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The "Deutscher Weinbauverband e.V." (German Winegrowers' Association) with its headquarters in Bonn was founded in 1874 in Trier as a professional organisation of German winegrowers under the name "Deutscher Weinbauverein", which at that time was still made up of individual members. The first president was Dr. Adolph Blankenhorn (1843-1906). In 1913, a streamlined form of organisation was established under the present name. The first chairman was Franz Eberhard Buhl (1867-1921); owner of the winery Reichsrat von Buhl. Its members are the regional winegrowers' associations of the winegrowing regions in Germany, the Raiffeisen associations and the Bund der Deutschen Landjugend (BDL). The official organ is Der Deutsche Weinbau (DDW) with topics from viticulture and oenology. There is a close cooperation with the German Raiffeisen Association and the German Farmers' Association

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, whose recommendations are decided upon by the board of directors with representatives from all wine-growing regions and representatives of the cooperative associations as well as other well-known national and international organizations such as VDP, ECOVIN and OIV. The most important current topics include vine breeding and grafting, the spread of plant diseases as a result of climate change such as the migration of the disease flavescence dorée, questions of plant protection, international standardisation work, wine and health, analysis of the consumer market and foreign trade, and wine law issues.

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