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The PIWI Germany association

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headquarters of the association  PIWI Germany registered association
Andreas Dilger, Urachstrasse 3, 79102 Freiburg i.Br.
E-mail: kontakt@piwi-deutschland.de

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PIWI is developing into a quality mark - PIWI Wine Challenge 2022

High level at the PIWI International Wine Challenge 2022

President Alexander Morandell Wine Queen Katrin Lang-Georg Börsig

Gone are the days when PIWI vines were grown primarily for environmental reasons. There are now many very good wines made from PIWI varieties, as well as numerous internationally committed winegrowers who can draw on a lot of experience with PIWIs both in viticulture and in winemaking and who bottle the best wines, which the PIWI International Wine Challenge 2022 has fully confirmed . Two thirds of the wines received SILVER or GOLD, even TOP GOLD. The high quality was generally confirmed by the visitors at the subsequent public tasting, for which all the wines were presented according to the blind evaluation. The PIWI mark, which PIWI members are allowed to put on the labels of their wines, can be considered something of a quality mark. And so PIWI wines bring environmental protection and enjoying good wines together and can be considered an important future of wine.

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November 2, 2022|

Katrin Lang visits PIWI International Wine Challenge

Source: German Wine Queen – News

26.10.2022

"The German wine nation has been dealing with the topic of PIWIs and sustainable viticulture for several years: Wine producers are also planting more and more robust grape varieties at an international level," said German Wine Queen Katrin Lang during her visit to the PIWI International Wine Challenge 2022 in Kappelrodeck-Waldulm.

The PIWI International working group has launched a competition for the first time: At the PIWI International Wine Challenge 2022, a total of over 180 wines from Germany and the surrounding wine-growing nations were entered and evaluated in five categories by a specialist jury.

To the results of the top winners

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October 27, 2022|

The country needs new grape varieties...

Source: Tagesschau - MITTENDRIN - viticulture and climate change

Status: 09/22/2022 4:30 p.m

Long periods of drought, extreme heat and heavy rainfall: climate change and its consequences pose major challenges for winegrowers in the Rheingau. Traditional grape varieties in particular are suffering from the extreme weather.

By Jakob Schaumann, HR

Excerpt from the article ….

Save Riesling from extinction

Since 2014, the Geisenheim University of Applied Sciences has been researching what the future of viticulture could look like with a project that is unique in the world. With the FACE experiment, the researchers venture a glimpse into the atmospheric future. The expected CO2 concentration of 2050 is simulated by the targeted addition of around 20 percent carbon dioxide.

Two varieties are examined: the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is more familiar from warmer climes, and the Riesling, which is typical of the Rheingau. "Of course we are interested in how the wine will be in 2050, but above all: How will the plant react?" says Hans Reiner Schultz, President of the university. It is about the water consumption and the structure of the fruit, because the more compact a fruit is, the more susceptible it is to rot.

It is already apparent today that this could become a problem for Riesling. The increased CO2 concentration leads to increased photosynthesis and stronger berry growth; this makes the Riesling vines more compact and therefore more susceptible to mold growth. To ensure that the Riesling does not die out in the Rheingau, the University breeds Riesling vines that can cope better with climate change and have looser berry growth overall.

September 23, 2022|

piwi-boerse.de – the fastest way to new grape varieties!

The current sustainability debate has given the PIWI topic new impetus and increased demand for new varieties.
DLR-Rheinpfalz, together with the German Winegrowers' Association and PIWI Germany, developed the "piwi-boerse.de" platform as an experiment so that you, as a winegrower, can quickly and easily gain your own experience in growing new grape varieties (PIWIs). .

With the exchange you have the opportunity to buy (or sell) small quantities of wine grapes or must from new grape varieties and to try out and experiment with vinification.

The PIWI Exchange is initially scheduled for one year.

Contact:
DLR Rheinpfalz
dr Charlotte Hardt
Charlotte.Hardt@dlr.rlp.de

September 1, 2022|

Approval of new PIWI varieties in Palatinate

In the Official Journal of the EU C 272 of July 15, 2022, the EC notification 2022/C 2272/05 was published on newly approved varieties for quality wine and wine with a predicate in the Palatinate wine-growing region. The maximum yield per hectare is set at 105 hectolitres. Of the more than 30 new varieties, almost ½ belong to PIWI varieties. The white PIWI varieties are Bronner, Cabernet blanc, Hibernal, Muscaris, Sauvitage, Souvignier gris and Villaris. The blue PIWI varieties are Baron, Cabernet Cantor, Cabertin, Calandro, Pinotin, Piroso and Reberger. In addition to the German varieties, there are also some Swiss varieties.

Previously it was already possible to choose from two dozen PIWI varieties such as Johanniter, Juwel, Orion, Phoenix, Prinzipal, Saphira, Sirius, Solaris, Staufer, Accent, Allegro, Bolero, Cabernet Carbon, Cabernet Carol, Cabernet Cortis, Prior, Regent and Rondo, i.e. exclusively from Germany, to win wine with a geographical designation of origin (PDO).

Official Journal of the EU C 272 of July 15, 2022, Jiří Sedlo

 

July 26, 2022|

Approval of new PIWI varieties in Rheinhessen

In the Official Journal of the EU C 265 of July 11, 2022, the EC notification 2022/C 265/08 was published on newly approved varieties for quality wine and wine with a predicate in the Rheinhessen wine-growing region. The maximum yield per hectare is set at 105 hectolitres. With a few exceptions, the more than 20 new varieties are PIWI varieties. The white PIWI varieties are Cabernet blanc, Calardis blanc, Felicia, Muscaris, Sauvitage, Souvignier gris and Villaris. The blue PIWI varieties are Accent, Allegro, Baron, Cabernet Cantor, Cabernet Carol, Cabertin, Calandro, Pinotin, Piroso and Reberger. In addition to the German varieties, there are also some Swiss varieties.

Previously it was already possible to choose from two dozen PIWI varieties such as Bronner, Helios, Hibernal, Johanniter, Juwel, Merzling, Phoenix, Prinzipal, Saphira, Sirius, Solaris, Staufer, Bolero, Cabernet Carbon, Cabernet Cortis, Monarch, Prior, Regent , Rondo and Rotberger, i.e. exclusively from Germany, to win wine with a geographical designation of origin PDO.

Official Journal of the EU C 265 of July 11, 2022, Jiří Sedlo

July 22, 2022|

Many milestones have been reached - the VITIFTI joint project has now been running for almost three years.

VITIFIT – Status quo in the third year of the project

The joint project VITIFTI has now been running for almost three years. The focus is on the pathogen of downy mildew, Plasmopara viticola. In the Freilandsaion 202, more demo wineries are to be integrated. The review of innovative approaches to copper minimization is one of the core elements of the VITIFIT project. Prof. Dr. Beate Berkelmann-Löhnertz and Dipl-Ing. Stefan Klarner, Hochschule Geisenheim University, show the current project status.

… PIWIs in focus 

The use of PIWIs in organic viticulture practice will be the most effective way of reducing copper applications in the future, because the number of treatments can be reduced to three to four with PIWIs. So, growing PIWIs offers great potential for copper minimization...

Continue reading (PDF German)

Source: THE GERMAN WINE MAGAZINE 18.6.2022

June 23, 2022|

Portrait of PIWIs

PIWIS Cultivation suitability, grape variety characteristics and flavor profiles of selected white PIWI grape varieties.

Text: Barbara Richter (M.Sc.), Hochschule Geisenheim University, Andreas Stutz, Dr. Cornelia Wobar, Gisela Wustinger

The cultivation of new PIWI grape varieties harbors opportunities and risks for winegrowers. This is independent of whether it is an organic or conventional farm. The PIWI grape varieties were not usually bred at the winemaker's premises. This means that the cultivation recommendations of the breeders are not 100 percent transferrable to the location of the respective winemaker. In addition, the type of expansion in the cellar plays a major role in the style of wine.

In practice, the term »terroir« takes on a whole new meaning with the PIWI vines. Resistance to mildew is not absolute. It depends on the location, the weather and the vintage, which in practice means that PIWI grape varieties also need plant protection around three to six times a year. In most cases, however, copper and sulfur are sufficient for crop protection.

By cultivating PIWI vines, up to 80 percent of pesticides can be saved compared to viticulture of traditional varieties, regardless of whether it is organic viticulture or conventional cultivation.

read more (German PDF)

June 1, 2022|

A chance for PIWIs...

PIWIS How producers assess the future prospects for wines made from fungus-resistant grape varieties.

Text and illustrations: M.Sc. Barbara Richter and Prof. Dr. habil. Jon H. Hemp, Hochschule Geisenheim University

The various players along the value chain in the wine industry, such as wineries, wineries, cooperatives and producer groups, are confronted with two developments in particular: climate change and changing customer requirements. Climate change has a major impact on grape production, but is also becoming increasingly important along the entire value chain. The changing customer requirements have a direct impact on the purchasing and consumer behavior of the end consumer and change the demands of the trade on primary production. Increased consumer demand and growing interest in “sustainably produced”, “organic” or “vegan” products puts increased pressure on producers to meet and ensure these product attributes. Not only the producers, but also political institutions and industry associations have to deal with these developments.

Source: der deutsche weinbau 7/2022

Photo: Hass

read more (German PDF)

June 1, 2022|

Saxony-Anhalt LIFE VinEcoS – project nominated for the LIFE AWARDS 2022! – Please vote!

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear winemakers,

one of 12 finalists was Saxony-Anhalt LIFE VinEcoS – project for the LIFE AWARDS 2022 nominated. You can also use the link until May 29, 2022 https://www.lifeawards.eu/project/life-vinecos/ Cast your vote for our project. Thank you very much for your support. You are welcome to share the link.

The background to the already completed LIFE VinEcoS project was the global climate crisis, which also affects the Saale-Unstrut wine-growing region. The Landgesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt, the Landesweingut Kloster Pforta, the JENA-GEOS® engineering office and the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences had set themselves the goal of significantly increasing biodiversity in the vineyard and thus resilience by greening vineyard lanes with drought-resistant wild plant species to significantly strengthen this ecosystem. Compared to conventional grass seeding, the diverse vegetation ensures more effective protection against erosion and represents less water competition for the vines. The flowering vegetation offers sources of nectar and pollen for wild bees and other beneficial insects and delights winegrowers and those seeking relaxation with the colorful flowering aspect. In another project, LIFE VineAdapt, these findings are currently being successfully implemented in wine-growing regions in Germany, France, Austria and Hungary. More information about the ongoing project can be found at www.life-vineadapt.eu.

Best regards

Daniel Elijah

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dr Daniel Elijah
Anhalt University
Department of Agriculture, Nutritional Science and Landscape Development
Strenzfelder Allee 28
06406 Bernburg

Telephone: 03471/355-1185, mobile: 0174/8914796
Fax: 03471/355-91185
Email: daniel.elias@hs-anhalt.de

https://www.offenlandinfo.de/arbeitsgruppen/dr-daniel-elias/
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May 15, 2022|
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