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The "German Wine Association eV" based in Bonn was founded as a professional organization of German winegrowers in 1874 in Trier under the name "German Wine Association", which was then composed of individual members. The first president was dr. Adolph Blankenhorn (1843-1906). In 1913, a tight organizational form was established under its current name. The first chairman was Franz Eberhard Buhl (1867-1921); Owner of the winery Reichsrat von Buhl, Members are the regional winegrowing associations of the growing areas in Germany, the Raiffeisenverbandes and the Bund der Deutschen Landjugend (BDL). The official organ is The German viticulture (DDW) with topics from viticulture and oenology, There is close cooperation with the German Raiffeisenverband u. the German Farmers Association.

The DWV sees itself as a platform to organize the exchange of knowledge and information between science / research, the supply industry and viticulture practice. This is done continuously through the organization of its working groups, on whose recommendations the board of directors with representatives from all wine regions and representatives of the cooperative associations as well as other well-known national and international organizations such as VDP. ECOVIN and OIV Resolutions passed. Among the most important current topics are vines breeding and finishing, Spread of plant diseases as a result of climate change like the migration of the disease Flavescence dorée, Questions about plant protection, international standards, wine and health, Analysis consumer market and foreign trade as well wine law Ask.

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