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International PIWI Wine Award tastes 413 wines from 15 countries

Online PAR® Wine Contest on behalf of PIWI International e.V. – considerable increase among the Top-Qualities – Top-Gold Wines from Italy to Sweden

Frasdorf, November 2020 – The fact that relatively young fungus-resistant grapes, like, for instance, Cabernet Blanc, Regent or Solaris, are an effective instrument to tackle the climate change has become the shared consensus. The PAR®-Jury, on behalf of PIWI International e.V., could acquire a striking image of how the corresponding features of PIWI types affect the quality and sensors, and how to handle it on the international stage. Due to Corona pandemic, the tasting took place in the online space for the first time. The jury assessed 413 wines from 15 different countries on November 13th – 15th, 2020. The contest outcome contains 42 Top Gold medals, 175 Gold, 161 Silver and 29 Compliments. 27 PAR® Certified Master Tasters based throughout Germany *) could provide the usual quality and transparency of the results supported by the established digital infrastructure of WINE System AG.

Germany has submitted 170 wines achieving the most represented position during the tasting 2020, followed by Switzerland, Italy and Austria. As measured by the number of Top Gold awards, Germany and Switzerland doubtfully took the lead with 12 and 9 top results, followed by Austria with 6 Top Gold medals. Also, PIWI wines from Sweden, Poland, Denmark and Italy could achieve top position.

Overall winners come from Switzerland, Austria, Sweden and Italy: With 98 points each at the top of the red wine category, there are two cuvées from Divico, Gamaret and Bronner, both from Lake Geneva in Switzerland: the one traditionally matured in barriques 2018 Bastian from the Domaine de la République et Canton de Génève and the 2018 Divico from the Florian Ramu winery, also fermented in a traditional style in barriques. When it comes to white wines, two Piwis from Lower Austria lead the ranking, each with 98 points: the one that is modern in steel tanks 2018 Donauriesling Sommelier the winemaker Krems and the 2019 organic Piwi from Bio Weinbau Prinz - a cuvée of blossom muscatel, Donauriesling and muscaris, which has been developed reductively in steel tanks. Another 98 points can be found in the sparkling wine category. Here the top rating goes to the 2017 Souvignier Gris Brut Reserve of character wines Josef Scharl in Styria. The Austrian Piwi sparkling wine was matured in wooden barrels and sparkled in traditional bottle fermentation. The best in class in the rosé wine category comes from Sweden, the most northerly growing country for this year's tasting: Here, the stylishly modern one in steel tanks scored 2019 Rondo "Per Ols Råsa" 97 points from the Österlenvin winery in the Skane region. The best of the dessert wines was also awarded 97 points: the 2019 Theia from the Italian winery Nove Lune. The cuvée made from Helios, Bronner and Solaris was traditionally handcrafted in barriques and comes from Lombardy.

Germany's Piwi winemakers achieve 12 times great gold, 77 times gold, 73 times silver and 7 recommendations: The highest-placed German Piwi wines, each with 97 points, are traditionally fermented in wooden barrels 2014 Cabernet Cortis from Weingut Schappert an der Nahe in the red wine category and, each from Weingut Galler, the 2016 FEODORA sparkling wine bA brut, expanded reductively in steel tanks and sparkled in traditional bottle fermentation, as well as the 2019 FEODORA, an organic terroir wine made from oak barrels and barriques. Both were made from Sauvignac grapes.

The best dessert wine from Germany comes from the Hessische Bergstrasse and scored 96 points: the 2019 Heppenheimer Stemmler Muscaris Auslese noble sweet from Bergsträßer Winzer eG.

The best German Piwi-Rosé was the organically produced and matured in steel tanks 2018 Cabernet Cortis Rosé Awarded 95 points and thus gold from the Dilger winery am Kaiserstuhl.

The PIWIs, the Craftmanship and the Climate Change

The stylistic and quality gamut was enormous. A look at the medals table shows a decrease in the qualitative mid-range compared to the previous years. Head of the tasting Martin Darting says: „Particular, winegrowers from the Southern regions had to face the extreme heat and droughtiness. Typically, the first year is not a big problem. However, should similar hot weather years follow, there is no chance to avoid an impact on the sensory features of the grapes. This caused many problems, primarily, due to the lack of centuries-old viticultural experience in PIWI winegrowing like, for instance, Riesling is the case.“

The good news is that the qualitative mid-range decreased as a result of the enlargement of the top class. Compared to the 2019 edition of the contest, the amount of TopGold Medals has almost doubled. Martin Darting continues: „This year, we observed a vast amount of High-Quality products in top position proving the fact that PIWI wines can easily keep pace with top quality made from the established vines. The key lies in a precise analysis of the empirical values as well as certain agility, especially in vineyard management. In addition, the application of individual fitting vinification and skilled blending paves the way for Top Gold.“

Board Member of WINE System AG Brigitte Wüstinger says: „Everything new has yet to take hold. The results of 10 PIWI Wine Award tastings show that there is no coincidence anymore in the high-quality level of the PIWI grapes. With the help of the meanwhile elder vineyards paired with experience and professional craftsmanship of winemakers, the stabilisation and positioning of PIWIs vis-à-vis the established grapes become apparent. We are eager to see what the future might bring.“

The international PIWI wine award: The International PIWI Wine Award was created to give consumers and retailers orientation for the selection of the diverse new varieties and at the same time to reaffirm producers in their pioneering role and in their commitment to more sustainable agriculture. Initiated by PIWI International eV and organized by WINE System AG, the renowned quality competition relies on the worldwide recognized tasting method PAR®. Thanks to the analytical and differentiated approach of the qualified PAR® tasters, all aspects of winemaking and climatic conditions flow into the evaluation; the results are comprehensible in detail and provide valuable services in particular for product development and quality management of the companies.

Supplementary information

*)During the online tasting of the PIWI International Wine Award 2020 the submitted wines are classified in the climatic, stylistic and analytic parameters. The wines are anonymised and numbered before unpacked and presented to the jury in the determined order. A completely new situation to the tasting crew that could be managed due to the defined tasting standards delivering high reproduction of PAR® results. According to the PAR® methods also the online tasting edition requires a team of two auditors who first taste each wine separately followed by the discussion that leads to consensus and final results.

Background information:

PIWI International eV promotes the exchange of information between research institutes, breeders, vine refiners, and the growers of PIWI vines. In recent years, numerous fungus-resistant grape varieties have found their way into practice, some of them only on a trial basis. There is a great need for information about these grape varieties on the part of the winemakers. This includes detailed descriptions of their properties, instructions for optimal winemaking, tastings, discussion of marketing issues 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 PIWI International's activities. President: Josef Engelhart. www.piwi-international.org

WINE System AG With its three fields of activity, consulting, training and PAR® quality competitions, has been a competent partner for winegrowers, retailers and specialist audiences in the field of wine and sensor technology since 1999. The company has been under the management of Board members Brigitte Wüstinger and Martin Darting since 2019 and has been holding well-known quality wine competitions for many years - including the international organic wine award, the PAR® Wine Award International and many smaller competitions. The WINE System database with over 40,000 wines is the basis for the PAR® rating system developed by Martin Darting. It is valued by experts as a comprehensive information portal and is an important tool in many areas. www.winesystem.de


International PIWI Wine Award tastes 413 wines from 15 countries

Online PAR® Wine Contest on behalf of PIWI International e.V. – considerable increase among the Top-Qualities – Top-Gold Wines from Italy to Sweden

Frasdorf, November 2020 – The fact that relatively young fungus-resistant grapes, like, for instance, Cabernet Blanc, Regent or Solaris, are an effective instrument to tackle the climate change has become the shared consensus. The PAR®-Jury, on behalf of PIWI International e.V., could acquire a striking image of how the corresponding features of PIWI types affect the quality and sensors, and how to handle it on the international stage. Due to Corona pandemic, the tasting took place in the online space for the first time. The jury assessed 413 wines from 15 different countries on November 13th – 15th, 2020. The contest outcome contains 42 Top Gold medals, 175 Gold, 161 Silver and 29 Compliments. 27 PAR® Certified Master Tasters based throughout Germany *) could provide the usual quality and transparency of the results supported by the established digital infrastructure of WINE System AG.

Germany has submitted 170 wines achieving the most represented position during the tasting 2020, followed by Switzerland, Italy and Austria. As measured by the number of Top Gold awards, Germany and Switzerland doubtfully took the lead with 12 and 9 top results, followed by Austria with 6 Top Gold medals. Also, PIWI wines from Sweden, Poland, Denmark and Italy could achieve top position.

Austria's Piwi winemakers achieve 6 times great gold, 19 times gold, 16 times silver and a recommendation: In the white wine category, two Piwis from Lower Austria lead the ranking, each with 98 points - the modern one in steel tanks 2018 Donauriesling Sommelier the winemaker Krems and the 2019 organic Piwi from Bio Weinbau Prinz, a reductively aged cuvée made from blossom muscatel, Donauriesling and muscaris in steel tanks. Closely behind, with 97 points, follows the traditionally matured in barriques 2018 fire lily from the Adam Lieleg winery in Styria. 96 points and also great gold went to the Muscaris moon 17, a traditional Qvevri wine from character wines Josef Scharl in Styria.

The best in class in the sparkling wine category with 98 points also comes from here: the 2017 Souvignier Gris Brut Reserve, Aged in wooden barrels and sparkled in traditional bottle fermentation.

In the red wine category, the top rating from Austria goes to the 2018 wine of nature from the Dr. Erich Millbacher in the Kremstal. The unfiltered red wine from the grape variety Baco 24-23-No.1 was traditionally expanded with oxygen in wooden barrels and barriques and rated with 96 points.

The best-placed dessert wine from Austria comes from the Engel winery in Styria - a 2018 Muscaris Beerenauslese with the name reductively fermented in steel tanks Glorias gold. She was awarded 94 points and gold.

The PIWIs, the Craftmanship and the Climate Change

The stylistic and quality gamut was enormous. A look at the medals table shows a decrease in the qualitative mid-range compared to the previous years. Head of the tasting Martin Darting says: „Particular, winegrowers from the Southern regions had to face the extreme heat and droughtiness. Typically, the first year is not a big problem. However, should similar hot weather years follow, there is no chance to avoid an impact on the sensory features of the grapes. This caused many problems, primarily, due to the lack of centuries-old viticultural experience in PIWI winegrowing like, for instance, Riesling is the case.“

The good news is that the qualitative mid-range decreased as a result of the enlargement of the top class. Compared to the 2019 edition of the contest, the amount of TopGold Medals has almost doubled. Martin Darting continues: „This year, we observed a vast amount of High-Quality products in top position proving the fact that PIWI wines can easily keep pace with top quality made from the established vines. The key lies in a precise analysis of the empirical values as well as certain agility, especially in vineyard management. In addition, the application of individual fitting vinification and skilled blending paves the way for Top Gold.“

Board Member of WINE System AG Brigitte Wüstinger says: „Everything new has yet to take hold. The results of 10 PIWI Wine Award tastings show that there is no coincidence anymore in the high-quality level of the PIWI grapes. With the help of the meanwhile elder vineyards paired with experience and professional craftsmanship of winemakers, the stabilisation and positioning of PIWIs vis-à-vis the established grapes become apparent. We are eager to see what the future might bring.“

The international PIWI wine award: The International PIWI Wine Award was created to give consumers and retailers orientation for the selection of the diverse new varieties and at the same time to reaffirm producers in their pioneering role and in their commitment to more sustainable agriculture. Initiated by PIWI International eV and organized by WINE System AG, the renowned quality competition relies on the worldwide recognized tasting method PAR®. Thanks to the analytical and differentiated approach of the qualified PAR® tasters, all aspects of winemaking and climatic conditions flow into the evaluation; the results are comprehensible in detail and provide valuable services in particular for product development and quality management of the companies.

Supplementary information

*)During the online tasting of the PIWI International Wine Award 2020 the submitted wines are classified in the climatic, stylistic and analytic parameters. The wines are anonymised and numbered before unpacked and presented to the jury in the determined order. A completely new situation to the tasting crew that could be managed due to the defined tasting standards delivering high reproduction of PAR® results. According to the PAR® methods also the online tasting edition requires a team of two auditors who first taste each wine separately followed by the discussion that leads to consensus and final results.

Background information:

PIWI International eV promotes the exchange of information between research institutes, breeders, vine refiners, and the growers of PIWI vines. In recent years, numerous fungus-resistant grape varieties have found their way into practice, some of them only on a trial basis. There is a great need for information about these grape varieties on the part of the winemakers. This includes detailed descriptions of their properties, instructions for optimal winemaking, tastings, discussion of marketing issues 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 PIWI International's activities. President: Josef Engelhart. www.piwi-international.org

WINE System AG With its three fields of activity, consulting, training and PAR® quality competitions, has been a competent partner for winegrowers, retailers and specialist audiences in the field of wine and sensor technology since 1999. The company has been under the management of Board members Brigitte Wüstinger and Martin Darting since 2019 and has been holding well-known quality wine competitions for many years - including the international organic wine award, the PAR® Wine Award International and many smaller competitions. The WINE System database with over 40,000 wines is the basis for the PAR® rating system developed by Martin Darting. It is valued by experts as a comprehensive information portal and is an important tool in many areas. www.winesystem.de


International PIWI Wine Award tastes 413 wines from 15 countries

Online PAR® Wine Contest on behalf of PIWI International e.V. – considerable increase among the Top-Qualities – Top-Gold Wines from Italy to Sweden

Frasdorf, November 2020 – The fact that relatively young fungus-resistant grapes, like, for instance, Cabernet Blanc, Regent or Solaris, are an effective instrument to tackle the climate change has become the shared consensus. The PAR®-Jury, on behalf of PIWI International e.V., could acquire a striking image of how the corresponding features of PIWI types affect the quality and sensors, and how to handle it on the international stage. Due to Corona pandemic, the tasting took place in the online space for the first time. The jury assessed 413 wines from 15 different countries on November 13th – 15th, 2020. The contest outcome contains 42 Top Gold medals, 175 Gold, 161 Silver and 29 Compliments. 27 PAR® Certified Master Tasters based throughout Germany *) could provide the usual quality and transparency of the results supported by the established digital infrastructure of WINE System AG.

Germany has submitted 170 wines achieving the most represented position during the tasting 2020, followed by Switzerland, Italy and Austria. As measured by the number of Top Gold awards, Germany and Switzerland doubtfully took the lead with 12 and 9 top results, followed by Austria with 6 Top Gold medals. Also, PIWI wines from Sweden, Poland, Denmark and Italy could achieve top position.

Swiss Piwi winemakers achieve 9 times great gold, 30 times gold, 17 times silver and 6 recommendations: With 98 points each, two of the overall winners of the 2020 ranking come from Lake Geneva - the 2018 Bastian from the Domaine de la République et Canton de Génève and the 2018 Divico from the Florian Ramu winery. Both red wine cuvées were made from the Divico, Gamaret and Bronner varieties, traditionally fermented in barriques. The one follows closely behind 2018 Divico XC from Cave de la Côte in Vaud with 97 points, also traditionally fermented in barriques. Two more times Great Gold with 96 points each went to the traditionally developed in barrique barrels 2018 Divico from the Diroso winery in Upper Valais as well as those fermented reductively in steel tanks 2018 Divico passerillée from the Agroscope - Research Center Pully in Vaud.

In the white wine category, the best placed from Switzerland each achieved 96 points and thus also great gold: Die 2019 woman - a Solaris from the DeinWein winery on Römerweg in Central Switzerland, traditionally made in stainless steel and barrique, fermented with oxygen in wooden barrels 2019 Souvignier Gris from the Bosshart + Grimm organic vineyards in German-speaking Switzerland as well as modern fermentation in steel tanks 2019 Johanniter wine from the Wullschleger winery in Aargau.

In the sparkling wine category, with 96 points, the 2019 fire embers from the Zurich winery Wylandblick the best-placed from Switzerland - a stylistically modern, red winegrower's sparkling wine made from Regent grapes, aged in steel tanks and sparkling in traditional bottle fermentation

The best Swiss dessert wine comes from Reblus Weinbau am Bielersee with 94 points and gold: the traditionally matured in barriques 2019 Solaris.

In the rosé wine category, the best rating with 91 points and gold goes to the Wullschläger winery in Aargau, for the 2019 Cabernet Rosé, a Cabernet Jura from reductive steel tank expansion.

The PIWIs, the Craftmanship and the Climate Change

The stylistic and quality gamut was enormous. A look at the medals table shows a decrease in the qualitative mid-range compared to the previous years. Head of the tasting Martin Darting says: „Particular, winegrowers from the Southern regions had to face the extreme heat and droughtiness. Typically, the first year is not a big problem. However, should similar hot weather years follow, there is no chance to avoid an impact on the sensory features of the grapes. This caused many problems, primarily, due to the lack of centuries-old viticultural experience in PIWI winegrowing like, for instance, Riesling is the case.“

The good news is that the qualitative mid-range decreased as a result of the enlargement of the top class. Compared to the 2019 edition of the contest, the amount of TopGold Medals has almost doubled. Martin Darting continues: „This year, we observed a vast amount of High-Quality products in top position proving the fact that PIWI wines can easily keep pace with top quality made from the established vines. The key lies in a precise analysis of the empirical values as well as certain agility, especially in vineyard management. In addition, the application of individual fitting vinification and skilled blending paves the way for Top Gold.“

Board Member of WINE System AG Brigitte Wüstinger says: „Everything new has yet to take hold. The results of 10 PIWI Wine Award tastings show that there is no coincidence anymore in the high-quality level of the PIWI grapes. With the help of the meanwhile elder vineyards paired with experience and professional craftsmanship of winemakers, the stabilisation and positioning of PIWIs vis-à-vis the established grapes become apparent. We are eager to see what the future might bring.“

The international PIWI wine award: The International PIWI Wine Award was created to give consumers and retailers orientation for the selection of the diverse new varieties and at the same time to reaffirm producers in their pioneering role and in their commitment to more sustainable agriculture. Initiated by PIWI International eV and organized by WINE System AG, the renowned quality competition relies on the worldwide recognized tasting method PAR®. Thanks to the analytical and differentiated approach of the qualified PAR® tasters, all aspects of winemaking and climatic conditions flow into the evaluation; the results are comprehensible in detail and provide valuable services in particular for product development and quality management of the companies.

Supplementary information

*)During the online tasting of the PIWI International Wine Award 2020 the submitted wines are classified in the climatic, stylistic and analytic parameters. The wines are anonymised and numbered before unpacked and presented to the jury in the determined order. A completely new situation to the tasting crew that could be managed due to the defined tasting standards delivering high reproduction of PAR® results. According to the PAR® methods also the online tasting edition requires a team of two auditors who first taste each wine separately followed by the discussion that leads to consensus and final results.

Background information:

PIWI International eV promotes the exchange of information between research institutes, breeders, vine refiners, and the growers of PIWI vines. In recent years, numerous fungus-resistant grape varieties have found their way into practice, some of them only on a trial basis. There is a great need for information about these grape varieties on the part of the winemakers. This includes detailed descriptions of their properties, instructions for optimal winemaking, tastings, discussion of marketing issues 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 PIWI International's activities. President: Josef Engelhart. www.piwi-international.org

WINE System AG With its three fields of activity, consulting, training and PAR® quality competitions, has been a competent partner for winegrowers, retailers and specialist audiences in the field of wine and sensor technology since 1999. The company has been under the management of Board members Brigitte Wüstinger and Martin Darting since 2019 and has been holding well-known quality wine competitions for many years - including the international organic wine award, the PAR® Wine Award International and many smaller competitions. The WINE System database with over 40,000 wines is the basis for the PAR® rating system developed by Martin Darting. It is valued by experts as a comprehensive information portal and is an important tool in many areas. www.winesystem.de


International PIWI Wine Award tastes 413 wines from 15 countries

Online PAR® Wine Contest on behalf of PIWI International e.V. – considerable increase among the Top-Qualities – Top-Gold Wines from Italy to Sweden

Frasdorf, November 2020 – The fact that relatively young fungus-resistant grapes, like, for instance, Cabernet Blanc, Regent or Solaris, are an effective instrument to tackle the climate change has become the shared consensus. The PAR®-Jury, on behalf of PIWI International e.V., could acquire a striking image of how the corresponding features of PIWI types affect the quality and sensors, and how to handle it on the international stage. Due to Corona pandemic, the tasting took place in the online space for the first time. The jury assessed 413 wines from 15 different countries on November 13th – 15th, 2020. The contest outcome contains 42 Top Gold medals, 175 Gold, 161 Silver and 29 Compliments. 27 PAR® Certified Master Tasters based throughout Germany *) could provide the usual quality and transparency of the results supported by the established digital infrastructure of WINE System AG.

Germany has submitted 170 wines achieving the most represented position during the tasting 2020, followed by Switzerland, Italy and Austria. As measured by the number of Top Gold awards, Germany and Switzerland doubtfully took the lead with 12 and 9 top results, followed by Austria with 6 Top Gold medals. Also, PIWI wines from Sweden, Poland, Denmark and Italy could achieve top position.

Italy's Piwi winemakers achieve two great golds, 17 gold, 15 silver and 9 recommendations: The best-placed Piwi wine from Italy is also the overall winner in the dessert wine category: the 2019 Theia from the Nove Lune winery with 97 points. The cuvée made from Helios, Bronner and Solaris was traditionally developed by hand in barriques and comes from Lombardy.

The leads in the white wine category 2019 Tre from the Azienda agricola filanda de boron in Trentino up the Italian ranking - a spontaneously fermented Souvignier Gris made from amphorae with 96 points.

The best-placed Italian show wine comes from Veneto, with 95 points and thus gold: the reductively expanded stainless steel and tank fermentation Spumante Resiliens Bio Vegan by Le Carline from the grape varieties Muscaris and Aromera.

The best rosé wine from Italy, the 2019 JPK Rosé from the Strickerhof in South Tyrol - a reductively fermented chambourcin in steel tanks.

The reductively expanded steel tank scored 89 points and silver 2019 Cabernet Volos from Vivai Cooperativi Rauscedo in Friuli in the red wine category.

The PIWIs, the Craftmanship and the Climate Change

The stylistic and quality gamut was enormous. A look at the medals table shows a decrease in the qualitative mid-range compared to the previous years. Head of the tasting Martin Darting says: „Particular, winegrowers from the Southern regions had to face the extreme heat and droughtiness. Typically, the first year is not a big problem. However, should similar hot weather years follow, there is no chance to avoid an impact on the sensory features of the grapes. This caused many problems, primarily, due to the lack of centuries-old viticultural experience in PIWI winegrowing like, for instance, Riesling is the case.“

The good news is that the qualitative mid-range decreased as a result of the enlargement of the top class. Compared to the 2019 edition of the contest, the amount of TopGold Medals has almost doubled. Martin Darting continues: „This year, we observed a vast amount of High-Quality products in top position proving the fact that PIWI wines can easily keep pace with top quality made from the established vines. The key lies in a precise analysis of the empirical values as well as certain agility, especially in vineyard management. In addition, the application of individual fitting vinification and skilled blending paves the way for Top Gold.“

Board Member of WINE System AG Brigitte Wüstinger says: „Everything new has yet to take hold. The results of 10 PIWI Wine Award tastings show that there is no coincidence anymore in the high-quality level of the PIWI grapes. With the help of the meanwhile elder vineyards paired with experience and professional craftsmanship of winemakers, the stabilisation and positioning of PIWIs vis-à-vis the established grapes become apparent. We are eager to see what the future might bring.“

PIWI International Wine Award: The PIWI International Wine Award was launched to give useful guidelines for the diverse new grapes to consumers and retailers as well as to reaffirm the pioneering role of the producers and their commitment to more sustainable farming. Initiated by PIWI International e.V. and organised by WINE System AG, the prestigious contest puts its trust in the recognised PAR® method. Due to the analytical and differentiated approach of the qualified PAR® tasters, the assessment considers all aspects of the wine production and climatic conditions. The results are easy to understand, and they provide valuable services to the winemakers, particular in product development and quality management.

Supplementary information

*)During the online tasting of the PIWI International Wine Award 2020 the submitted wines are classified in the climatic, stylistic and analytic parameters. The wines are anonymised and numbered before unpacked and presented to the jury in the determined order. A completely new situation to the tasting crew that could be managed due to the defined tasting standards delivering high reproduction of PAR® results. According to the PAR® methods also the online tasting edition requires a team of two auditors who first taste each wine separately followed by the discussion that leads to consensus and final results.

Background information:

PIWI International eV promotes the exchange of information between research institutes, breeders, vine refiners, and the growers of PIWI vines. In recent years, numerous fungus-resistant grape varieties have found their way into practice, some of them only on a trial basis. There is a great need for information about these grape varieties on the part of the winemakers. This includes detailed descriptions of their properties, instructions for optimal winemaking, tastings, discussion of marketing issues 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 PIWI International's activities. President: Josef Engelhart. www.piwi-international.de

WINE System AG With its three fields of activity, consulting, training and PAR® quality competitions, has been a competent partner for winegrowers, retailers and specialist audiences in the field of wine and sensor technology since 1999. The company has been under the management of Board members Brigitte Wüstinger and Martin Darting since 2019 and has been holding well-known quality wine competitions for many years - including the international organic wine award, the PAR® Wine Award International and many smaller competitions. The WINE System database with over 40,000 wines is the basis for the PAR® rating system developed by Martin Darting. It is valued by experts as a comprehensive information portal and is an important tool in many areas. www.winesystem.de


International PIWI Wine Award tastes 413 wines from 15 countries

Online PAR® Wine Contest on behalf of PIWI International e.V. – considerable increase among the Top-Qualities – Top-Gold Wines from Italy to Sweden

Frasdorf, November 2020 – The fact that relatively young fungus-resistant grapes, like, for instance, Cabernet Blanc, Regent or Solaris, are an effective instrument to tackle the climate change has become the shared consensus. The PAR®-Jury, on behalf of PIWI International e.V., could acquire a striking image of how the corresponding features of PIWI types affect the quality and sensors, and how to handle it on the international stage. Due to Corona pandemic, the tasting took place in the online space for the first time. The jury assessed 413 wines from 15 different countries on November 13th – 15th, 2020. The contest outcome contains 42 Top Gold medals, 175 Gold, 161 Silver and 29 Compliments. 27 PAR® Certified Master Tasters based throughout Germany *) could provide the usual quality and transparency of the results supported by the established digital infrastructure of WINE System AG.

Germany has submitted 170 wines achieving the most represented position during the tasting 2020, followed by Switzerland, Italy and Austria. As measured by the number of Top Gold awards, Germany and Switzerland doubtfully took the lead with 12 and 9 top results, followed by Austria with 6 Top Gold medals. Also, PIWI wines from Sweden, Poland, Denmark and Italy could achieve top position.

Denmark's Piwi winemakers have achieved two great gold, eight gold, 11 silver and two recommendations: With 96 points each, two Danish Piwi products achieved great gold at the International Piwi Wine Award 2020. The best rating in the sparkling wine category went to the 2018er 56ºNorth Primo from Guldbæk Vingård in Jutland - a traditional bottle fermentation from the Solaris grape variety. The noble sweetness also comes from Jutland 2014 Hedvin from Skærsøgaard Vin - a stylistically traditionally matured dessert wine cuvée made from Rondo, Cabernet Cortis, Regent and Pinot Noir Precose.

In the red wine category, another candidate from Skærsøgaard Vin leads the Danish ranking with 95 points and thus a gold medal: the 2018 Leon Millot, expanded reductively in barrique barrels. With 94 points and gold, the best rating among the Danish rosé wines also goes to Skærsøgaard Vin in Jutland, for the reductively aged in steel tanks 2019 rosé from the grape varieties Cabernet Cortis, Rondo and Leon Millot. The two best in class in the white wine category each scored 93 points and gold: the one fermented in barriques in a modern style 2019 RÖS Reserve Solaris from Dyrehøj Vingård in Zealand and the 2019 Barfod Solaris from Barfod Vin in Zealand, expanded in steel tanks with extra emphasis.

The PIWIs, the Craftmanship and the Climate Change

The stylistic and quality gamut was enormous. A look at the medals table shows a decrease in the qualitative mid-range compared to the previous years. Head of the tasting Martin Darting says: „Particular, winegrowers from the Southern regions had to face the extreme heat and droughtiness. Typically, the first year is not a big problem. However, should similar hot weather years follow, there is no chance to avoid an impact on the sensory features of the grapes. This caused many problems, primarily, due to the lack of centuries-old viticultural experience in PIWI winegrowing like, for instance, Riesling is the case.“

The good news is that the qualitative mid-range decreased as a result of the enlargement of the top class. Compared to the 2019 edition of the contest, the amount of TopGold Medals has almost doubled. Martin Darting continues: „This year, we observed a vast amount of High-Quality products in top position proving the fact that PIWI wines can easily keep pace with top quality made from the established vines. The key lies in a precise analysis of the empirical values as well as certain agility, especially in vineyard management. In addition, the application of individual fitting vinification and skilled blending paves the way for Top Gold.“

Board Member of WINE System AG Brigitte Wüstinger says: „Everything new has yet to take hold. The results of 10 PIWI Wine Award tastings show that there is no coincidence anymore in the high-quality level of the PIWI grapes. With the help of the meanwhile elder vineyards paired with experience and professional craftsmanship of winemakers, the stabilisation and positioning of PIWIs vis-à-vis the established grapes become apparent. We are eager to see what the future might bring.“

PIWI International Wine Award: The PIWI International Wine Award was launched to give useful guidelines for the diverse new grapes to consumers and retailers as well as to reaffirm the pioneering role of the producers and their commitment to more sustainable farming. Initiated by PIWI International e.V. and organised by WINE System AG, the prestigious contest puts its trust in the recognised PAR® method. Due to the analytical and differentiated approach of the qualified PAR® tasters, the assessment considers all aspects of the wine production and climatic conditions. The results are easy to understand, and they provide valuable services to the winemakers, particular in product development and quality management.

Supplementary information

*)During the online tasting of the PIWI International Wine Award 2020 the submitted wines are classified in the climatic, stylistic and analytic parameters. The wines are anonymised and numbered before unpacked and presented to the jury in the determined order. A completely new situation to the tasting crew that could be managed due to the defined tasting standards delivering high reproduction of PAR® results. According to the PAR® methods also the online tasting edition requires a team of two auditors who first taste each wine separately followed by the discussion that leads to consensus and final results.

Background information:

PIWI International eV promotes the exchange of information between research institutes, breeders, vine refiners, and the growers of PIWI vines. In recent years, numerous fungus-resistant grape varieties have found their way into practice, some of them only on a trial basis. There is a great need for information about these grape varieties on the part of the winemakers. This includes detailed descriptions of their properties, instructions for optimal winemaking, tastings, discussion of marketing issues 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 PIWI International's activities. President: Josef Engelhart. www.piwi-international.de

WINE System AG With its three fields of activity, consulting, training and PAR® quality competitions, has been a competent partner for winegrowers, retailers and specialist audiences in the field of wine and sensor technology since 1999. The company has been under the management of Board members Brigitte Wüstinger and Martin Darting since 2019 and has been holding well-known quality wine competitions for many years - including the international organic wine award, the PAR® Wine Award International and many smaller competitions. The WINE System database with over 40,000 wines is the basis for the PAR® rating system developed by Martin Darting. It is valued by experts as a comprehensive information portal and is an important tool in many areas. www.winesystem.de

Press release PDF - professional translation

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

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.

The PIWI International eV association has been promoting the exchange of information between research, vine growing and viticulture for 20 years. PIWI International eV founded the International PIWI Wine Award in 2010 to ensure a well-founded view of the quality of the products for all sides. Since then, the association has relied on PAR® as a clear, transparent tasting method that also brings significant added value for quality assurance and product development. Each submitted product is evaluated individually and receives an assessment of its craftsmanship and sensory quality in terms of origin and design. In the end there is an objective and above all understandable assessment of the qualitative characteristics of the wine.

Free online seminar “PAR® Evaluate arch "

So that winegrowers can get the maximum of information out of the detailed evaluation sheets, WINE System AG is offering for the first time an online seminar for participants of the International PIWI Wine Award 2020 on the topic “PAR® Evaluate sheet ”. It not only explains the individual parameters and the procedure of the tasters; there are also practical impulses for the application of the knowledge in the company's own quality management. Interested parties can choose from two dates.

Further information on the award as well as dates and conditions of participation at www.piwi-international.de.

Supplementary information

*) For the online tasting at the international PIWI Wine Prize 2020, the tasters are thematically assigned, anonymized and numbered according to climatic, stylistic and analytical parameters before they are unpacked on site and presented to the jurors in a fixed order. Also for the tasters a new situation, which in the spring edition, thanks to defined tasting standards, nevertheless the high reproduction of the PAR® Results achieved.

background information:

PIWI International eV promotes the exchange of information between research institutes, breeders, vine refiners, and the growers of PIWI vines. 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 the organization of 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, www.piwi-international.de

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. WINE System AG has been under the direction of the board members Brigitte Wüstinger and Martin Darting since 2019 and has been running renowned competitions for many years. 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. www.winesystem.de

Contact

WINE System AG
Brigitte Wüstinger

and Martin Darting
Daxa 8
83112 Frasdorf
Tel. +49 8032-91633-20
Fax +49 8032-91633-49
buero@winesystem.de

Press contact

WINE System AG
Sonja Hartung

Daxa 8
83112 Frasdorf
Tel. +49 8032-91633-20
Fax +49 8032-91633-49
hartung@winesystem.de