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Summary of Resolutions adopted in 2014 by the 12th OIV General Assembly

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Together with the adoption of the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan and the 2015 work programme, the 12th General Assembly of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), which met on 14 November 2014 in Mendoza (Argentina), adopted a total of 10 resolutions

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Decisions on Oenological Practices

Several resolutions relating to new oenological practices will be added to the International Code of Oenological Practices of the OIV, in particular:

  • A new oenological practice on the treatment of wines using a membrane technique coupled with activated carbon to reduce excess 4-ethylphenol and 4-ethylguaiacol was accepted (Resolution OIV-OENO 504-2014). This physical treatment consists of using technologies combining nanofiltration and treatment with deodorising activated carbon, with the objective of reducing the content of 4-ethylphenol and 4-ethylguaiacol of microbial origin, which constitutes an organoleptic defect and masks the aromas of the wine.
  • In addition, a Code of good vitivinicultural practices in order to avoid or limit contamination by Brettanomyces was adopted (Resolution OIV-OENO 462-2014). Among processes that deteriorate wine quality, the production of volatile phenols by Brettanomyces is widespread and increasingly problematic. The management of Brettanomyces is an important winemaking issue; Brettanomyces are reported to be involved in spoilage resulting in aromatic defects. This code determines the measures to be set up in vineyards and in wine cellars in order to contribute to reducing the risks linked to the presence of Brettanomyces.

Decisions on Specifications of Oenological Products

The following monographs have been added to the International Oenological Codex, in particular:

  • A monograph on PVI/PVP adsorbent copolymers. Various detailed specifications accompany this monograph, monomer limits in musts and wines in particular. This monograph thus supplements the oenological practice that permits the treatment of wines with this copolymer. (Resolution OIV-OENO 262-2014).
  • A monograph on silver chloride (Resolution OIV-OENO 505-2014). This monograph relates to silver chloride used for adsorption by an inert support with a view to its use in wine. Silver chloride is used for the treatment of wines to remove fermentation- and storage-related abnormal odours (odours caused by reduction reactions, characterised by the presence of hydrogen sulphide and thiols).

Decisions on Methods of Analysis

During this same session, three new methods of analysis were adopted and will be added to the analytical corpus of the OIV. These include, in particular:

  • A method of determination of biogenic amines in wine by high-performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array detection (Resolution OIV-OENO 457-2014). The principle of this method is based on the coupling of a chromophore to the biogenic amines, which, by derivatisation, enables biogenic amines to be obtained that are visible by diode array detector.
  • A method for the determination of lysozyme in wine using high-performance liquid chromatography (Resolution OIV-OENO 458-2014). This method describes the analytical procedure used to determine lysozyme in red and white wines. The determination can be carried out on the sample directly for white wines, but for red wines a dissociation of the enzyme from the polyphenolic macromolecules by means of sudden alkalinisation must be undertaken, using the principle of the amphoteric nature of the protein.
  • A method for the determination of methanol in wine by gas chromatography (Resolution OIV-OENO 480-2014). This method, which replaces the existing method, is applicable to the quantification of methanol in wines for concentrations between 50 and 500 mg/L. Methanol is determined using gas chromatography coupled to detection using flame ionisation in the distillate, to which an internal standard is added.
  • A modification to the method relating to the determination of the carbon isotope ratio 13C/12C of CO2 in sparkling wines: method using isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) was finally adopted (Resolution OIV-OENO 512-2014). The main changes concern, on the one hand, CO2 sampling procedures and, on the other hand, the addition of precision parameters defined as part of an inter-laboratory test.

Decisions on Economy and Law

The OIV also adopted the definition of sommelier. A sommelier is defined as a professional from the vitivinicultural and catering sectors, wineries or other distributors that recommend and serve beverages at a professional level.

Their field of activity is the service of wine in the catering industry or in establishments selling wine, as well as the provision of specialised advice for those involved in the wine market to ensure good presentation and service of products. Their role and skills are also specified (Resolution OIV-ECO 474-2014).

Decisions on Safety and Health

Considering the expectations of professionals in the sector, the OIV Member States adopted a resolution regarding a Code of good fining practice for wine to be applied in the use of proteinaceous allergenic wine fining agents. This code specifies the different steps to be followed in the fining and filtration processes, as well as in confirming that no residual allergenic fining agents can be detected (Resolution OIV-SECSAN 520-2014).

The full texts of the resolutions adopted by the 12th OIV General Assembly will shortly be available on the OIV website, www.oiv.int.