Free webinars on the nutritional table & e-labels with Holger Kiefer and Winestro

DATES: Thursday September 7th, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thursday November 9th, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m

The introduction of the e-label is getting closer and closer: We are therefore offering free webinars on the topic for everyone in the wine industry. On these dates, I will explain to you exactly from the point of view of a lawyer specializing in wine law what there is to consider about nutritional declarations and e-labels, and the Winestro.Cloud team will present the most important points on how you can deal with the topic for you in the coming year can solve the problem technically in a relaxed manner.


August 30, 2023|

Souvignier gris: fruity or Burgundian?

Author Wolfgang Renner
Souvignier girs

According to multiple applications in 2023, there are 66 hectares of the Souvignier gris grape variety in Austria. This proves to be a versatile representative of the group
of fungus-resistant grape varieties (PIWI). Current grafting figures suggest a further increase in area. Several years of experience in
Cultivation and expansion from Styria shows the characteristics of this variety.

The Piwi grape variety Souvignier gris (pronounced Suvinje grie) was bred in 1983 by Norbert Becker (1937 – 2012) at the State Viticulture Institute in Freiburg im Breisgau (D). Originally, the parentage Cabernet Sauvignon x Bronner was assumed. However, a genome analysis disproved this assumption. Souvignier gris is actually a cross between Seyval Blanc x Zähringer.

In any case, Souvignier gris is an interesting newcomer. The German breed from the Freiburg im Breisgau Wine Institute is enjoying increasing popularity in most Austrian wine-growing regions. Depending on the ripeness of the berries and the way the grapes and must are processed, this grape variety can produce many different variants - from simple quality wine to excellent quality sparkling wine.
Previous experiences also show that Souvignier gris is able to represent the terroir of an area or a location well.

to the article with graphics - Source: Der Winzer 08/2023

August 29, 2023|

PIWI WINZER STAMMTISCH always on the last Monday of the month!

The desire to have an opportunity for informal exchange with fellow winegrowers has already been expressed several times. There should now be a digital winemaker regulars’ table for this. We cordially invite you, themselves on the last Monday of every monthats at 6:00 p.m. for an exchange in the virtual room. The regulars' table will organized alternately by different national groupsto shed light on the diverse facets of our association.

The first digital regulars’ table will take place on Monday 28 August 2023 at 6 p.m in German, followed by the second on September 25th in English and planned on October 30th in Italian.

Dial-up link (always remains the same)
Meeting ID 868 7971 2269

Registration is not required.

The other regulars’ table dates as well as all dates on the subject of PIWI can be found in our Calendar on website.

August 28, 2023|

Survey on participation in the EUROVINO in Karlsruhe from March 3rd to 4th, 2024

In the coming year there will be a new platform for wine producers, marketers and buyers with a focus on the European market:

"EUROVINO 2024 - The trade fair for wine" from March 3rd to 4th, 2024 in Karlsruhe

PIWI Germany and PIWI International have discussed within the board that we would like to enable our members to participate and have therefore inquired about the possibility of 2 stand variants based on approx. 10 mx 4 m for 10 stands.


August 26, 2023|

PIWI food summit in Vienna

August 24, 2023|

PIWI appointments – always with you on your smartphone!

We are happy to announce that the PIWI International calendar can now be subscribed to directly on your smartphone! Don't miss any more events, meetings or important appointments and stay up to date.

The calendar contains important events, competitions and meetings related to PIWI. Whether you're a member or just curious, the calendar is a quick and easy way to keep track of all relevant dates.

Subscribe to the calendar using the link below:
This way you can ensure that you don't miss any events and are always well informed.

We look forward to welcoming you to the upcoming events and exploring the fascinating world of PIWI wines together!

Your PIWI International team

August 8, 2023|

Competition: New / innovative grape varieties

Largest PIWI competition in the German-speaking region!

Graz, July 2023

In the fifth year, the Austrian PIWI wine competition "New / innovative grape varieties" again brought an increase in the number of participating companies and registered wines. The top-class international jury was able to evaluate PIWI wines from all the important wine-growing federal states.


July 27, 2023|

Interest in PIWIs is also increasing in Austria

Contribution and source Olivier Geissbühler DELINAT

On June 22, 2023 took place in Krems, Austria German-language PIWI symposium instead of. It was organized and carried out by the «Winzer Krems» cooperative and «PIWI Austria» in cooperation with PIWI International. International scientists, vine growers and winemakers spoke about their experiences and the importance of new varieties for the future of viticulture. Here are a few insights that became (again) clear to me that day.

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July 24, 2023|

Newly approved PIWI varieties in the wine regions of Europe

In the Official Journal of the EU C 222 of June 26, 2023, a new (PIWI) variety was approved for the PDO "Champagne". The Voltis variety has been added to the existing seven main varieties. The maximum permitted grape yield is 15.5 t/ha.

A notice on the creation of the new German PGI "Großräschener See" was published in the Official Journal of the EU C 222 on 26/06/2023. The cultivated varieties are the PIWI varieties Solaris, Cabernet blanc, Johanniter and Pinotin. The PGI is located in Brandenburg on the Großräschener See, near the border with Saxony. The maximum yield is set at 90 hl/ha.

In the Official Journal of the EU C 230 of June 30, 2023, the approval of new varieties (PIWI) for the PGI "Pays d'Hérault" (near Montpellier) was granted. A total of 17 new PIWI varieties were added and 18 old varieties that are no longer used were removed. The newly approved PIWI varieties are Artaban N, Bronner B, Cabernet blanc B, Cabernet Cortis N, Floreal B, Johanniter B, Monarch N, Muscaris B, Pinotin N, Prior N, Saphira B, Sauvignac B, Solaris B, Soreli B, Souvigner gris B, Vidoc N and Voltis B. (N=Noir, B= Blanc)

Jiří Sedlo, July 18, 2023

July 21, 2023|

PIWI grape variety Calardis Musqué receives plant variety protection

csm_PI2023-2_Bild1_Calardis_Musque_Traube_2abef71cef download website JKIThe white grape variety cultivated at the Julius Kühn Institute with pleasant exotic fruit aromas is resistant to several pathogens.

(Siebeldingen) Vine breeding takes time. This also and especially applies to the new grape variety Calardis Musqué. It was crossed in 1964 at the Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen from Bacchus and Seyval Blanc. 59 years later, the development of vine breeding at the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), the Federal Research Institute for Cultivated Plants, has now been awarded plant variety protection.

Calardis Musqué is one of the so-called PIWI (fungus-resistant grape varieties). In addition to moderate resistance to powdery mildew, downy mildew and botrytis, it also has a high resistance to black rot. These properties mean that significantly fewer pesticides have to be applied during cultivation - an important step towards more sustainable viticulture and also essential for organic cultivation.

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Lively acidity and exotic fruit notes

The wines from Calardis Musqué are sensory. The grape variety stands for a delicate muscat note reminiscent of Traminer in combination with exotic aromas such as mango, passion fruit, grapefruit and gooseberry. The lively acidity makes the wine very appealing and gives it the necessary depth. During the long test period and independent of the environmental conditions, the high quality of the wines has proven to be extraordinarily consistent. In the annual blind tastings at the Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen, which are organized by the JKI Institute for Vine Breeding, it became the favorite of the guests.

Calardis Musqué is somewhat more demanding to cultivate than other new breeds due to its stingy grape formation and tendency to trickle down. However, the increased effort in the vineyard and the possibly reduced yield depending on the weather are rewarded by the consistently high quality of the wines.

The variety has been classified for cultivation in the Federal Republic of Germany since 2021. Interested wineries can obtain the grape variety from selected vine growers. Your name refers to a historical name for the Geilweilerhof, Calardiswilre.

Wines from the new variety are in wine sale of the JKI already available:

Photos are available for download at:

Scientific contact
dr Oliver Trapp
Julius Kühn Institute, specialist institute for vine breeding Geilweilerhof
76833 Siebeldingen
Telephone: 06345/41-118

Best regards from the press office
John Kaufman
press officer
Press office in Quedlinburg and Braunschweig
Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)
Federal Research Institute for Cultivated Plants

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The Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) unites 18 specialist institutes at nine locations in Germany under one roof. Headquarters is Quedlinburg. Other locations are Braunschweig, Berlin, Kleinmachnow, Dresden, Dossenheim, Münster, Siebeldingen and Groß Lüsewitz. The Federal Research Institute for Cultivated Plants is one of four research institutes of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

April 24, 2023|

Spotlight on PIWI varieties by Edy Geiger

Since 2021, when many winegrowers were only able to keep fungal diseases under control with great difficulty, interest in PIWI vines has risen sharply. Especially because of the prospect of financial aid for new plants. PIWI pioneer Edy Geiger presents what he sees as the most promising varieties.

Source: Swiss magazine Obst + Wein April 2023

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April 13, 2023|

PIWI Pedia by Arnold Becker

PIWI-Sorten von A bis Z,   in 3 Teilen

Pilzwiderstandsfähige Rebsorten (Piwis) erfahren derzeit ein gesteigertes Interesse: Forschungen werden intensiviert, Vereinigungen zu diesem Thema gegründet und Pfropfreben mancher Sorten sind in Deutschland auf 3 Jahre hin ausverkauft. Gleichzeitig will die Zusammensetzung des Rebsortenportfolios innerhalb eines Betriebs gut über legt sein. Arno Becker vom DLR Rheinhessen-Nahe-Hunsrück möchte mit der Erstellung einer „Piwi-Pedia“ Hilfestellung geben.

Ziel dieses Beitrags ist es, vorhandenes Wissen zusammenzuführen, fortzuschreiben und einen möglichst umfassenden Überblick zu vermitteln. Schließlich werden immer wieder Erkenntnisse über Versuchsserien veröffentlicht, die zwar Teile des Themas darstellen, aber es naturgemäß nicht in der Gesamtheit abbilden können.

Zudem hat der Komplex pilzwiderstandsfähige Rebsorten eine hohe Dynamik, so dass es der Fachliteratur oft schwerfällt, Schritt zu halten.
Bei Züchterangaben werden zudem überwiegend die positiven Attribute in den Vordergrund gestellt.

Quelle: Das deutsche Weinmagazin 14.1.2023  1/2  bis 4

Teil 1 von A – C

Teil 2 von  D – P

Teil 3 von  R – Z

April 11, 2023|
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