The International Organization of Vine and Wine has validated this Monday, October 25 in general assembly the place that will host its future headquarters. The Bouchu d’Esterno mansion in Dijon (Côte-d’Or) was chosen.
It’s done now. Dijon, which was strongly expected to host the future headquarters of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), was formally chosen this Monday, October 25 during an exceptional general assembly. The meeting took place in the Salle des Etats within the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. 44 of the 48 OIV member states were represented on Monday. They voted unanimously for Dijon.
The city-prefecture of Côte-d’Or had been chosen by the French government to the detriment of Bordeaux and Reims. Representatives of the OIV came to the site that will host their future headquarters, the Bouchu d’Esterno mansion on rue Monge in Dijon, on September 10. All that was missing was the green light from the organization itself.
“Dijon is tonight becoming the world capital of wine”, Satisfied François Rebsamen, the PS mayor of Dijon, on our antenna. “This is a very historic moment for the city which is reconquering an image it had lost. Today we have the satisfaction of knowing that such an important international organization is going to settle in Dijon, thus contributing to the influence and attractiveness of our city. It is nearly a thousand researchers who work every year at the OIV “, he added.
The headquarters of the OIV have been located in Paris since its creation in 1924, but its offices have become too small. The installation in Dijon must coincide with the centenary of the organization.
Hotel d’Esterno, 17th century buildinge century chosen for the new headquarters, will undergo work for a total amount of 11.5 million euros. The project was unanimously validated during the Dijon city council on September 25th.
The hotel is located a few hundred meters from the future City of Gastronomy and Wine, which is due to open next April. The OIV is an intergovernmental body of a scientific and technical nature with recognized competence in the field of vine and wine.
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