol or de-alcoholised beverages of vitivinicultural origin”, said Quini in her first statement as president of the OIV. “Without forgetting to increase the appreciation of traditional wine”, she added.

“The OIV is also playing an active role in the development of a sustainable vitiviniculture, as shown by the adoption of a set of principles to establish a carbon calculator protocol specific for the grape, raisins and wine industry1”, said Quini. “We will ensure that this sustainability model also addresses social and economic concerns”, she added.

“We will also work to enlarge the organisation through the incorporation of emerging countries as member states, and I am looking forward to Asia and the Americas in particular”, said also Quini.

The OIV comprises 45 member states that represent nearly 80% of the global wine production.