In view of the existence of various national processes and regulations in particular with regards reasoned, integrated and sustainable production, the OIV decided to standardise these approaches and incorporate the specific characteristics of the vitivinicultural sector.
So in 2004, the OIV adopted the definition and general principles of sustainable development applied to vitiviniculture (CST 1-2004).
Sustainable vitiviniculture is defined as follows:
“Global strategy on the scale of the grape production and processing systems, incorporating at the same time the economic sustainability of structures and territories, producing quality products, considering requirements of precision in sustainable viticulture, risks to the environment, products safety and consumer health and valuing of heritage, historical, cultural, ecological and aesthetic aspects.”
To satisfy this definition, in 2008, the OIV adopted an implementation guide for the concept of sustainable development at an environmental level in the world vitiviniculture sector (CST 1-2008).
While recognising the wider considerations of sustainable production, the OIV continues to develop guidelines for the application of the concept of sustainable development at a social and economic level.