20 years PIWI International e.V.

The use of pesticides can be massively reduced with fungus-resistant grape varieties. In addition to ecological advantages, the new varieties also offer economic advantages for winegrowers. With the new varieties, consumers receive wines that are largely residue-free and discover many new aroma variations. The 1st PIWI Symposium will show which new varieties are coming onto the market in the various European countries. The tastings make it possible to discover the already existing variety of PIWI wines and to get to know the wines of the future. In the panel discussion the topic can be discussed extensively.

1st. International PIWI Symposium: "New innovative grape varieties"
on the Celebration of 20 Years of "PIWI International" - August, 9th 2019 in Wädenswil

The most important in an overview:

August, 9th 2019
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Campus RA Reidbach
Einsiedlerstr. 55
8820 Wädenswil
90 € / 100 CHF for members of PIWI International e.V. - 110 € / 120 CHF for notmembers
Contact person / Organizer
Josef Engelhart
PIWI International e.V.



Registration and arrival of guests, foyer
Prof. Dr. Peter Schumacher, ZHAW Wädenswil
20 years of pioneering work by PIWI-International e.V.
Josef Engelhart, Präsident PIWI-International, LWG Veitshöchheim Deutschland
CO2 and crop protection savings through PIWI cultivation
Fredi Strasser, Winzer, PIWI- und Biopionier, Schweiz
Breeding of new fungus tolerant grape varieties - viticulture under the sign of climate change
Ernst Weinmann, Abteilung Weinbau, WBI Freiburg, Deutschland
Current PIWI grape varieties of the HBLA and BA for wine and fruit growing Klosterneuburg
Donauriesling, Donauveltliner, Muscat and Pinot nova flowers
Dr. Ferdinand Regner, HBLA Klosterneuburg, Österreich
Coffee break
Producing residue-free wines with PIWI grape varieties from Valentin Blattner
Valentin Blattner, Rebenzüchter, Schweiz
Disease-resistant varieties from VIVAI COOPERATIVI RAUSCEDO
Dr. Asia Khafizova, VCR Rauscedo, Italy
DEFR Agroscope breeding innovation for environmentally friendly viticulture:
new multi-resistant grape varieties Divico and Divona.
Jean Laurent-Spring, Ing. Agr. EPFZ, Agroscope Schweiz
Split into two groups, changing around 13:45
1. Tasting of the PIWI grape varieties presented in the foyer
2. Lunch in the Rosenmattpark
Panel discussion: «PIWI = THE WINE OF THE FUTURE! »
Gesprächsleitung Thomas Vaterlaus, Vinum Chefredaktor
Josef Engelhart, Präsident PIWI International, Deutschland
Dr. Ferdinand Regner, HBLA Klosterneuburg, Österreich
Martin Bossard, Präsident Agrar-Allianz, Schweiz
Kaspar Wetli, Präsident des Deutschschweizer Branchenverbandes, Schweiz
"Walking tasting" in the vineyard garden of the wine growing centre
Three groups in alternation: Project Dreistand - Winery am See,
Agroscope PIWI test facilities, tasting of new PIWI grape varieties: PIWI-International
End of the Symposiums, ZHAW Wädenswil, Campus Reidbach