About Us

The International Wine Technical Summit (Summit) is a collaborative group of government and industry representatives who have an understanding of the technical issues surrounding wine production and trade.

The purpose of the Summit is to share best practices, and exchange ideas and experiences while fostering a collaborative environment in which to discuss:

  • Sound science in wine regulation and enforcement, and 
  • Trade issues of a technical or scientific nature. 

Background 

The first Summit took place in 2013. It grew out of an annual technical meeting started in 2010 between U.S. Government and industry participants. Both groups shared a mutual interest in promoting sound science in wine trade. It was soon recognized that the subjects being discussed also had value in the international arena. Accordingly, an annual series of international fora began to be held, in which subject matter experts from around the world could get together to discuss issues such as new and fit-for-purpose analytical methods, compliance testing and enforcement, quality laboratory results, relationships and collaboration between government and industry scientists, and trade barriers of a scientific or technical nature.

Scope 

The Summit focuses on the use of science in the development of regulatory and enforcement systems that impact wine trade. It endeavors to stimulate possible collaborative efforts among technical experts in areas such as: Analytical method development, method performance, and laboratory quality; Technical or science-related trade issues; and Science-based policies for regulatory compliance and enforcement testing of wine. Engagement on these issues continues throughout the year via the Summit’s working groups. The Summit and working groups’ deliberations are shared with other organizations, such as the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum (WRF).

Organization 

The Summit is an informal and open gathering of government and industry wine technical experts and other stakeholders from around the world.