Benefits of OIV patronage
In application of Article 24.3 of the internal regulation, the Organisation internationale de la vigne et du vin may grant patronage to international or national wine and spirituous beverage competitions of products of vitivinicultural origin, that approach the OIV for patronage, provided the terms and conditions and regulation for each competition comply with OIV international standards.
The aim of the international competition is to:
- promote good quality wines and spirituous beverages of vitivinicultural origin,
- encourage the production and responsible consumption of the said wines and spirituous beverages as a civilisation factor,
- present the type characteristics of the wines and spirituous beverages, of vitivinicultural origin produced in various countries, to the public,
- raise the growers’ technical level and improve their scientific knowledge,
- contribute to growers’ knowledge.
The competition is open without discrimination to all wines and spirituous beverages of vitivinicultural origin, in compliance with the definitions of the O.I.V «code international des pratiques œnologiques» (International oenological practice code). All products must clearly mention the country of origin, that is, the country where the grapes were harvested and where the said wines and spirituous beverages of vitivinicultural origin were vinified.
International juries assess the samples.
Without exception, jury members are all familiar with tasting technique; jury members are mostly wine makers or people with a recognised diploma in the field of wine and spirituous beverages of vitivinicultural origin.
Complete anonymity is a basic principle of any competition:
Jury members must remain silent and must not make gestures or signs that reveal their impressions during tasting and rating.
The rewards, awarded to the samples that secured the best results, shall not exceed 30% of the total number of samples presented in the competition.
Identification of awards
All awards obtained must necessarily be accompanied by a document of confirmation or “Diploma” created by the competition organizer, specifying the precise name of the prize-winning sample and the exact identification of the relevant producer or merchant.
The awards obtained can be represented by a sticker or badge of the prize, or by a back label, duly authorised and issued by the organiser for a chosen quantity. In this way, a specific set of data can be identified.
Recording of awards
In order to ensure that a record is kept of the attribution of awards, the organizers are required to preserve for at least one year all documents pertaining to the registration of samples, tasting sheets and a sample of the award-winning entries.