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Press release on the Slow Food fair "Market of Good Taste"

Enjoying wine with a clear conscience

Sustainable wines at the Slow Food Fair "Market of Good Taste" in Stuttgart

"Good-clean-fair” is the central motto and the requirement that Slow Food places on food and its production. At the "Market of Good Taste" from 21.-24. April 2022 at the Stuttgart Exhibition Center this year, the term "sustainability" will be added to wine.

dr Nina Wolff, Chairwoman of Slow Food Germany eV: “Slow Food Germany was founded 30 years ago. It is time that we sensitize our visitors to sustainably produced wines. Because viticulture has to make its contribution to climate protection and species protection and reduce plant protection. Fungus-resistant grape varieties have a key function here. We want consumers to get acquainted with these high-quality wines and break down reservations.”

Visitors can embark on a taste experience (for most of them completely new). The German regional group of PIWI International is presenting more than 30 wines from resistant grape varieties in Hall 4 at Stand D100.


April 15, 2022|

Benefit from the PIWI boom - podcast from the art of selling wine with Alexander Morandell

In diesem Interview spricht Diego mit dem derzeitigen Präsidenten von PIWI International und Rebveredler Alexander Morandell über das Vermarktungspotenzial der neuen Rebsorten und ihre ökonomischen und gesellschaftlichen Auswirkungen auf den Weinbau.

April 2, 2022|

PIWI Germany receives sustainability award

Sustainability Award
Fungus-resistant grape varieties excellent
Sustainability award to PIWI Deutschland eV
The 2022 sustainability prize is awarded to the PIWI Deutschland eV association in the viticulture category. When making its decision, the jury of experts from research, consulting and practice examined the applications for their ecological, social and economic contribution to sustainability. Every year, the award goes to products, developments and services that support winegrowers in their sustainable management. The competition is organized by the Association of Former Oppenheimer Fachschulen (VEO), the Service Center for Rural Areas Rheinhessen-Nahe-Hunsrück (Oppenheim) and Rheinhessenwein eV (Alzey).

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April 2, 2022|

The best PIWI in Austria –

Souvignier Gris zählt zu den großen Hoffnungen unter den PIWI-Sorten. © ÖWM / WSNA

Einst sensorisch wenig überzeugende Notlösung im Kampf gegen Pilzkrankheiten und die Reblaus, wurden pilzwiderstandsfähige Rebsorten mit enormem Aufwand weiterentwickelt. Das Ergebnis kann sich sehen lassen, beweist die große Vinaria PIWI-Verkostung.

Die mit knapp siebzig Weinen bestückte Vinaria Verkostung österreichischer Vertreter aus pilzwiderstandsfähigen Sorten bot eine gute Übersicht über die Vielfalt innerhalb dieser Weinkategorie. Es gab einige sehr gute bis ausgezeichnete, dazu eine beachtliche Anzahl an guten bis sehr guten Weinen. Oft war die Jury vom Bukett eines bestimmten Weins angetan, vom Gaumenauftritt dann jedoch enttäuscht. Gerade feine Fruchtnoten aus der Nase landeten selten in ähnlicher Form auf dem Gaumen. Teils mischten sich auch als pflanzliche oder blättrige Noten in das allzu zarte Fruchtspiel ein. Auf dem Gaumen ging es teilweise ein wenig rustikal zu, wofür bei einigen Weinen eine allzu prominente Gerbstoffbegleitung zumindest mitverantwortlich war. Punkto Tiefgang und vor allem Länge besteht bei etlichen Weinen Aufholbedarf.


Quelle:  VINARIA – Heft 1/22

April 2, 2022|

Premium Johanniter in a mini edition - Nicola Biasi from Trentino

It is probably the most expensive wine made from fungus-resistant grape varieties in the world. A bottle of Nicola Biasi's Vin de la Neu costs over €100.
that of the 0.1 hectares in Trentino is rare.

There are apple trees in the Val di Non in Trentino. A lot of apple trees. Nicola Biasi only grows Johanniter on just 0.1 ha at 832 meters above sea level. He fills between 300 and 500 bottles every year. Biasi has been cultivating the PIWIs since 2012. The first harvest of Vin de la Neu was brought in on October 12th, 2013. With his Johanniter, Nicola Biasi proves that top-quality wines can also be made from PIWI grape varieties.

Source: Adriana Cartolano - Wine + Market

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March 28, 2022|

PIWI's of our neighbors: Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland

March 15, 2022|


The first Sana Slow Wine Fair, the international fair for good, clean and fair wine and the first international meeting of the Slow Wine Coalition, will take place in Bologna from Sunday 27th to Tuesday 29th March 2022. The event, organized by the BolognaFiere exhibition center under the artistic direction of Slow Food in collaboration with the FederBio association, was originally scheduled for the end of February: the postponement is intended to ensure that it runs safely and facilitate the participation of national and international professionals in the sector who show great interest in this new event. Winegrowers from all over Italy and abroad come to Bologna: Albania, Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Germany, France, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the USA. A journey around the world with great wines that follow the principles of the Slow Wine Coalition and are inspired by the Slow Food Manifesto for good, clean and fair wine: environmental sustainability, protection of the landscape and the cultural and social role of wineries in their respective regions .

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March 14, 2022|

PIWI Lombardia annuncia il PIWI LOMBARDIA ITALIAN TOUR 2022

PIWI Lombardy announces the PIWI LOMBARDIA ITALIAN TOUR 2022
6th-16th May 2022

Cenate Sopra, March 10, 2022 - PIWI Lombardia, the association of Lombardy producers using resistant grape varieties (PIWI), is pleased to announce the first tour in some of the most important Italian cities to present their wines and some gastronomic delights of the Lombardy region .

PIWI stands for "fungus-resistant vines". These varieties are also known as "super organic" because they allow the highest quality wines to be produced without harming the environment. They allow viticulture that is essentially free of fungicides, thus protecting the people who work in the vineyards, the soil and the end users.

PIWI Lombardy is the only PIWI regional association in the world that has an ecological basis.

The tour consists of seven stations in the cities of Bergamo, Pisa, Florence, Naples, Rome, Modena and Milan, where the same number of personal tastings take place.


March 12, 2022|

New grape varieties are planted due to climate change – GERŠTMAJEROVI VINOGRADI Croatia

Climate change, rising raw material prices, but also the desire to expand the assortment are the main reasons why, probably in the spring of next year, the vineyards of the famous Baranja wine family Gerštmajer will be enriched with some new grape varieties. However, the Graševina will continue to dominate in their vineyards, and the current eight grape varieties will be expanded with two or three new ones. – At the moment we have 13 hectares of vineyards, but some of them are 80 years old. We have already cleared about three hectares, we will do the same with a certain area, so we will get ten hectares of young vineyards, which will contain some new grape varieties – says Ivan Gerštmajer Zelember.

Gerstmaijer Croatia(Photo: IVICA GETTO)


March 11, 2022|

Strategy meeting of the board of PIWI International in Prien am Chiemsee

Prien, Germany, Hotel Luitpold am See

Ten women and men meet over a long weekend to take up the years of intensive work at PIWI International, but also in the regional groups, and to convert it into a strategy paper.

They are long days with intensive exchanges and sometimes controversial discussions, driven by emotions and dictated by needs that are also regionally based. It is worked on and formulated or defined point by point.

PIWI opens up a completely new dimension in viticultural development and grape production.
Where should we develop?
How do you define international and how regional?
How does PIWI communicate internationally with its members, with its groups? On the outside, but especially on the inside?
How do we deal with logo, brand, definitions, formulations?
How do we feel about new breeding methods?
How do we see the viticulture of the future?
How do we measure and communicate regionality, CO2 neutrality, naturalness?

Exciting questions that would not have been possible to answer or develop so extensively if the entire board with our secretary Gisela.Wüstinger and our member Michael Reiter from the Palatinate (formulation of the strategy paper and moderation of the exam) had not already done extensive preparatory work.
In the next few days we will edit the strategy paper and forward it to the regional groups.

A heartfelt “thank you” to everyone involved and to all hard-working and enterprising souls in the regions and countries.
I look forward to the developments in 2022 and the shared achievements.

Stay healthy
your president
Alexander Morandell

March 6, 2022|

Norway wants PIWI wines from Austria

February 24, 2022 – The Norwegian alcohol monopoly is adding Austrian wine made from fungus-resistant grape varieties (PIWI) to its range. The gratifying development that these wines have taken in Austria in recent years is thus receiving further momentum. Austrian PIWI wines also impress with top ratings at international wine awards.

The Norwegian alcohol monopoly Vinmonopolet recently opened its own tender for PIWI wines from Austria. A tender is a separate import quota in Norway's alcohol market, which is strictly regulated by the state. Until the end of March, winemakers from Austria can now submit their PIWI wines made from Cabernet Blanc, Donauriesling or Donauveltliner from the 2021 vintage to Vinmonopolet. The selected wines will be on sale from September.

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March 1, 2022|

PIWIs rock the social networks

PIWI wines are becoming more and more popular and more and more friends of good, sustainable enjoyment are looking for ways to find out about PIWI grape varieties and wines. But where can I get which information? Where can I find out what's new?
The first step in doing this is certainly opting for the Newsletter Sign up from PIWI International and the second is on our channels Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to follow!
... of course, only a small selection of the highlights can be found here.

Wouldn't it be a shame if you missed out on all the exciting promotions and information from our dedicated members?


March 1, 2022|
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