37th World Congress of Vine and Wine

Southern Vitiviniculture,
a Confluence of Knowledge and Nature

From 9th to 14th November 2014
Mendoza, Argentina


The XXXVIIth World Congress of Vine and Wine and the 12th General Assembly of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) are to take place from 9th to 14th November 2014, in Mendoza (Argentina) upon the invitation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina.

…The Republic of Argentina, a wine country ‘par excellence’, is honored by the celebration of a high-level event in its territory, and the participation of leading oenology experts who will undoubtedly provide their masterful knowledge to our vitiviniculture…

Agr.Ing. Carlos Casamiquela, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

… A captivating landscape located at the southern tip of South America, reunite us in Argentina, my country.
From the north to the south of Argentina, you will be able to appreciate a wide variety of landscapes. We have a large area dedicated to vitiviniculture, located at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Argentina has privileged conditions of latitudes, climates and soil diversity, resulting in high quality wines, produced with the uniqueness of Argentinean terroirs, which is why our wines stand out worldwide.

Claudia Inés QUINI, President of the OIV

Congress themes:

Theme 1: Viticulture

  1. The plant as the protagonist of the vineyard
  2. The vineyard as the primary home
  3. Sustainability as management philosophy and reality
  4. Innovation – current viticultural scenario

Theme 2: Oenology

  1. Wine inhabitants
  2. The intimacy of wine
  3. Human intervention
  4. Technology as a generator of information
  5. The product

Theme 3: Economy and Law

  1. The ones who choose / what is chosen
  2. The differentiation
  3. The world trade of grape and wine
  4. History and people

Theme 4: Safety and Health

  1. The consumers and their health
  2. The thought of those who choose
  3. Responsible drinking, prevention and educational programs


Organising committee

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina
National Wine Institute
International Organisation of Wine and Vine (OIV)

Selection committee

MrYvesBENARD France
MrsMonikaCHRISTMANN Allemagne
MrVicente SOTES RUIZ Espagne
MrValeriu COTEA Roumanie
MrEugenio POMARICI Italie
MrsCreina STOCKLEY Australie
MrPaulo BARROS Portugal
MrsCarla ARUANI Argentine
MrDominiqueTUSSEAU France
MrWolfgangHAUPT Allemagne
MrPierre-LouisTEISSEDRE France
MrDonato ANTONACCI Italie
MrsRegina VANDERLINDE Brésil
MrJean ClaudeRUF France
MrsTatianaSVINARTCHUK Russie
MrMarioDE LA FUENTE Espagne
MrAlejandroMARIANETTI Argentine
MrJorgePRIETO Argentine
MrJosé GuillermoRODRÍGUEZ Argentine
MrMarceloMURGO Argentine
MrsCarolinaCORIA Argentine
MrsCarolinaCHICONOFRI Argentine
MrArmandoTONIONI Argentine
MrNicolásJURI Argentine
MrsJimenaESTRELLA ORREGO Argentine
MrAlejandro JuanGENNARI Argentine
MrsRaquelROMANO Argentine
MrsGladysRANZUGLIA Argentine
MrClaudioFADER KÁISER Argentine

Welcoming address

Jean-Marie AURAND, Directeur Général de l’OIV

Welcome address by Jean-Marie Aurand, Director General of the OIV

The 37th World Congress of Vine and Wine is undoubtedly one of the highlights in the wine world’s events calendar. Indeed, this congress, which will bring together almost 600 participants, with more than 170 oral presentations and 300 posters, will allow researchers, experts, producers and policy-makers from 23 countries to exchange, discuss and share their knowledge over the course of a week.

I think this is a good opportunity to provide some figures showing the recent development of the sector, in order to illustrate its significance:

  • Production in 2014 was affected by significant climatic hazards, particularly in Europe. It is estimated at 271 million hectolitres, down 6% from the previous year.
  • France regained its position as the leading global producer (46.2 million hectolitres), ahead of Italy, which experienced a poor harvest (44.4 million hectolitres), and Spain, which recorded a production level of 37 million hectolitres.
  • Europe remains the largest producer of wine despite its declining production. In contrast, production in the southern hemisphere and the United States has increased: Argentina, 15.2 million hectolitres (+1%/2013); New Zealand, 3.2 million hectolitres (+29%/2013); South Africa, 11.4 million hectolitres (+4%/2013). For the third consecutive year, the United States should record a high level of production (22.5 million hectolitres).
  • The total area of ​​vineyards worldwide continues to decline, but this trend is not apparent everywhere. South American vineyards are getting bigger. Chile has had a 19% increase since 2000 (an area of ​​208,000 hectares in 2013), Argentina 11% (224,000 hectares in 2013), whereas the area of European vineyards has decreased by 15% since 2000.
  • The production of table grapes continues to develop and reached 249 million quintals in 2013. China alone contributes 34% of production.
  • The consumption of wine in 2014 can only be estimated now in November 2014. A slight increase compared to 2013 is nevertheless expected, reaching 243 million hectolitres.
  • The geography of wine consumption is changing. In 2000, Europe accounted for almost 70% of global consumption but only 61% in 2013. New consumers are entering the stage: consumption in the US has increased by 39% since 2000, by 60% in China, 121% in Russia and by 39% in Australia during the same period.
  • Trade is becoming increasingly global. In the year 2000, 25% of wine consumed was imported; in 2013, it was 40%. In 2013, 98 million hectolitres were imported, valued at 26 billion euros.

In the context of the globalisation of production, consumption and trade, as well as of constant innovation, the role of an intergovernmental organisation such as the OIV is becoming increasingly essential. Indeed, the evaluation and approval of new production practices, the definition of rules for presenting products as well as methods of control and analysis require an open and transparent discussion between producer countries. It is a question of ensuring fair trade and the integrity and sustainability of wine products on the one hand, and meeting consumer expectations in terms of product quality and health and environmental protection on the other. This congress will do its part to contribute.

You will find lots of information about the wine sector on the OIV website. Among the latest publications are:


Paper submissions must be uploaded on-line via abstract submission platform of the Congress. Submissions must be received before 13th June 2014.

A. Authors are required to:

  1. Select the form of presentation. Three types of presentation are possible:
    I. Oral communication (15 minutes).
    II. Short communication (5 minutes, 3 presentation slides).
    III. Poster.

  2. Select a theme and a sub-theme under which the abstract should be reviewed by the Joint Reading and Selection Committee. The Joint Reading and Selection Committee reserve the right to change the section and the sub-theme previously chosen by the author.

Final paper must be submitted online via the abstract submission platform of the Congress, through your account, by the indicated deadline on: http://www.oiv.int/congres/OIV2014ARG/login.

B. Important dates

  • Deadline for submissions: 13th June 2014.
  • Notification of the decisions of the Joint Reading and Selection Committee: 7th July 2014.
  • Deadline for sending the final version of the papers: 15th September 2014.