The newly elected Director General of the Organisation of Vine and Wine takes up his role on 1 January 2024, 100 years after the organisation began. We ask Dr John Barker about a career that has married his love of law and of wine, and about the significance of having a New Zealander at the helm of the OIV.
"The leadership and collaboration that the OIV provides are needed today more than ever to help member countries to master the challenges and profit from the opportunities facing the vine and wine sector today."
The New Zealander, who began his five-year term on 1 January, emphasised the important link between wine and vine products and the land, the climate and the people of their place of origin.
He noted the OIV's commitment to the integrity and authenticity of all products of the vine, as well as to responsible and moderate consumption.