The regional winegrowers' association (FWS) in South Tyrol with the Italian name "Vignaioli dell'Alto Adige" was founded in 1999 by 12 winegrowers. Members are family wineries and wineries with producer bottling in South Tyrol. It is not a winegrowers' cooperative, but an association of self-marketing winegrowers. They are comparable with the VDP (Association of German Prädikat Wineries). The main goals are to promote traditional viticulture and South Tyrolean wine culture, as well as to represent and support the member companies. This includes activities in wine-growing committees, advice on wine-law and technical matters, organisation of joint presentations and advertising, training courses, fact-finding trips, circulars, and the regular publication of a winery guide.