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New president for the OIV Award Jury

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We are pleased to introduce Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre An historian, medievalist, and specialist in the history of wine: here's the new President of the OIV Award Jury.

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Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre

On 5 April 2019, the OIV Scientific and Technical Committee appointed the historian, medievalist, and specialist in the history of wine to the position of President of the International OIV Award Jury.

Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre is the first woman to be appointed to this position since the creation of the OIV Awards in 1930.

2015 OIV Award ceremony

The new President of the OIV Award Jury received her PhD in history from Yale and has been conferred degrees in no fewer than four disciplines, namely art history, archaeology, literature, and history.

Her thesis focused on medical literature and natural philosophy from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries.

Apart from her studies in history, the author has developed her critical mindset thanks to her multidisciplinary educational background in art history and Anglo-American literature.

Her innovative style when it comes to wine is entirely unique: she draws attention to the harmony between wine, art, music, emotion and feelings.

Through her historiographical and cultural approach, she strives to promote renewal in the taxonomy of wine, going beyond conventional frameworks.

This interdisciplinarity brings a unique dimension to the wine history classes and lectures/wine-tastings she delivers worldwide.

A visiting professor at Sciences Po (Paris, Summer School), she was entrusted with the task of setting up the ‘Sciences Po Wine School’.

The several years she spent teaching at the Hospitality Management School of Lausanne (EHL) and at the Changins School of Oenology Engineering provided her with the opportunity to develop her knowledge of Swiss wines.

She is a wine judge and taster for a number of competitions.

Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre has received two OIV Awards (2013 and 2015) and an OIV Special Mention (2017).

2013 OIV Award in History, Literature and Fine Arts with:

Florilège de Discours savants sur le Vin – Ecrire le Vin d'Homère à Rabelais

2015 OIV Award in Wine and Health with:

The Physician, the Drinker, and the Drunk – Wine’s Uses and Abuses in Late Medieval Natural Philosophy

2017 OIV Special Mention in Literature with:

Le vin, entre nature & culture



President: Ms Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre / France
1st Vice-President: Ms Christiane Blum / Luxembourg
2nd Vice-President: Mr Luís Carlos Ferreira Peres De Sousa / Portugal
Scientific Secretary: Mr Jean-Luc Berger (until October 2019) / France
President of the OIV: Ms Regina Vanderlinde / OIV (Brazil)
Director General of the OIV: Mr Pau Roca / OIV (Spain)
Vice-Presidents of OIV Commissions and Sub-Commissions
Mr Benjamin Bois / Viticulture / France
Mr Luigi Moio / Oenology / Italy
Mr Tony Battaglene / Economy and Law / Australia
Ms Nuria García Tejedor / Safety and Health / Spain
Mr Luís Carlos Ferreira Peres De Sousa / Table grapes, raisins and unfermented vine products / Portugal
Mr Ondřej Mikeš / Methods of analysis / Czech Republic

Former OIV Presidents (guest jury members)
Ms Monika Christmann / Germany
Ms Claudia Quini / Argentina
Mr Yves Bénard / France
Mr Peter Hayes / Australia
Mr Reiner Wittkowski / Germany

Find out more about the OIV Awards