Every year this event, placed under the patronage of the OIV and presided by Vitaly Merkushev, brings together actors in the vitivinicultural field from countries in the Black Sea area.
400 participants, wine producers, oenologists, sommeliers, distributors, researchers, government representatives and journalists from 20 or so countries took part in this meeting, whose aim was to promote economic and technical cooperation by highlighting the common vitivinicultural characteristics of the region.
During a conference dedicated to the implementation of a common working framework between the different actors, OIV Director General Jean-Marie Aurand gave a presentation on the major developments in the global vitivinicultural sector. This included a focus on the “spaces of convergence” of the vitivinicultural industry around the Black Sea, and the axes and actions for cooperation likely to be put in place.
The presentation of wines organised as part of the Forum brought together over 70 companies.
During the opening ceremony, Jean-Marie Aurand officially presented an OIV Merit Award to Lev Oganesyants, Director of the Russian Research Institute for Wine, Beer and Soft Drink Industries.
Engineer, oenologist, teacher, researcher and then professor, elected in 2015 to the Russian Academy of Sciences, Lev Oganesyants has devoted his career to the vitivinicultural sector. The author of more than 350 scientific publications and 15 or so works including one on the history of the vine and wine field in Russia, which received a Special Mention from the OIV, for many years he was the Russian point of contact and official representative within the Organisation.
The Director of the OIV expressed his heartfelt thanks to Professor Oganesyants for his continual and efficient actions to strengthen relations between the OIV and the Russian Federation.