the director general of OIV, said the organisation was looking forward
to welcoming India as a full member in a few months.
\”We see no problem in
getting the membership through… in fact, I will personally welcome members
of the Indian embassy in Paris and officials of Indian government to attend
some of the events to be held during the interim period,\” said Castellucci.
Castellucci was speaking
at the 18th Vinitaly Concorso Internationale at Verona, Italy Monday. He
expressed happiness that India would be the first Asian country to become
the member without becoming an observer.
\”India is one of the
wine key markets of the 21st century and that it is fundamental that India
can participate actively in the international normative process as a plenary
OIV Member, both to regulate a sector in rapid development, but also to
secure its consumers and facilitate international trade.
”India has medium sized,
boutique wineries which will benefit a lot from the membership. You have
a country with different cuisines but could be very open to wine culture.
We can do a great job in helping you develop the industry,\” said Castellucci.