The National Institute of Vine and Wine inaugurated its official headquarters in Hazmieh, Beirut, in the presence of Eng. Louis Lahoud, director general of the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture; Dany Gedeon, director general of the Lebanese Ministry of Industry; Zafer Chaoui , chairman of the board of directors of the National Institute for Vine and Wine; Mounir Al-Bassat, president of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists; Salim Al-Zayni , president of the Syndicate of Food Industry Owners; George Nasrawi, dean of Lebanese Food Industries, as well as affluent members of the Lebanese community, board members and ambassadors.
In his speech, Chaoui gave an overview of the establishment of the National Institute of Vine and Wine and summarized its objectives within the strategic action plan for the years 2022-2024. Gedeon detailed the role of the Ministry of Industry within the wine sector, praising the efforts of wine producers for their high-quality wines and competitiveness. He also thanked farmers for their dedication and efforts to uphold food security standards and invited all the entities to work together for the development and success of the sector.
Lahoud emphasized the strong ties between the Ministry of Agriculture and the wine sector, and he detailed the ministry’s constant support through controlling the quality of wine production, organizing conferences and opening new markets, which in return increase productivity and job opportunities. He also mentioned the ministry’s joint wine tourism initiative with the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism, which culminated with the establishment of the National Institute of Vine and Wine (INVV).
The purpose of INVV is to:
• Study and propose ways to develop the vine and wine sectors in Lebanon and improve their quality and specifications;
• Study the influence and effect of terroir on the various kinds of vines;
• Supervise the implementation of geographical, qualitative, and numerical vine criteria in cooperation with other entities (the Ministry of Agriculture’s directorate of studies and coordination, the Agricultural Research Institute and the Institute of Industrial Research)
• Identify specific geographic areas of wine production (AOC) and production conditions;
• Establish rules for wine classification and certification;
• Propose regulations for wine production and sale (import-export);
• Develop marketing policies for the local and international markets;
• Deliver comprehensive guidelines and support for the Lebanese wine industry and vine sector
• Create specialized tasting centers.
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