Exploring Blockchain: OIV's First Online Course for the Vine and Wine Sector Concludes Successfully

10 Jun 2024

The first edition of the OIV course on Blockchain application to the vine and wine sector took place last week, from 4 to 7 June. In total, 25 participants from 16 different countries attended the intensive 4-day online training program, which brought together students, professionals, and international experts from across the globe to explore the transformative potential of blockchain technology in the wine industry.

The training has been officially opened by a speech of the OIV DG, John Barker, followed by the Head of Statistics and Digital Transformation Department, Giorgio Delgrosso, who explained why the OIV decided to organise this course: “During the last OIV congress, which focused on the digitalisation of the industry, it became clear that the sector is eager to better understand the benefits and challenges of digital tools and how to leverage them. This realisation led us to launch this training program, with blockchain selected as our first focus area.”


Designed to equip participants with essential knowledge and tools, the course offered a comprehensive overview of blockchain technology and its related concepts such as Web 3, NFTs, smart contracts, Metaverse, and DAOs. The curriculum focused on how these technologies integrate with the wine industry and showcased real-world use cases demonstrating their impact.


The training was led by internationally renowned professors and specialists in digital innovation and distributed ledger technologies: Milagros Santamaria (Megatex.tech and MMLAW), Guilherme Lima (Drexfy), André Soares Campo (SOGRAPE), Rodolfo Neirotti (dVin), Michael Paul Kramer and Prof. Jon Hanf (Geisenheim University), Prof. Javier Ibañez Jimenez (ICADE Comillas, Pontifical University), Prof. Ana F. Muñoz Pérez (Rey Juan Carlos University), and Mike Tango Bravo (OpenVino).


This course marks a significant step forward in the OIV’s mission to facilitate the digital transformation within the vine and wine sector. By providing in-depth insights and practical knowledge, it prepares industry stakeholders to harness blockchain technology effectively, addressing future challenges and opportunities in the global wine industry.