Press release from WINE System AG

"Climate change has finally arrived in the vineyard":
Results and findings of the International PIWI Wine Award 2019

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PAR® jury tastes 471 PIWI wines from 14 countries

Frasdorf, November 2019 - Resistance to fungal diseases in times of increasing extreme weather conditions is just one of the strengths that PIWIs such as Regent, Cabernet blanc or Solaris bring with them. Their advantages in terms of climate protection are also becoming increasingly important worldwide. Because fewer fungicides mean fewer tractor journeys and healthier soils - a triad that can significantly improve the CO2 balance of companies. From 1 to 3 November 2019, the PAR® jury headed by tasting manager Martin Darting was again able to check whether the "strong vines" also produce high-quality wines.

At the ninth edition of the International PIWI Wine Award 2019, a total of 471 wines from 14 countries were on the tasting tables, a significant increase compared to 2018. The 18 trained PAR Certified Masters, who taste and classify each wine in teams of three, recorded 28 positions Large gold, 196 with gold and 198 with silver. The official handover of the certificate will take place on November 27, 2019 at the Winzer Service Messe in Karlsruhe.

The top ratings in 2019

Last but not least, the number of organic wines with 200 entries at the International PIWI Wine Award 2019 shows that PIWIs have special advantages in natural viticulture. And the organic PIWIs are also strongly represented at the top: They represent 17 of the 28 large gold awards -Winner. The best tasting with 99 points this year is the 2018 Göcseji Zamatos from the Slovak organic winery Víno Hladký in the Little Carpathians - a reductive white wine. Follow closely behind, also in the white wine category, with 98 points each, the 2018 Souvignier Gris Kabinett dry from the organic winery Jürgen Walz in Kaiserstuhl, Baden, and the skilfully oxidatively expanded Saphira Barrique from the Bosshart + Grimm organic vineyards in the German Switzerland. A total of 15 white wines were awarded Great Gold.

In the red wine category, ten wines were awarded Great Gold in 2019. The highest scores with 98 points: the 2018 UTOPIA from Chateau Thivin in Beaujolais in France - a PIWI blend of Prior, Chambourcin, Sauvignier gris and Pinotin traditionally made in barrels; the 2016 Reserve of the Schönhals Biodynamic Winery in Rheinhessen - a cuvée made of Cabertin and Satin Noir, traditionally made in barrels; the 2018 "Mundorff - Cabernet Cantor matured in oak barrels" from the Wohlgemut-Schnürr winery in Rheinhessen; the 2018 Regent Spätlese from the Vollmer organic winery on the Baden shores of Lake Constance, which has been oxidatively expanded in steel tanks, and the 2018 NUGELORO Cabernet Jura from the Schmid Stingelin vineyard in northern Switzerland, which has been expanded in steel tanks and barriques.

As every year, dessert wines are represented at the top. This category includes three large gold ratings, including the 2018 Solaris selection "Arzheimer Kalmit" by the Werner Anselmann winery in the Palatinate and the Regent red wine selection sweet by E. and. A. Behringer OHG in Rheinhessen, both expanded in steel tanks and awarded 97 points each.

The full ranking with all PAR assessment forms is now available at
Country-specific lists of the competition are available for free download under the following link:

The PIWIs and climate change

This year's competition was once again characterized by high, continuous quality, with a little less top quality wines than in previous years, but a high level of craftsmanship in the area. The difficulties that almost all winemakers had to deal with in 2018 were the effects of climate change, which finally reached the vineyard in this hot year. Especially in cooler climates, where traditionally rather fresh wines are produced, the producers had to cope with low acidity and reduced extract density due to the heat.
The winemakers must decide whether the answer to this change is acceptance and adaptation or the struggle to maintain the usual wine styles. The fact is that neither humans nor plants have the time to adequately adjust to the changes. The dwindling reliability of temperatures and precipitation will be reflected in ripening times, harvest quantities and fungal infestation, which traditionally leads to the increased use of fungicides. The good news is that planting PIWI grape varieties can significantly reduce this risk: Fewer fungicides mean less input of CO2 through the use of machinery on healthier, more resilient soils. Martin Darting: "My appeal to wine lovers: be open to new grape varieties and support the PIWIs! Because the demand of the sales leads the winegrowers more and more to plant the resistant varieties. And the PIWI International Wine Award shows that they produce high-quality and appealing wines year after year. ”

The International PIWI Wine Award

The International PIWI Wine Award was launched to give consumers and traders orientation for the selection of the diverse new varieties and at the same time to reaffirm the pioneers and their commitment to more sustainable agriculture. Initiated by PIWI International and organized by WINE System AG, the renowned quality competition relies on the globally recognized tasting method PAR®. Thanks to the analytical and differentiated approach of the PAR® tasters, all aspects of winemaking and the climatic conditions are included in the evaluation; the results are objective and comprehensible for the producer. More information about the method at

background information

PIWI International eV promotes the exchange of information between research institutes, Breeders, Vine refiners, as well as the growers of PIWI vines and wine producers. In recent years, numerous fungus-resistant grape varieties have found their way into practice, some of them only on a trial basis. The winegrowers have a great need for information about these grape varieties. This includes detailed descriptions of their properties, instructions for optimal winemaking, tastings, discussion of marketing questions and information for consumers. In addition to holding conferences and regional working groups, the initiation of the annual international PIWI wine award is an essential part of the measures of PIWI International.
President: Josef Engelhart - Office: Susanne Sommer +49 6133 5099226,

The WINE System AG, founded in 1999, with a comprehensive and informative wine database is the basis for the PAR evaluation system developed by Martin Darting and a competent partner for winegrowers, retailers and specialist audiences in the field of wine and sensor technology. As a co-developer of this innovative and transparent evaluation method for sensible products such as wine, bread, olive oil, cheese etc., WINE System, under the direction of Martin Darting and Brigitte Wüstinger, organizes well-known competitions such as the international organic wine price, the PAR Wine Award International and the international PIWI Wine price. The database with over 40,000 wines is valued by experts as a comprehensive information portal and serves as an important tool in many areas.


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