The International Organization for Vine and Wine (OIV) is an intergovernmental organization with recognized competence in the vine and wine sector, which now unites 47 countries. The OIV has replaced the International Department of Vine and Wine and could therefore be colloquially referred to as the World Wine Authority.
The OIV granted patronage to only 27 wine competitions worldwide in 2019. This patronage is considered one of the highest recognition for a wine contest. After years of monitoring, all member states will vote on whether a certain competition receives the patronage or not. And only a unanimous result leads to the desired patronage. The special feature is that the patronage always applies only for one year and must be renewed individually, for each competition.
All Wine Trophies of the DWM are not only under the patronage of the OIV but also under the auspices of the International Union of Oenologists (UIOE) and notary supervision. The DWM wine challenges are, therefore, considered to be among the most strictly controlled wine competitions worldwide. With 3 international wine contests, the DWM is the largest wine event organizer within the scope of the OIV competitions. Achieving this is only possible with consistent adherence to the strict rules of the OIV, excellent objective wine experts, and permanent further development of the quality controls.