The PIWI Germany association

Executive Board

headquarters of the association  PIWI Germany registered association
Andreas Dilger, Urachstrasse 3, 79102 Freiburg i.Br.

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  • Cooperation with - benefit as a member of PIWI Germany.
    There is a cooperation between PIWI International and that aims to promote the association and its members on In this webinar, which lasts no more than 10 minutes, Utz Graafmann will show how you as a winery can benefit from this.
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  • 24.10.23 PIWI International Wine Challenge 

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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|

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|

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|

Trains named after PIWI varieties in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is divided into 14 regions, one of which is the South Moravian Region. About 94 % of the country's 18 thousand hectares of vineyards are in this region. The region has decided to gradually buy 37 new trains from the Škoda Group starting in 2022 and to name them after the grape varieties grown here. A total of 61 grape varieties are permitted for quality wine in the Czech Republic, including 13 PIWI varieties. Of the new trains, 4 will carry PIWI variety names: Hibernal, Erilon, Malverina and Savilon. The photos show the first PIWI trains that are already on their way through the region.

Jiří Sedlo

Train Savilon (photo train driver Michal Špak)
Photo: train driver Michal Špak
Train Malverina (photo David Brychta)
Photo: David Brychta

April 5, 2023|

Cooperation with Benefit as a member of PIWI-International!

There is a cooperation between PIWI International and that aims to promote the association and its members on In this webinar, which lasts no more than 10 minutes, Utz Graafmann will show how you as a winery can benefit from this.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 6 p.m. (the webinar will be recorded)

To registration

Sell wine successfully with for wineries

Find out how you, as a winery, can maximize your wine sales, find stockists across Europe and get support in the sales process. Learn methods to increase the visibility of your winery on and increase your sales figures. Use to bring additional visitors to your winery or to advertise events.
Language: German
Duration: 20 minutes

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February 3, 2023|

Portrait of red PIWIs

... Cultivation suitability, grape variety characteristics and taste profiles of selected red PIWI grape varieties.

The first generation of PIWI vines were grown around 1900 in Colmar, among other places bred (Ambrosi, 2011). This first generation consisted of direct crossings of American/Asian wild vines and European wine grapes. Breeding goal was not only to reduce mildew control measures, but also to protect against phylloxera. As is well known, chemical plant protection and the planting of grafted vines have become established. Breeders like Kuhlmann crossed varieties like Léon Millot or Marechal Foch. During Nazism, these vines were mostly due to "non-Aryan origin" (American and Asian genetic material). forcibly cleared. After the Second World War, the vines, including in France, were used to produce brandy (Armagnac) until the 1960s. Further vineyards were cleared as a result of support programs initiated in France. Today, grape varieties of the first PIWI generation are primarily found in Switzerland, Austria and a few companies in southern Germany.

December 10, 2022|

PIWI is developing into a quality mark - PIWI Wine Challenge 2022

High level at the PIWI International Wine Challenge 2022

President Alexander Morandell Wine Queen Katrin Lang-Georg Börsig

Gone are the days when PIWI vines were grown primarily for environmental reasons. There are now many very good wines made from PIWI varieties, as well as numerous internationally committed winegrowers who can draw on a lot of experience with PIWIs both in viticulture and in winemaking and who bottle the best wines, which the PIWI International Wine Challenge 2022 has fully confirmed . Two thirds of the wines received SILVER or GOLD, even TOP GOLD. The high quality was generally confirmed by the visitors at the subsequent public tasting, for which all the wines were presented according to the blind evaluation. The PIWI mark, which PIWI members are allowed to put on the labels of their wines, can be considered something of a quality mark. And so PIWI wines bring environmental protection and enjoying good wines together and can be considered an important future of wine.


November 2, 2022|

Katrin Lang visits PIWI International Wine Challenge

Source: German Wine Queen – News


"The German wine nation has been dealing with the topic of PIWIs and sustainable viticulture for several years: Wine producers are also planting more and more robust grape varieties at an international level," said German Wine Queen Katrin Lang during her visit to the PIWI International Wine Challenge 2022 in Kappelrodeck-Waldulm.

The PIWI International working group has launched a competition for the first time: At the PIWI International Wine Challenge 2022, a total of over 180 wines from Germany and the surrounding wine-growing nations were entered and evaluated in five categories by a specialist jury.

To the results of the top winners


October 27, 2022|

The country needs new grape varieties...

Source: Tagesschau - MITTENDRIN - viticulture and climate change

Status: 09/22/2022 4:30 p.m

Long periods of drought, extreme heat and heavy rainfall: climate change and its consequences pose major challenges for winegrowers in the Rheingau. Traditional grape varieties in particular are suffering from the extreme weather.

By Jakob Schaumann, HR

Excerpt from the article ….

Save Riesling from extinction

Since 2014, the Geisenheim University of Applied Sciences has been researching what the future of viticulture could look like with a project that is unique in the world. With the FACE experiment, the researchers venture a glimpse into the atmospheric future. The expected CO2 concentration of 2050 is simulated by the targeted addition of around 20 percent carbon dioxide.

Two varieties are examined: the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is more familiar from warmer climes, and the Riesling, which is typical of the Rheingau. "Of course we are interested in how the wine will be in 2050, but above all: How will the plant react?" says Hans Reiner Schultz, President of the university. It is about the water consumption and the structure of the fruit, because the more compact a fruit is, the more susceptible it is to rot.

It is already apparent today that this could become a problem for Riesling. The increased CO2 concentration leads to increased photosynthesis and stronger berry growth; this makes the Riesling vines more compact and therefore more susceptible to mold growth. To ensure that the Riesling does not die out in the Rheingau, the University breeds Riesling vines that can cope better with climate change and have looser berry growth overall.

September 23, 2022|
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