At a meeting at the OIV headquarters with H.E. Mr Bernardino Regazzoni, Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation in France, the Director General of the OIV recalled Switzerland's strong commitment and outstanding expertise as a member of the OIV, particularly from the School of Engineering at Changins.
H.E. Mr Regazzoni expressed his satisfaction with this level of involvement, which is testament to the revival of Swiss viticulture, whose international success is helping to promote the country's vineyards. Made up of unique landscapes, some of these have been recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites – such as the Lavaux terraces.
In affirming his country's support of the OIV, the Swiss Ambassador also recalled that, every 25 years, Switzerland has hosted a globally unique Winegrowers' Festival in Vevey that celebrates the work in the vine and wine field. Mr Aurand pointed out that this festival also played host to the OIV Congress in 1955 and 1977, and expressed his wish for a repeat of this in 2019, at the next festival.