On 24 August the Union Internationale des Oenologues, the federation of national associations of winemaking professionals, unanimously approved three important resolutions regarding reform of the common organisation of the wine market, wine price mark-ups in the HoReCa sector and label information on allergenic substances.
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As of today the professional title of oenologist is officially recognised in Brazil, joining Italy, France, Switzerland and Spain. The government of the Federative Republic of BraziI has in fact passed Law no. 11,476 which makes the professional title of oenologist official.
The law proposal was strongly supported by the Associação Brasileira de Enologia (ABE), headed by oenologist Dirceu Scottá, who had been working towards the achievement of this important goal for several years. ABE represents a reference point for the development of the Brazilian wine growing and producing sector.
Two issues of particular interest were discussed. The first concerned an analysis of the proposal to reform the common organisation of the wine market, with regard to which the UIOe has drawn up a draft resolution which is currently being examined by the national associations concerned.
The second issue regarded the problem of excessive mark-ups of wine prices in the HoReCa sector. A number of pieces of market research highlighting unwarranted price increases were illustrated. On this issue, too, the UIOe will set out its position at its next meeting scheduled to be held in Germany at the end of August.
The new web site of the Union Internationale des Œnologues is ready, and has gone on line. The site offers a complete overview of the role and training of professional winemakers throughout the world. Considerable space is given to the national associations which belong to the federation, with a description of their history and information on how to contact them.
All of the above is in line with the fundamental philosophy of the Union Internationale des Œnologues - the safeguard of the role of the winemakers and the associations that represent them in the different countries.
A meeting of the winemaking practices working group took place in Brussels on 15th November. The main items discussed regarded dealcoholisation, acidification with lactic and other acids (malic), enrichment practices and enzymes. The official representatives of the Union Internationale des Œnologues in this commission are the chairman, Giuseppe Martelli, of Italy, and the vice-chairman, Iztok Klenar, of Slovenia.
During the first 10 months of 2006, the chairman and secretary general made a number of contacts with a view to increasing the number of national associations belonging to the federation. The developments were particularly interesting for China and Georgia. For Israel, Hungary and Romania, more time will perhaps be needed.
The presentation of the draft regulations on the use of wood in wine and the assessment of new winemaking practices, including the membrane practices applied to wine, were two of the arguments discussed at greatest length during the meeting.
During the meeting, the European Union Commission presented the document entitled Towards a Sustainable European Wine Sector, taking the form of an exchange of views on regulations applicable to winemaking practices and the acceptance of the regulations permitted by the OIV.
The seretary general Serge Dubois represented the Union Internationale des Œnologues at the general assembly of the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin 2006, which took place in Logroño in Spain on 30th June 2006 during the traditional international congress.
During the event, Dubois contacted the representatives of a number of international wine bodies, and emphasised the role of the winemaker as a specialist in production and the driving force behind the constant improvement of quality in wine at international level. His speech was much appreciated and attracted enthusiastic applause.
The general meeting of the Union Internationale des Œnologues was held during the 40th edition of Vinitaly. Among the otehr items on the agenda was the nomination of the official representatives of the organisation at the EU commission and OIV.
The secretary general of UIŒ, Serge Dubois of France, was nominated wine commissioner to the EU, while the chairman, Giuseppe Martelli of Italy, and vice-chairman, Iztok Klenar of Slovenia, were appointed to the winemaking practices commission.
A delegate was nominated for each of the 10 OIV commissions, to represent all the national associations belonging to the Union Internationale des Œnologues.
The Union Internationale des Œnologues presented the relevant department of the European Union with a proposal for the harmonisation and acknowledgement of the qualification of winemaker on the basis of the procedures already in place among a number of member states of the Union, including France and Italy. The UIOE focused on the importance of achieving these objectives as soon as possible and of not imposing any conditions such as entry in registers, colleges or orders, as laid down by the European directives.
On 20th December, the EU approved regulation 2165/2005, which makes it possible to use fragments of wood in winemaking, with the exception of VQPRD wines.
On 24th November, the Union Internationale des Œnologues sent the European Union its resolution on the argument, which had been unanimously approved by its general meeting. The resolution states, "According to the Union Internationale des Œnologues, the use of staves, chips, shavings and similar is not possible for VQPRD wines. For all other wines, the use of such substances is possible".
This was an important meeting not only due to the great relevance of the items on the agenda, but also due to the fact that the Union Internationale des Œnologues celebrated its 40th anniversary in Milan. It was founded on 24th April 1965 by means of a deed signed precisely in the premises of Milan Chamber of Commerce.
Giuseppe Martelli of Italy was unanimously re-elected chairman of the Union Internationale des Œnologues, and Serge Dubois of France was nominated secretary general. The new vice-chairmen are Josè Maria Lez Secchi of Uruguay and Iztok Klenar of Slovenia.