Wines made from Piwi varieties will play a central role at the upcoming ProWein from 10 to 12 March 2024. "Piwis will be one of the most important trends at the trade fair," announced Messe Düsseldorf. Many European producers have now started experimenting with Piwi varieties. For example, the cooperative Winzer Krems is already relying on three wines from Piwi varieties developed in Austria: Blütenmuskateller, Donauriesling and Donauveltliner. Mushroom-resistant varieties are also being taken more and more seriously in Italy. The renowned white wine producer Roberto Anselmi from Soave cultivates the Piwi varieties Aromera, Riesling Resistente and Souvigner Gris, thus setting an important example.
The "Zukunftsweine.de" initiative, an association of around 60 producers who produce dozens of wines from Piwi varieties, was also represented as an exhibitor from Germany. Together, Piwis currently account for 3.5 per cent of the total German vineyard area.
Fungal infestation is currently one of the biggest challenges in organic viticulture. However, the natural properties of Piwis make it possible that only two to three applications of organic plant protection products are necessary during the vegetation phase. This corresponds to a cost reduction of around 80 per cent with a simultaneous reduction in CO2. Piwi varieties are the grape varieties of the next generation and an important building block of future viticulture, according to a statement from the trade fair.
(ru / Messe Düsseldorf)