Subhash Arora, President of the Indian Wine Academy was honoured recently with the “OlV Merit” award by the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), Paris, at its 34th World Conference held in Porto, Portugal. The presentation took place at the 9th General Assembly of the OIV and the 34th World Conference on Vine and Wine in Porto, Portugal on Friday 24 June, 2011.
Arora is the first Indian to receive this recognition from the Paris-based OIV whose origins go back to 1924 with 44 member states, including almost all wine producing countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile and Argentina.
‘Cav. Subhash Arora, it is an honour and pleasure for me to inform you that …. the OIV Executive Committee has decided to give you the “OlV Merit” award in due recognition of your activity within the international vine and wine sector,’ reads the citation letter from the Director General of OIV, Federico Castellucci.
Mme Marie-Christine Tarby-Maire (France), H.E. Mr František Lipka (Slovakia), M. Fernando Bianchi de Aguiar (Portugal) and Tony Spawton (Australia) were the other recipients of the honour this year.
The OIV is an intergovernmental advisory body for the international wine industry and globally recognized for its competence for work concerning vines, wine, wine-based beverages, table grapes and raisins.
India, which currently has no laws or structure concerning grape growing and wine production, officially submitted a request for membership of the OIV in January this year, at which time the OIV stated that “the application demonstrates the interest shown by this country in the winegrowing sector”.
Following a six-month acceptance process, India will become the 45th OIV member state by mid-July, entitling Indian representatives to participate in the Executive Committee, the commissions and other expert groups as envoys.
While releasing the annual report for 2001 to 2010 on the global performance of the vine and wine industry, Federico Castellucci, Director General of OIV, noted that India was the 9th largest producer of grapes worldwide and will benefit from the OIV membership by having access to all scientific information available with the organisation. A key sector in which India is expected to benefit significantly is that of table grapes.
This path-breaking development is due in no small measure to the efforts of Subhash Arora culminating in his receiving the OlV Merit award, which he modestly deflected by telling Sommelier India Wine Magazine, “I think the Award is really for India and the importance the world is attaching to it.”
Our heartiest congratulations, Subhash. Keep the flag flying!