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Dear member,

in this period there are numerous events that are extremely important for us PIWI International winegrowers, members and PIWI enthusiasts and that we would like to draw your attention to. Not all of them are large trade fairs; There are also the small, fine tastings that our regional associations organize in the regions and bring PIWI wines closer to the consumers.

At the end of February, the board of PIWI International held its first board meeting at the Valtice Wine Centre in South Moravia. Perfectly organized by our Czech board members Frantisek Madl and Jiri Sedlo, intensive work was carried out over two days and cooperation with the National Wine Center was agreed.

Preparations are in full swing for us online general meeting on the 18th of March, at which PIWI International will be founded as an umbrella organization after a long discussion and the new statutes will be adopted.

There is also news regarding the PIWI International Wine Challenge 2024! After two difficult years of transition, it will be presented in a new guise and organized in the Czech Republic for the first time. Why we are meeting in northern Germany in the summer also has a story that we want to tell you right now.


PIWI General Meeting - March 18, 6 pm (online)

This time the PIWI general meeting will take place online remotely.
Member registration

The agenda, the minutes of the last general meeting and the new statutes are sent to the members.

PIWI International Wine Challenge NEW

After two years of interim organization of the PIWI International Wine Challenge, this year we have found a solution that guarantees professional organization in cooperation with the national wine center in Valtice. This gives our members a great opportunity to have their wines tasted in an extremely modern environment with colleagues from all over Europe and beyond (according to the OIV 100-point scheme). The good thing is that the income remains with the association after deduction of the costs and we can also keep the contribution costs relatively low.

The winning wines will be presented at a separate event.

Date: June 6, 2024
Detailed information will follow immediately after the general meeting.


Board of Directors PIWI International

PIWI International board retreat

From 22 - 25 February, a PIWI board retreat took place for the first time at the National Wine Center in Valtice, where we were very generously received by our Czech board members and representatives of the wine industry.

After two days of intensive discussions on various topics (umbrella organization, structure, budget, delegates' meeting, brand book, etc.), we were also able to visit Frantisek Madl and Milos Michlovsky's estates. They generously shared their challenges and experiences with us and, with a PIWI share of over 5%, the Czech Republic also plays a kind of pioneering role in the PIWI movement. We were also able to taste the sensory benefits of Michlovsky's new varieties - some of which certainly have the potential to be cultivated and marketed as successful PIWI wines in other countries.


Association Interna

  • April 15: PIWI Germany General Meeting
  • 18 May: PIWI Italy General Assembly
  • 7 June: PIWI Austria General Assembly

Events & trade fairs

  • 17 – 18 March: PIWI Tasting Vision Mosel in Die Mosel - Traben-Trarbach. Learn more.
  • April 4 - 7: SlowFood trade fair in Stuttgart - PIWI Germany presents PIWI wines.
  • April 8th 6:00 p.m.: PIWI Summit. Registration.
  • 3 – 4 May: PIWI Wines: exploring global perspectives starting from Solaris | Forni di Sotto (UD). info and registration


Rattey Castle

PIWI Members' Trip & Delegates' Meeting

Our annual members' trip will take place again from 10 - 12 August. This time we will be traveling to the north of Germany with a detour to Poland. Here we will visit the PIWI winery Schloss Rattey, one of our members, and go on day trips to the Baltic Sea, visit the largest PIWI winery in Poland in Baniewice and have plenty of time to socialize with other members of PIWI International.

The programs in brief:

  • Thursday August 10th, 2024: Arrival in the afternoon, guided tour and dinner
  • Friday August 11th, 2024: Morning delegates' meeting with board election. Afternoon trip to Usedom and factory tour
  • Saturday 08/12/2024: Wine trip to Baniewice (Poland) with tasting and guided tour at Winnica Turnau, visit to another PIWI winery near Szczecin (Winnice Kojder) followed by a trip to the Baltic Sea (Kaiserbäder)
  • Sunday August 13th, 2024: Departure or extension day with excursion

Costs for members: 350€
includes bus journey, lunch (Fri & Sat), dinner (Tue & Fri, incl. drinks) and all guided tours; Saturday afternoon or evening is free (each member can take one accompanying person at the same price)
Costs for non-members: 420€

Registration for the program is via:
Only the paid amount guarantees a fixed place! We have a total of 40 places - registrations will be ranked according to the date of receipt.

Overnight stay
Overnight stay at the Weinwerk (hotel in the castle park):
Single room 85€ with breakfast; double room 115€ with breakfast in the castle park.
The rooms in the castle hotel are slightly more expensive (upon request).
Hotel bookings must be made directly with the hotel: or by phone +49 3968 25500.


PIWI column on our website

The column is available to all PIWI members and is a good opportunity to exchange ideas and information with each other, regardless of whether it is about information on specialist events or personal comments on viticulture and industry topics.
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You can find more events on our website: to the event calendar

We thank you for your trust and look forward to shaping the future of viticulture together with you!

Alexander Morandell & PIWI International Board


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