News from PIWI International - December

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Dear newsletter subscribers!

A successful PIWI year is coming to an end and the new one is already casting its joyful shadows ahead!
In the following, we report about our PIWI meeting in Neustadt a. W. and we can already announce the dates for next year:
From June 21 to 24, our annual PIWI meeting with our members' meeting and field trip will take place in Krems/Austria. We are very happy to announce that "Winzer Krems eG" will organize a PIWI Symposium on Thursday with the support of PIWI Austria / PIWI International.
Save the date! The program will follow shortly.

Group photo of members meeting

PIWI International Meeting from November 11 to 13, 2022 in Neustadt ad Weinstrasse - Germany

Members of the association "PIWI International" from Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands met in Neustadt aW for the annual general meeting with elections of the board. The vast program over the three days provided much input and also left room for talks and discussions: Visit of the vine nursery Freytag, lectures at the wine campus Neustadt, general meeting, dinner with wine tasting of the winning wines and visit at the winery Mohr -Gooding.
We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Josef Engelhart for his work on the board, but who did not stand for re-election. Heinrich Leutenberger was elected as his successor on the board.

click here for the full report

Diego Weber was appointed to the board as an assessor. He will support the board and thus the association with his ideas and activities in external communication and will be leading the working group "Expansion and Strategy" of PIWI International.
Diego Weber
The first actions planned are:

- Launching a new column: by PIWI members for PIWI members.
- Organization of the first digital and International PIWI Summit
on Monday, January 16, 2023.
- Joint appearance at the Winzer-Service Fair 2023 with PIWI Germany as
co-exhibitor of the Amorim Stage
- Production of a multilingual podcast series for PIWI International on EU viticulture policy (Green Deal, approval procedures, etc.) and new varieties.
- Negotiations with potential cooperation partners (eg suppliers, service providers and umbrella labels) on cost benefits for PIWI members to make membership more attractive.

... but let's take a closer look at some aspects straight away.

PIWI Column

The column will be available to all PIWI members in the future. It serves the public (picture and name) and multilingual exchange of personal opinions about professional events or industry topics to give our collective effort more visibility.

A first start...



PIWI Summit

Our first online - PIWI Summit will take place on Monday 16 January 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.
Free of charge for members & invited guests, for non-members the fee is €49.00 incl. VAT. The language is English.

1. Innovation: revolutionary barrels for conservative-free natural wine production from Moldova.
2. Viticulture: best practice in red winemaking from Switzerland.
3. PIWI International: Development & Vision 2023 with transnational strategy.
4. Plant protection: approval procedure of plant protection products and consequences due to the Green Deal

Conclusion: Discussions on the presentations and beyond.
Register now!
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Italy and its current PIWI events

A. photo album on Facebook shows the successful event.

The first PIWI-only event started in Venice on December 3. About thirty producers from three regions were present and showcased their wines.
A round table and two master classes provided an opportunity for a wide exchange of experiences and the tastings offered the opportunity to discover the diversity of different wine styles of PIWIs.

Rassegna dei vini da uve resistenti

The great challenge of resistant vines - Success for the 2nd PIWI - Wine Competition in Italy

Already for the second time, the national edition of this tasting took place "for the promotion of sustainable grape varieties", organized by the Edmund Mach Foundation. In the presence of renowned international experts in the fields of genetic research and sustainable viticulture, the award ceremony took place to the awarded wineries. The event, supported by the Consortium for Wine Innovation and the PIWI International Association, was attended by 44 Italian wineries.

continue reading and checking on the results

Distribution of members by country


New members in new territories:

The international PIWI family continues to grow: We welcome new members from Norway and Japan!

Not a member yet? Become part of the international PIWI network.

We wish you a successful conclusion of the year, peaceful holidays and a good start to an interesting and eventful PIWI year 2023.

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