In this mini-series of articles, ARENI meets with Fine Wine collectors from all over the world.
Oliver Dixon is Head of Fine Wine at MMI (Maritime and Mercantile International), a subsidiary of Emirates Group. Headquartered in Dubai, it is the number one beverage distributor in UAE and Oman, supplies duty free retailers and has 17 retail stores. He spoke with ARENI and shares his insights on the local Fine Wine market and his consumers profiles.
ARENI invited Geisenheim University’s Professor Monika Christmann, the current vice president of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) and Dr Ignacio Sanchez Recarte, the secretary general of Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV – European Committee for Wine Companies), to a discussion about wine labelling, and about upcoming World Health Organisation (WHO) proposals around alcohol, and what they mean for wine.
We meet Véronique Pardo, food anthropologist and director of France’s Observatoire des habitudes alimentaires (Eating Habits Observatory). We discussed with her the values that eaters hold today and how the current crisis has changed some of the foundations of our food systems, and of course, what it means for Fine Wine.
Collective models have defined wine production for decades. In every winemaking country, producers have come together in local, regional and national enterprises to share a common vision for quality, process and promotion. Wine people came together because they had to, and because joining forces was the best way to survive and answer particular needs.
Now, faced with a new crisis, can collective models still facilitate our short- and long-term needs?
The world of wine is not just complex, it can be baffling and difficult to enter. There are many and diverse barriers to entry – recent weeks have shown just how high those barriers remain. Given this, how can we share knowledge and the access to the people, places and wines needed to build a career?