28 August 2006

[postfactum] New presidency of OIV

Almost two months ago, on 1 July, the International Organization of the Vine and Wine (OIV) obtained a new head for a three-year term.

Australian viticulturalist Peter HAYES was elected "unopposed" (presumably, meaning a single candidate) as President of the world's major intergovernmental body that sets technical standards for wine (see the candidate statement here).

The media marks Hayes' election as the introduction of the "New World perspective", referring to his statement in the new capacity: 'I think the Old World recognises that the world has changed radically since 1924 and that there needs to be a change. Maybe a New World perspective can assist with that'.

More on the subject: "OIV gets 'New World perspective' as Australian appointed top job" Decanter, July 6, 2006

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