About the International DWV-Congress

Viticulture 4.0

Under the patronage of the OIV (International Organisation for Vine and Wine), the German Winegrowers’ Association (DWV) will be hosting an international congress to coincide with the INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA 2018, the technology trade fair for wine, juice and special crops, which will be taking place from 4 to 6 November 2018.

The wine industry's congress events are being organised in conjunction with the Forschungsring des Deutschen Weinbaus (FDW), the Ausschuss für Technik im Weinbau (ATW), the Bund Deutscher Oenologen (BDO), the Bundesverband Ökologischer Weinbau (ECOVIN) and German research and educational institutions and are to be brought together within the 63rd International DWV-Congress.

The main topic for the 63rd International DWV-Congress will be ‘Viticulture 4.0’.

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The challenges and opportunities associated with digitisation across the production process and in marketing are to be illuminated by international experts from the fields of science and practical applications. An additional highlight will be the issue of risk management in response to the consequences of climate change in the Danubian Region. It is hoped that it will be possible to initiate an exchange of experiences between central and eastern European wine regions here. Additional meetings will also be focusing on such topics as ‘Wine, Tourism and Architecture’, ‘Organic Wine-growing’ and ‘Wine Marketing’.

The congress will be translated simultaneously in German and English (exceptions are some sessions). At the conference "Viticulture 4.0 - Digitisation in the Process Chain", parts of the conference will also be translated into French.


The 63rd International DWV-Congress will be the place where scientists and researchers focusing on practical applications, industrial and smaller-scale suppliers of innovative methods and services, as well as wine experts with executive roles and leading companies will be coming together.


The congress is to be accompanied by an attractive framework programme that will constitute the link to the INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA technology trade fair:

The tractor, sowing equipment and harvesting machine demonstrations with accompanying explanations by leading experts of the ATW are always popular with visitors. Representatives from German research and educational institutions along with national and international market leaders will be presenting their innovative prototypes for advancing automation in the cultivation of wine and special crops at the ‘Drones and Robots’ show.


Visitors to the trade fair will not only be able to discover more about the production of wine but also experience it first hand in the tasting zone. This is the place where they will be able to ‘sample the technique’ and discover more about the wine-making and wine-growing issues that German research and educational institutions are tackling. Guided tastings to illuminate these aspects will take place twice daily.