At the invitation of the Vice-President of Ukrvinprom (Ukrainian Corporation for Viticulture and Wine Production Industry), Mr Volodymyr Gisem, and its Director General, Mr Volodymyr Kucherenko, Jean-Marie Aurand participated in the 3rd Ukrainian National Wine Forum.
This forum brought together over 250 participants, including the major Ukrainian vitivinicultural companies. Discussions focused on the state of the vitivinicultural sector and its prospects surrounding the key issues: vineyard development, modernisation of companies, standardisation and the evolution of the regulatory framework in accordance with international standards.
The OIV Director General, after having praised the quality of discussions during this forum, gave a presentation on the OIV and its missions, highlighting the main developments of the vitivinicultural sector at the global scale and the major issues for the future. He particularly insisted on the importance of the standardisation of products, according to international standards, to ensure their quality and meet consumer expectations on both the internal and export markets.
The forum was extended by the Ukrainian Wine Festival, during which the wines and brandies of the major companies in the sector were presented.
With a vineyard surface area of 45 000 hectares, Ukraine produces almost 1 million hectolitres of wines and brandies. The country has almost 150 such companies.
During Jean-Marie Aurand's visit, he also had a meeting with the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Stepan Kubiv, in order to examine the prospects of the Ukraine returning to the OIV.