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For the benefit of nature and the winemaker

In Buchheim, experts will discuss the advantages and marketing of fungus-resistant grape varieties / cuvées as an opportunity

Friedline Gurr-Hirsch, State Secretary in the Ministry for Rural Areas, discussed Piwis with wine professionals at the Marcher Schill-Hof
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Less crop protection, less work: Despite many advantages, “Piwis”, ie fungus-resistant grape varieties, still lead a niche existence. Winegrowers from the Freiburg region want to change that.

Plant protection in the country is to be reduced by 2030

At the end of the tasting, State Secretary Gurr-Hirsch stated that the Piwis actually fit perfectly into the country's self-set goal of significantly reducing plant protection by 2030. Unfortunately, the area planted with them is still very manageable, although the new varieties have been an issue for a long time. But with climate change, they came back into focus. Gurr-Hirsch, who was German Wine Queen in 1976/77, also sees opportunities for Piwis in the changed drinking behavior of the younger generation in particular and the current mood of consumers towards more regionality.

But now it is important to convince the consumers, but also the cellar masters of the large cooperatives, of the advantages. With the additional benefits of the more robust varieties, the feeling of doing something good and enjoying high-quality wine, this could be achieved, says the member of the state parliament. For this, among other things, thinking in terms of single-origin marketing would have to be overcome - those present agreed on this.

Source: Badische Zeitung by Mario Schöneberg

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22nd September 2020|


Article from FALSTAFF September 2020 with great results from the PIWI Trophy from our members - Congratulations!

Viticulture without pesticides? What sounds like a pipe dream could now become a reality. Thanks to new grape varieties that are immune to fungi and still make good wines. A big step towards sustainable viticulture.

Source: Falstaff, authors Dominik Vombach, Peter Moser, Ulrich Sautter

Edition Austria
Edition Germany
September 2, 2020|

Fungus-resistant grape varieties - the new PIWI book

Caring for vines organically, enjoying pure natural wine - the PIWI book    PIWI Book Strasser Cover
  • Big on the rise: ecological viticulture with fungus-resistant grape varieties (PIWI varieties).
  • The book by PIWI pioneers Fredi Strasser and Franziska Löpfke, Willimann Jürg (photographer)

ISBN: 978-3-258-08187-8

"I don't want to spray my vines!" This idea has driven the Swiss agronomist and organic pioneer Fredi Strasser since his youth. Thanks to the rediscovery of fungus-resistant grape varieties (PIWI varieties), his dream has become a reality: With his family, he has built a successful biodynamic wine-growing business with resistant grape varieties in Oberstammheim, Zurich, for decades. He explains his rich practical and technical knowledge here in easily understandable language for those interested in viticulture and experts. He describes a new way to natural viticulture, to good PIWI wine and how nature and biodiversity can be found alongside commercial operations.

1st edition 2020
248 pages, around 260 photos
hardcover, 15.5 x 22.5 cm, 709 g
Haupt Verlag
CHF 39.00 (RRP) / EUR 34.00 (D) / EUR 35.00 (A)

The book is available in bookshops or directly from the publisher.   
Only bulk orders directly from Fredi Strasser or via PIWI International. Please do not order single copies from PIWI International.

Report in the Andelfinger Zeitung
August 31, 2020|

Freiburg Grape Variety and Clone Day on September 3rd, 2020

on the Blankenhornsberg in Ihringen.
The process will be as follows:

9:00 a.m. Guided tour of the facilities with:
- fungus-resistant white and red wine varieties
- Minimal cut system
- Cloning of standard grape varieties
- Viticultural experiments: - Working under the vines

- Canopy management 12:00 noon small snack (butter pretzels)

1:00 p.m. open wine tasting on the topics from the morning (schedule depends on the corona situation)


Please register by August 31, 2020
August 25, 2020|

Wine competition "Best of Freiburg Piwis 2020"

The wines that took part in the 10th “Best of Freiburg Piwis” competition on July 7th, 2020 at the Freiburg State Viticulture Institute (WBI) were of a high standard. The term "Piwis" stands for fungus-resistant grape varieties. The three most highly rated wines were awarded in various categories.

A total of 64 wine-growing companies from Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland had entered a total of 181 wines, sparkling wines and seccos. An expert jury determined the best among them in 14 categories with blind tastings. The results were sometimes surprising: several companies from the Netherlands impressed with their high quality wines. A number of wineries from the Baden region were able to confirm their good results in the earlier “Best of Freiburg Piwis” competitions. Overall, it was shown that the wines presented are of a pleasingly high quality level, with which further customer groups can be successfully addressed.

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All wines with ranking
17th August 2020|

PIWI AT: New / innovative grape varieties 2020 - 30 percent more submissions

Graz, August 2020

With an increase in the number of entries by exactly 32% compared to the previous year, the success story of the Austrian wine competition for PIWI varieties continues! Chairman Wolfgang Renner is convinced: "PIWIS can no longer be stopped"!

PIWI AT Wine Award 2020 bottles©Spandl

For the second time the association “PIWI Austria” organized the wine competition “New / innovative grape varieties” for Austrian wines made from fungus-resistant grape varieties. This year there were already an astonishing 146 wines from 64 different companies. As in the previous year, most of the wines came from Styria, which traditionally and climate-related has a larger PIWI area than the other wine-growing federal states. This time, however, the participants from the federal state of Lower Austria made a strong performance. More than a third of all wines submitted came from there and six out of ten categories were won!


August 11, 2020|

Invitation grape variety days 25.08.-02.09.2020 Rebschule Freytag

Freytag grape variety days

Despite the special circumstances in this extraordinary year, we would like to hold our information event on the subject of variety of grape varieties again. The event will be held on August 25th to September 2nd, 2020 occur.

We would like to invite you to visit, taste and have good conversations!

In order to get to know the grape varieties and clones, we will arrange field visits in small groups. Afterwards you will be able to convince yourself of the taste of the new varieties during a wine tasting - with a sufficient distance between them.


July 27, 2020|

Biodiversity hike and 1st general meeting PIWI CH

President Roland Renz
The PIWIs are coming ...

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, almost 60 people met at the Roland organic wine estate and Karin Lenz on the Iselisberg in Uesslingen. The PIWI CH association, founded in December 19, invited to the first general meeting.

In beautiful summer weather, those present set off on a hike through the vineyards of Uesslingen in the lower Thur Valley (TG). Various stops were made on the way. The enthusiastic organic and PIWI winemaker Roland Lenz (two-time organic winemaker in Switzerland) drew attention to the different vineyards and types of viticulture. In an organic farm, a lot of flowers and herbs, sometimes shrubs, grow between the rows to offer beneficial species a home. FIBL's Bea Steinemann reports on the latest attempts to optimize the seed mix between the rows of vines. The hikers also become aware of the differences between European vines and the newly cultivated PIWI varieties (PIWI stands for fungus-resistant and means “robust in cultivation”, ie little to no spraying against pests and diseases has to be carried out). Of particular interest were the references to missing rows of vines in favor of shrubs, the distance to the next trees or the additional insect hotels, all to promote biodiversity.

Back at the Lenz winery, the hikers were happy about the water break before the actual general meeting began. The PIWI CH association was founded last December as a regional section of the PIWI International umbrella organization. The association's goal is to promote PIWI grape varieties in breeding, cultivation, marketing and enjoyment. The association's activities such as participation in the Agrovina or a planned wine and dine in the well-known Hiltl restaurant in Zurich serve exclusively with PIWI wines with certain new taste experiences. The association also publishes the "PIWI WEIN ZEIT" brochure. The readers are connoisseurs and interested individuals, restaurateurs, traders, winegrowers, breeders and journalists. The first edition of March this year was one of the highlights in President Roland Lenz's activity report for the first half of the year. The meeting was characterized by many votes from the members who participate with commitment in the association.

After the official part, the attendees were able to taste and discuss over 40 different pure PIWI wines. These include various new varieties that only have breeding names, such as VB CAL 1-28 or VB CAL 32-7.

Media contact:

President Roland Lenz
Organic winery Roland and Karin Lenz, Iselisberg, Uesslingen / +41 52 746 13 86

Daniel Schwarz


Board PIWI CH at the general meeting

July 6, 2020|

The Registration for the 10th International PIWI Wine Award has begun   

Press release from WINE System AGPIWI big gold medal

A quality competition for the fungus-resistant grapes - Virtual PAR®- Tasting from November 14th to 16th, 2020
Registration Deadline October 23rd, 2020

Frasdorf, July 2020 - After WINE System AG launched the PAR with the international organic wine price 2020 for the first time®- The organizers, on behalf of PIWI International eV, have now successfully started the tasting in the virtual room, the starting signal for the first online tasting*) in the history of the International PIWI Wine Award. The registration phase for the anniversary edition of the established quality competition has thus begun. The decision to use this virtual format was made regarding the uncertainty about the further course of the corona pandemic and due to the consistently positive experiences at the premiere in May. Wines made from fungus-resistant grapes are admitted to the competition. Registration closes on October 23, 2020.

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July 1, 2020|

The PIWI Sauvitage variety is approved.

Since April 28, 2020, the mushroom-resistant grape variety Sauvitage has been approved by the Federal Plant Variety Office under seed law. This variety is therefore also approved for the production of quality wine in all growing areas in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Source: The German Wine Magazine 6/2020

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June 17, 2020|

Best of Freiburg Piwi 2020

FreiburgerPIWIThe "Best of Freiburg Piwi" event will also take place this year. However, due to the corona pandemic, in a slightly different form as usual.
The public tasting and the official announcement of the placement of the wines must be dropped.

The selected wines will be tasted and evaluated objectively by a selected jury on July 7th, 2020.

Registration by June 22nd - Wine delivery by June 26th, 2020

State Wine Institute Freiburg

Registration.pdf (288 kB)
June 16, 2020|

Strong PIWI Wines: medal blessing at the spring tasting at the International Organic Wine Award 2020

The traditionally fermented in wooden barrel stands at 99 points each 2018 FEODORA Sauvignac from the winery Galler from the Palatinate at the top! Out of 51 PIWI wines, 8 received gold, 22 gold and 19 silver. You can find the complete results on the website

GrossesGold organic wine price2020


The world's first PAR with 648 organic wines
®- Tasting in virtual space - including 51 wines made from vine-resistant grape varieties

Frasdorf, May 2020 - Like the current daily life, the first of two tastings at the international organic wine price 2020 was influenced by the corona pandemic: It took place in strict compliance with the PAR®-Standards and with the help of 28 tasters throughout Germany, entirely in virtual space. An organizational challenge*)thanks to the experience of PAR® Certified Master tasters and the established digital infrastructure of WINE System AG, were mastered in the usual quality. The winemakers from all over the world, who did not want to do without the quality competition even in these difficult times, trusted in this. So the PAR®-Jury tasting 648 wines from 18 countries. The number of PIWI wines submitted, with 51 items from six countries, fell slightly as a percentage due to Corona; however, the results are also remarkable this year. Eight out of a total of 58 Grand Gold medals go to organic wines that are made from mushroom-resistant grape varieties.


May 21, 2020|
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