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PIWI Austria

Chairman PIWI Austria

Wolfgang Renner (2)

Ing. Oen. Wolfgang Renner
Department 10
Test station for fruit and winegrowing HAIDEGG
Ragnitzstrasse 193
8047 Graz

Tel .: +43 (0) 316/877 - 6614
wolfgang.renner@stmk.gv.at
www.haidegg.at

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PIWIS as a quality and varietal wine in Austria

PIWI grape varieties that can be marketed as quality wine:

  • Flower muscatel
  • Muscaris
  • Rathay
  • Roesler
  • Souvignier gris

PIWI grape varieties that may be placed on the market as grape variety wine *:

  • Bronner
  • Cabernet Blanc
  • Cabernet Jura
  • Donauriesling
  • Donauveltliner
  • Johanniter
  • Pinot Nova
  • regent

* with the name of the variety and the vintage, but without a closer geographical origin (Austria only)

Latest News

Is the market ready?

NEW GRAPE VARIETIES
The marketing of PIWI wine is characterized by various challenges.

Text: Christoph Kiefer, M.Sc. and Prof. Dr. Gergely Szolnoki, Hochschule Geisenheim University

Mushroom-resistant (PIWI) grape varieties are the next logical step towards sustainable cultivation within organic viticulture. Although PIWI grape varieties achieve economic and ecological advantages for winegrowers, fewer than three percent of German vineyards are planted with them. Other wine-growing countries such as France and Italy are registering increasing breeding successes, but the proportion of PIWIs in these countries is also at a low level. This mainly results from the lack of market acceptance by the consumer. Customer acceptance of these innovative grape varieties remains low despite the increased demand for sustainable food.

Within the VitiFIT, the team from Geisenheim examines the complete value chain of PIWI wines in order to better understand the attitudes and needs of producers, marketers and consumers. Based on this, a communication strategy is to be developed at the end of the project in order to establish PIWIs on the market in the long term.

This article analyzes the current market acceptance.

Source: Deutscher Weinbau 25-26 / 2020

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January 20, 2021|

PIWIS in the 2020 vegetation year by Wolfgang Renner - Austria

In the 2020 wine year, every seventh graft vine produced in Styria was fungus-resistant
Grape variety. But how do these innovative varieties come with the yearly
cope with more fluctuating weather conditions? Current experiences from the
Experimental cultivation is shown here in a compressed form.
Likewise, the assessments of the fungal attack per grape variety on July 8th and September 3rd

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January 13, 2021|

International PIWI Wine Award 2020 - the results are online!

413 Piwi wines from 15 countries were put to the test on the three tasting days from November 13th to 15th. A total of 42 great gold, 175 gold, 161 silver and 29 recommendations were awarded. 27 PAR ensured the usual quality and traceability of the results® Certified Master Tasters throughout Germany *), supported by the established digital infrastructure of WINE System AG.

Results 2020

20th November 2020|

PIWI Harvest 2020 - Germany

This year's PiWi grape harvest is almost completely over in many European countries. We asked our regional contact persons and vintners at PIWI International about the challenges of this year's harvest and the 2020 vintage and give you an insight into the different countries, today from Germany
Katja and Ansgar Galler from Galler winery: “The harvest in the Palatinate ended earlier than ever in 2020. A hot spell in the middle of September with temperatures above 30 ° C meant that we took a final spurt and brought our last grapes home on September 30th. All grape varieties could use the sun's rays until the end and then be brought to the cellar in top health with high quality. You can already look forward to the delicious drops !! "
Anja Gemmrich from Gemmrich Winery & Distillery: “An exciting year & an exciting autumn. After a night of frost in late spring and the hot summer, we have an estimated 65 % less yield than in other years. In some locations we even had over 70 % failures, especially the location of our white Piwis was unfortunately hit hard. Nevertheless we are happy about the little autumn. In summer temperatures we started the harvest and were happy every day about beautiful, loose picture book grapes, with great qualities. That is why we are already looking forward to the aromatic and fruity wines that 2020 has produced. "

Many thanks to @weingutgaller and @weingut_edelbrennerei_gemmrich for these exciting insights!

 Ansgar Galler at the PiWi harvest 2020
Vintage 2020-Ansgar Galler
October 22, 2020|

PIWI Harvest 2020 - Austria

This year's PiWi vintage is drawing to a close in many European countries. We asked our regional contacts and winemakers at PIWI International about the challenges of this year's harvest and the 2020 vintage and will give you an insight into the different countries in the coming days.
Wolfgang Renner, PIWI Austria reported to us: “The PIWI harvest in Austria is almost complete. The producers are satisfied, the quantities are slightly lower than in the 2 previous years, the quality is good to very good. The sugar concentrations are somewhat lower and the acid values are somewhat higher than in previous years. We expect great fresh, fruity white wines and elegant, balanced red wines. In the southern cultivation regions (Carinthia, Styria), the very high downy mildew pressure and the increased incidence of black rot were the special challenges in 2020. "
Christian Waltl from the Jungweingarten Waltl in Klagenfurt reported the following to us: “After a very rainy season in the south of Austria, the late harvest was very different from region to region. Unfortunately, the cherry vinegar fly has now also spread in Carinthia and especially damaged the Cabernet Jura and Pinotin. The Cabernet Cortis, Souvignier gris and Muscaris, on the other hand, held up well. "
Image rights: Christian Waltl, Klagenfurt, 2020
Wolfgang Renner, PIWI Austria, 2020 Pinot Nova and Sauvignac.
October 21, 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!

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August 11, 2020|

Austrian PIWI wine competition "New / Innovative varieties 2020"

Piwi Award 2020 Austria
Conditions of participation

A PIWI wine competition is taking place in Austria for the second time. The tasting will take place on August 6, 2020 at the Haidegg experimental station.

  •  All PIWI grape varieties are permitted, as are cuvées made from PIWI grape varieties.
  •  All classic white and rosé wines are restricted to the 2018 and 2019 vintages. Only wines from Austria are allowed.
  •  All styles are possible (please mark). All wines will be tasted, winners will only be awarded in those categories in which at least 10 wines have been submitted. Companies with category winners must provide PIWI Austria with 6 bottles for presentation purposes free of charge.

    Submission deadline: Registration for participation takes place using a form that can be downloaded from the PIWI-International homepage (under "PIWI Regional"): https: // piwi- international.de/piwi-regional/oesterreich/. The registration form must either be sent to wolfgang.renner@stmk.gv.at or enclosed with the wines. 3 bottles per wine must be in the

    Experimental station Haidegg, Ragnitzstrasse 193, 8047 Graz

    have arrived.

    Cost: € 25 per wine for members of PIWI Austria or PIWI International, € 50 per wine for non-members. The participation fee must be paid into the account of PIWI Austria no later than August 4, 2020 under the "PIWI Wine Award Austria" purpose. If this is not the case, the wine will be excluded from the evaluation.

    Bank details PIWI Austria: IBAN: AT48 3813 3000 0160 2713, BIC: RZSTAT2G133

    The tasting is done with a trained panel according to the 20-point scheme. Certificates are issued for excellent wines, plaques for the categories "Category Winner", "Gold" and "Silver" can be purchased from PIWI Austria.

Registration form for the Austrian PIWI Wine Prize 2020
June 8, 2020|

PIWI - straw fire or sustainable concept

Interest in mushroom-resistant grape varieties (PIWI) is still high and vine production is booming. The first successes are seen in the sale of some interesting varieties. But can this concept be of sustainable existence?

by Ing. Wolfgang Renner, Trial station fruit and wine growing Haidegg

Read Article (PDF, 3.7 MB)

Article published in FRUIT - WINE - GARDEN, Issue 1/2020

PIWI finishing Austria

Share of PIWI refinements

March 1, 2020|

PIWI workshop with the Sommelier Association Vorarlberg

With the question "PIWIS - The quality wines of the future" a workshop of the Vorarlberg Sommelier Association was held on January 19 in Feldkirch.

As a speaker, Wolfgang Renner, wine officer at the test station Haidegg in the state of Styria and chairman of PIWI Austria, explained the why, what and how of PIWI in a very practical way.

The seminar was supplemented with numerous PIWI wine tasting highest quality from Austria and Germany.

Then the "PIWI marketplace" the opportunity to get to know the wines of regional winemakers on a walk-around tasting.

PIWI Workshop Feldkirch 2020 (1)
January 25, 2020|
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