Grower Website St. Michael-Eppan Region: Italy - Alto Adige

The innovative winery situated along the Wine Route, is considered one of the best wineries in South Tyrol and Italy. St. Michael Eppan Winery, with its 355 members, 350 hectares of vineyard and 2.5 million bottles sold every year, has become renowned worldwide. The “Sanct Valentin” label alone is enough to thrill wine lovers and connoisseurs.

WINEMAKER
Anton Zublasing, Hans Terzer and Günther Neumair run the St. Michael Eppan Winery along with a dynamic and motivated team of 35 associates.

Since 1977, Hans Terzer, Master Winemaker of the winery, has been regarded as one of the most respected connoisseurs of white wine in Italy. Indeed the “Gambero Rosso,” Italy’s prestigious wine guide, named him “WINEMAKER 2000.” Hans Terzer focuses particularly on white wines. In a relatively short space of time, with his Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, the winemaker has produced the cream of white wines in Italy. The main characteristics of his wines are clean aromas, pleasant balanced acidity and above all a harmony which makes tasting them a complete pleasure. The Sanct Valentin line pays homage to the perfection of these wines. The Pinot Noir, the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Lagrein and the Merlot, which have recently been added to the Sanct Valentin line, prove that Hans Terzer also has the magic touch with South Tyrol’s great red wines. Terzer is a pioneer who works with the characteristic obstinacy of the South Tyroleans, as well as with ambition, but above all, with technical competence and constant commitment. He has always been keen to explore and experiment new ways to improve the quality of his wines. The St. Michael Eppan Winery was one of the first wineries in South Tyrol to introduce the barrique refining system.

Country Italy
Region Alto Adige
Appellation(s) Alto Adige
Proprietors 350 growers
Founded 1907
Winemaker Hans Terzer
Annual Production 40,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable, organic, biodynamic

VINEYARDS
Our work begins in the vineyard. Climate, topography and soil comprise the natural habitat of the vines. It is our job to care for this habitat and cultivate it in the most natural and environmentally-friendly way possible. Our land is our most important asset. Through our environmentally-friendly work in the vineyard, we maintain the biological equilibrium of the vine in a natural way. The vegetation between the rows regulates air circulation and the water balance of the soil promotes the formation of humus, protects against erosion and creates the ideal environment for useful insects. Where necessary, we prefer to use organic fertilizers rather than chemical ones. In fact, the biological fungicide treatment is becoming more and more popular. The choice of the most suitable grape variety for a specific area depends on the soil structure and microclimate. The traditional South Tyrolean viticultural method has always been the pergola one, but today it is being replaced by the French wire frame system, also known as Guyot. This system is mostly used in flat or not so steep vineyards, with the exception of the Schiava, because it is economical and simple and yields greater quality wines in smaller quantities.

WINERY
Tradition and experience characterize the 97 year history of the St. Michael Eppan Winery. Founded in June 1907 during economically trying times, the cooperative already showed a commitment in its nascent years to the support of quality wine production and to ensuring a reasonable income to winegrowers. In 1909 the winery building was finished in an Art Nouveau style. The plans for the cellar and the construction methods used were way ahead of their time. Indeed, the main parts of the building are still fully operational today. After a long period of expansion, modernization and adaptation to meet modern demands, the recent extensive restoration work represents the latest important development in the history of our Winery. Ancient versus new, traditional versus modern, all combine beautifully to create a harmonious and functional symbiosis. To ensure the best quality wines, our winery continues to use the typical wooden casks that date back to its foundation, as well as the state-of-the-art winemaking techniques. The administrative offices and hospitality rooms are new and elegantly furnished. The new sales area at the entrance to the winery, distinctly Mediterranean in flavor, welcomes in visitors to taste and discover the great wines of the St. Michael Eppan Winery.

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area
Total – 350 ha
Chardonnay Chardonnay Planted 1985 – 2010 Limestone gravel & moraine debris N/A
Gewurztraminer Gewurztraminer Planted 1985 – 2005 Limestone gravel , some clay N/A
Lagrein Lagrein Planted 1995 – 2010 Moraine debris & sandy alluvial N/A
Pinot Bianco Pinot Bianco Planted 1985 – 2010 Limestone gravel, some clay N/A
Pinot Grigio Pinot Gris Planted 1980 – 2010 Calcareous pebbly N/A
Pinot Grigio Anger Pinot Gris Planted 1985 – 2005 Limestone gravel N/A
Pinot Bianco Schulthauser Pinot Bianco Planted 1975 – 2005 Limestone gravel & clay N/A
Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Planted 1990 – 2005 Moraine debris & limestone gravel N/A
Sanct Valentin Sauvignon Sauvignon Blanc Planted 1987 – 2005 Limestone gravel N/A
Sauvignon Lahn Sauvignon Blanc Planted 1990 – 2005 Limestone gravel N/A