PIWI – an idea whose time has come?

Hybrid grapes used to be treated with disdain by the wine industry. Now German enthusiasm for new varieties of resistant varieties European moves against chemical treatments are helping to support their cause

PIWI wines now have their own competition

PIWI wines now have their own competition

Outside Germany, the acronym PIWI – short for Pilzwiderstandsfähig: German for ‘fungal-resistant’ is not very widely known. Effectively describing what used to be known as hybrids, it describes crossings between Vitis vinifera and other strains of Vitis that have been specifically developed – mostly in Germany and Switzerland – to need fewer treatments and potentially provide higher and more reliable yields.

Quelle: Meiningers Wine Business

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