Brazilian Regina Vanderlinde was elected today (Jul. 6) in Paris with 92.2% of the votes the new President of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). She was chosen by the organization’s extraordinary general assembly, with 36 of the 46 votes cast by the member states.
OIV is the organization that sets the international standards on wide, grape, raisin, and wine- and grape juice–based beverages. It is also tasked with watching the international economic and commercial development in the sector.
Vanderlinde’s election brings Brazil’s wine market and its growth potential to the spotlight. The country’s yearly per capita consumption is still modest (1.53 liters, against 40 liters in France), and some 80% of the consumption stems from imports, despite the international acknowledgment Brazilian wine has earned over the years.
A Biochemical Pharmacy graduate from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Regina Vanderline also holds a master’s degree and a PhD in enology from the Université de Bordeaux, in France, and has worked with OIV since 2012 as Scientific Secretary in the Sub-Commission of Methods of Analysis.
Vanderlinde is replacing US Monika Christmann for a three-year tenure. The organization, created in 1924, is made up of 45 member countries and a region with an observation statute—Yantai, in China. It also has permanent observers from a number of sector-specific organizations linked to wine and vine.