42nd World Congress of Vine and Wine
"Preserve and innovate: Environmental, economic and social expectations"

15 - 19 July 2019
Geneva, Switzerland


FOAG’s Welcome Words

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Switzerland, a country with a centuries-old tradition of wine growing, has the honour of inviting you to take part in the 42nd World Congress Vine and Wine to be held from 15 to 19 July 2019 in Geneva.

A small wine-growing country, but one which offers great diversity, Swiss vineyards are divided into six wine-growing regions: German-speaking Switzerland, Ticino, the Three Lakes area, the Valais region, the canton of Vaud and Geneva. All of them offer a wide range of superb soils, grape varieties and vineyard landscapes. They will be closely involved in running the 42nd Congress.

For many decades through agricultural research, the Swiss Confederation has been working towards sustainable wine production which meets the challenges posed by our environment.

Under the title "Preserve and innovate: Environmental, economic and social expectations", the scientific work of the Congress will centre around four sessions: wine growing, oenology, economics and law, together with safety and health.

An inaugural session on Monday 15 July, which is open to a wide audience, will have the theme "A reasoned approach to inputs: scientific contributions and consumer perception".

The Organising Committee of the 42nd World Congress of Vine and Wine and the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture would like to thank and congratulate Uruguay for holding the 41st Congress of the OIV in Punta del Este and look forward to welcoming those involved in wine growing throughout the world to Switzerland in 2019.

Bienvenue, Grüezi, Benvenuto, Welcome!

Federal Office of Agriculture (FOAG)

Organising Committee’s Welcome Words

From July 15th to July 19th 2019, Switzerland will host the 42nd World Congress of Vine and Wine as well as the General Assembly of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). This is a milestone event for global wine producers expected in Geneva for a week.

Each year, a World Congress of Vine and Wine and a General Assembly OIV take place in one of the Member States, bringing together the greatest experts in this field. The first edition of the Congress was held in 1928 in France. Switzerland, a member of the OIV since 1934, has hosted it twice: in 1935 in Lausanne, then 42 years later, in 1977 in Nyon, coinciding with an edition of the Fête des Vignerons.

In October 2016, the General Assembly of International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) in Brazil selected Switzerland for the organisation of its 42nd Congress and General Assembly in 2019, which coincides with the next Fête des Vignerons. Based on this decision, the Federal Office of Agriculture (FOAG), the official representative of Switzerland at the OIV, entrusted the organisation of this event to the Association OIV 2019 established for this purpose.

This 42nd Congress is a unique opportunity for Swiss vitiviniculture to strengthen its international reputation in terms of research and innovation, to confirm the qualitative positioning of its research, training and indigenous production programs, as well as to maintain international relations, essential for the future of the Swiss wine industry.

It is a unifying project for all Swiss viticulture!

Simone de Montmollin
Chairman of the Organising Committee

Congress themes:

Theme 1: Viticulture

Heritage conservation and technical innovations
  1. Protection and adaptation of plant material
  2. Soil conservation and water saving
  3. Plant protection: risk management, diseases and emerging pests
  4. Production techniques: precision tools, integrated and organic systems, economic efficiency
  5. Sustainability of landscape values
  6. Climate change

Theme 2: Œnology

Product control and new techniques
  1. Oenological practices: quality, safety and authenticity of products and by-products
  2. Reduction of inputs, alternative products and physical processes
  3. Management of microorganisms, bioprotection
  4. Innovations in analytics and tasting
  5. Technological adaptations to climate impacts
  6. Wineries: energy and landscape impacts

Theme 3: Economy & Law

Product value and communication
  1. Value and protection of geographical indications
  2. Product image, acceptability of traditional and innovative techniques in the face of economic and climate uncertainty
  3. Market demands, cost of innovations and adaptation of training
  4. Disclosure: labelling, transparency and ecological seals
  5. Consumer perception: communication, marketing
  6. Safety and employment law

Theme 4: Safety & Health

Risk management
  1. Methods of risk identification and evaluation
  2. Definition of limits and quantification of residues
  3. Impact of oenological practices and additives/processing aids
  4. Nutritional and social values of products


Organising committee

Simone de Montmollin, Chairman of the Organising Committee
Dominique Maigre, Vice-Chairman of the Organising Committee
Marc Favre, Treasurer of the OIV 2019 Association
François Murisier, Chairman of the Scientific Committee
Pierre Schauenberg, Head of the Swiss delegation, Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG

Office Fédéral de l'Agriculture
Organisation Internationale de la vigne et du vin

Selection committee

MrsMonika CHRISTMANNGermany
MrsSimoneDE MONTMOLLINSwitzerland
MrNicolas DELABAYSSwitzerland
MrVittorino NOVELLOItaly
MrsAna MariaRUANOSpain
MrJean ClaudeRUFFrance
MrsTatianaSVINARTCHUK Russia


Abstract submission platform of the Congress. Submissions must be received by 3 March 2019.

A. Authors are required to:

  1. Select the form of presentation. Three types of presentation are possible:
    I. Communication orale (15 - 20 minutes).
    II. Short communication (5 - 10 minutes).
    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.

The Reading and Selection Committee takes the final decision on the adoption or rejection of a proposed abstract. The final type of presentation shall be determined by the Reading and Selection Committee. If the committee does not select a presentation as an "oral presentation", the paper can still be accepted as a short presentation or a poster.

B. Final papers submission

The final version of the accepted papers shall be submitted within the deadline indicated below, using your user account on the abstracts submission platform of the congress: http://www.oiv.int/congres/OIV2019CHE/login

The instructions for presentation and publication of final papers, accepted for inclusion in the Congress proceedings (oral presentation, short presentation or poster) are available here: Guide to authors for paper drafting.

C. Important dates

  • Deadline for the submission of proposals for a presentation (abstracts): 3 March 2019
  • Information about the decision of the Reading and Selection Committee: from 8 April 2019
  • Deadline for the final papers submission: 24 May 2019