India keen to join global wine trade fraternity

Friday, 8 November, 2013
Jayashree Bhosale, ET Bureau
After becoming the first country from Asia to become the member of the Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), India now aspires to become member of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG), an informal grouping of industry representatives from wine-producing countries.
India has for the first time participated as an observer in the ongoing meeting of WWTG in Washington DC.

"We want to become a member of WWTP as it will help in the international trading of our wines," said Jagdish Holkar, chairman of Indian Grape Processing Board (IGPB).

OIV membership helps India get access to the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge about vines, wines and grapes. WWTG members include Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and USA. The group has the representatives of both the industry as well as the government.

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