The regional group PIWI South Tyrol

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  • Thomas Niedermayr – President
  • Johannes Meßner – Vice President
  • Manager Andreas – cashier
  • Michael Gamper
  • Patrick Uccelli
  • Anna Morandell
  • Simon Lemayr

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20 years of PIWI South Tyrol

...must be celebrated! That's why we cordially invite you to come
PIWI Symposium on November 30, 2023 in the NOI Techpark in Bolzano a.

You can expect interesting lectures on the breeding of new varieties, new findings and developments on the acceptance and marketing of PIWI varieties, as well as exciting panel discussions with renowned, international speakers from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. We offer a colorful supporting program with tastings new and well-known varieties and sufficient opportunities for exchange.

8:30 Welcome and introduction to the event
Thomas Niedermayr, PIWI South Tyrol

8:40 Greetings from the guests of honor

8:55 20 years of Piwi in South Tyrol Founding members PIWI South Tyrol

9:15 Overview of the testing of fungus-tolerant grape varieties at the Laimburg experimental center
Josef Terleth, Laimburg Experimental Center

9:35 Status of the breeding program at the Julius Kühn Institute, Institute for Vine Breeding Geilweilerhof after almost 100 years of quality and resistance breeding
Reinhard Töpfer, Julius Kühn Institute, Institute for Vine Breeding Geilweilerhof

10:10 break

10:30 INRAE-ResDur: the French grapevine breeding program for durable resistance to downy and powdery mildew
            Pere Mestre, INRAE

11:05 breeding and other opportunities for other resistances: the futuro sostenibile
            Riccardo Velasco, CREA-VE

11:30 Resistant varieties: new perspectives for a more sustainable viticulture

11:45 Discussion on new varieties and new possibilities of breeding
           Pere Mestre, Rein hard Töpfer, Silvia Vezzulli, Riccardo Velasco, Elisa De Luca
           Moderation: Carlo Andreotti

12:30 lunch break with open tasting of PIWI wines of new and well-known varieties

13:45 Oenological implementation of innovative wine styles from PIWI varieties
Ulrich Fischer, DLR Rheinpfalz

14:20 PIWIS in Austria: Current situation, trends, marketing
Wolfgang Renner, PIWI Austria

2:45 p.m. break

15:15 PIWIs in a marketing context – presentation of the results from the VitiFIT project
Christoph Kiefer, Geisenheim University

3:40 p.m. PIWI marketing: Innovative grape varieties need innovative communication
Olivier Geissbühler, Delinat

16:05 Future wines
Eva Vollmer, Eva Vollmer wines

16:30 SUWIR project at the University of Bozen: Towards sustainable viticulture: wines from resistant grape varieties in South Tyrol
            Emanuele Boselli, Federica Viganò, Guido Orzes

5:00 p.m. Final discussion on the “PIWI” brand and marketing
Olivier Geissbühler, Gergely Szolnoki, Eva Vollmer, Alexander Morandell, Wolfgang Renner, Ulrich Fischer, Federica Viganò, Boselli Emanuele

5:45 p.m. Closing of the event
Thomas Niedermayr, PIWI South Tyrol

6:00 p.m. Open tasting of PIWI wines of new and well-known varieties, light dinner and an open conclusion with music

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Dial-up link (always remains the same)
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