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Welcome to
St. Michael Eppan
Winery

Grand and dignified, St. Michael-Eppan Winery has been enthroned in the center of South Tyrol’s most important wine-growing community for over a century. For more than two thousand years, wines have been grown in the area around Eppan, known for its ideal growing conditions, and it is these grapes that are being processed at St. Michael-Eppan Winery.

The 340 winemaking families that form the backbone of the winery joined forces in 1907 to create St. Michael-Eppan Winery. Their great passion is the wine with which they have been associated for generations. Offering knowledge, tradition and passion, each individual contributes to the fact that the winery is blessed with outstanding grapes, which are processed in the cellars with meticulous attention to detail and a great deal of skill.

You’re welcome to come and taste our wines in person – all you have to do is stop by.

A very warm welcome, and we look forward to meeting you!


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News

Falstaff 2016/17

We are happy to announce, that in the 2016/17 edition of Austrian Wineguide "Fallstaff", we ...

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Eurowines - Italian merchant of the year

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2016

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Decanter Panel Tasting - 2016

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Wines

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Winemaking Culture
”Respect for the grape is the top priority.“

It is in the cellars that the processing of the grapes comes to completion, and it is here that tradition meets innovative winemaking technology.
Respect for the grape is the top priority, too: nothing is more important than accepting the particularities of the individual vineyard sites and the different grape varieties.

Exceptional, fully ripe grapes are a prerequisite for high-quality wines, and they are pressed with meticulous attention paid to different vineyard sites and differences in quality. Only through individual vinification can the unique terroir be emphasized and highlighted. The wine grows towards full maturity in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels.


Stainless Steel
It’s nearly impossible to imagine the modern winemaking process without stainless steel: it is the predominant material used from fermentation all the way to wine storage. The sparkling tanks not only guarantee hygiene and cleanliness, but also ensure pure-tone vinification, which emphasizes the freshness and flavors of the grapes.

Wooden Barrels
At St. Michael-Eppan Winery the traditional maturation of the wines in oak barrels plays an important role. So the wooden barrel cellar was renovated in recent years and, in turn, equipped with large oak barrels. The huge wooden barrels are still kept in the deep barrel cellar, and special occasions are commemorated even today with splendid carvings on the ends of the barrels.

Barrique–Tonneaux
The two barrique cellars have formed the centerpiece of the winery since the ‘80s. Here, inside small French oak barrels, the most valuable and highest quality wines mature. But it is not only great red wines that mature here, but also sophisticated white wines. This maturation requires meticulous attention to detail, and results in complex wines with a perfect symbiosis of fruit and wood.


The protagonists

Hans Terzer
Winemaker
terzer.hans@stmichael.it

 

Anton Zublasing
President
office@stmichael.it
 

Günther Neumair
Managing Director
neumair.guenther@stmichael.it
 

The three people who have led St. Michael-Eppan Winery with a great deal of passion, commitment and determination for many years represent a highly seasoned team.

The President
The winegrower Anton Zublasing is not only the cooperative’s official representative for the outside world, but is also a conscientious bridge between management and the members of the cooperative winery.

The Managing Director
The managing director, Günther Neumair, supports the chairman and cellar master in a proactive way. He is responsible for all of the administrative tasks of the cooperative winery as well as for the export of its wines to more than 30 countries.

The Winemaker
Hans Terzer has been the responsible Cellar Master since 1977. He is one of the leading winemakers in Italy. In 1997, Gambero Rosso named him one of the ten best winemakers in the world, and he has been the president of the South Tyrloean Cellar Masters Association for more than 20 years. Together with the Board, he has convinced the members over the years of his rigorous quality philosophy. This path has not always been easy, but he has – ​​with a lot of creativity, sharp instincts and a good dose of ambition – ultimately made the winery what it is today: one of Italy's best.

”There is still much to do. We need to further increase quality in order to achieve our goal: to become a global leader.“

“Quality knows no compromise." Over the years, the cellar master of St. Michael-Eppan Winery has always remained true to this principle. With passion, experience, courage and meticulous attention to detail, Cellar Master Hans Terzer has brought St. Michael-Eppan Winery to the vanguard of the Italian wine world in just a few years.

Among his greatest contributions is his varietal policy, which he has emphasized strongly in the last 30 years, “Each variety needs its own special site, and quality must be fine-tuned through yield.” This passion of his holds true for white wines and red wines alike.

What was incomprehensible at first to many parties concerned has ultimately proved to be correct: an uncompromising quality policy. Terzer took over responsibility for wine production in 1977, and the wines have become better and better since then – the success now clearly visible. The first highlight of his career was when the Italian wine magazine Il Gambero Rosso named him as one of the ten best winemakers in the world in 1997. Three years later, the winery itself was named Cantina dell'anno (Winery of the Year). For years now, Il Gambero Rosso has ranked St. Michael-Eppan Winery among the top ten wine producers in Italy.

Thanks to Hans Terzer’s creativity, St. Michael-Eppan Winery has also taken a pioneering approach towards its work: in fact, it was one of the first wineries in South Tyrol to begin maturing its wines in barriques. But that's not enough for Terzer, because he has no shortage of ideas about ways to improve. The ambitious winemaker is not resting on its laurels, but wants to keep moving forward: “There is still much to do. We need to further increase quality in order to achieve our goal: to become a global leader.”

”Each variety needs its own
special site, and quality
must be fine-tuned through
yield.“

Our History

    • Good times, bad times

      For many years, the farmers of Eppan had lived well from their ... Read more

    • “Tirol isch lei oans”

      Founded in 1900, the association of winery cooperatives of German South Tyrol, ... Read more

    • Forming an alliance to survive

      In 1907, a group of 27 winegrowers from St. Michael, Berg, St. ... Read more

    • Founders meeting

      In the spring of 1907, following several emergency meetings, the winegrowers promise ... Read more

    • Purchasing land and the first setback

      Leonhard Brigl, a wine wholesaler, offers the cooperative a plot next to ... Read more

    • Be quiet, women!

      As the St. Michael winery cooperative is founded, the members are all ... Read more

    • Plan too ambitious - construction in record time

      As impressive as the façade of the house of a patrician: 4 ... Read more

    • First customers - first balance

      Barely a year after the cooperative is founded, its officers announce: “A ... Read more

    • Founding chairman resigns - salesman elected as chairman

      Founding Chairman Leonhard Steinegger throws in the towel because of the bad ... Read more

    • New beginning in another country

      A new border, a new currency, a new government and the search ... Read more

    • The first international prize

      In the second year after its foundation, the St. Michael cooperative already ... Read more

    • “Eppaner Blume” and “Perle von Eppan”


      At around the year 1910, Eppan has around 1340 hectares of ... Read more

    • A chairman who could hold his drink

      In approximately 1911, as Chairman Franz Obersteiner wants to gain a large ... Read more

    • Things are looking up - the first award!

      From the very beginning, the winery is fitted out with the latest ... Read more

    • The carved emperor

      In April 1913, the Board discusses an offer from an artist in ... Read more

    • First World War brings many changes

      When Austria declares war on the Serbian rebels on 28 July 1914, ... Read more

    • Wine deliveries to the armed forces

      Until shortly before, the subject of wine supplied to the armed forces ... Read more

    • Sulphur attack

      At the end of the war, a group of soldiers is temporarily ... Read more

    • During the war, sales are not a problem

      The longer the war lasts, the more precious wine becomes. In the ... Read more

    • Backpacks full of money

      There was no bank in Eppan until the 1920s. Before that, wine ... Read more

    • From crowns to lira

      At the start of the war in the autumn of 1914, the ... Read more

    • Recycling an ex-chairman

      Franz Obersteiner, Chairman of the St. Michael winery until 1913, continues to ... Read more

    • Fascism in South Tyrol

      Palpable measures have been taken by the authorities to “Italianise” South Tyrol ... Read more

    • The hidden emperor

      In 1923, Fascist Italy starts trying to remove all South Tyrol’s reminders ... Read more

    • Barrels, barrels, nothing but barrels!

      In 1939, the stock of the St. Michael winery cooperative comprises:
      1 ... Read more

    • Price explosion

      Towards the end of the Second World War, money devaluates so rapidly ... Read more

    • The Second World War and beyond

      The nearer the war approaches, the more the incipient inflation pushes up ... Read more

    • The end of fear

      It isn’t until 40 years after the founding of the cooperative that ... Read more

    • Quantity instead of quality

      In the first 20 years after the war, the St. Michael Eppan ... Read more

    • From barrels to bottles

      Selling wine in wooden barrels entails a number of serious drawbacks. It’s ... Read more

    • Wine lake

      In the first 20 years after the Second World War, the export ... Read more

    • Eppan in numbers

      In the 1960s, Eppan is the only community in South Tyrol where ... Read more

    • Low returns

      In 1970, the EEC introduces its first liberalisation and the more expensive ... Read more

    • Marketing in wood

      In the 1970s, the St. Michael winery cooperative sells most of its ... Read more

    • A fresh start

      In 1976, Andreas Weiss, a wine specialist teaching at the Laimburg Research ... Read more

    • Sparkling wine from St. Michael

      Over decades, the St. Michael winery had sold large quantities of white ... Read more

    • A mood of optimism

      The new Chairman Richard Stampfer gives Winemaker Hans Terzer, now aged 25, ... Read more

    • Yearly elections

      In 1982, a constitutional amendment abolishes an election practice which had been ... Read more

    • New varieties, reduced quantities and high quality

      The minutes of the 1985 General Assembly record “a not merely satisfactory ... Read more

    • Sanct Valentin

      At about the same time, Hans Terzer develops an idea which lays ... Read more

    • Where is the Sanct Valentin winery?

      The Sanct Valentin range, first bottled in 1986, features an elegant and ... Read more

    • Switching to white wine

      In the early 1990s, Hans Terzer can’t get a simple realisation out ... Read more

    • The flagship wine

      The St. Michael cooperative has been much more highly commended for its ... Read more

    • The Triumvirate

      Over the years, the question arises repeatedly in the annals of the ... Read more

    • An unbelievable success story

      In 1997, Gambero Rosso presents a list of the world’s most promising ... Read more

    • St. Michael all over the world

      The awards and a strong will to internationalise open the floodgates for ... Read more

    • 100th anniversary celebration

      The St. Michael cooperative duly celebrates its 100 year anniversary by organising ... Read more

    • Favourite wine and wine sponsorships for the jubilee year

      Gustav Thöni – ski legend and one of the most successful skiers ... Read more

    • A visit from Playboy

      When Playboy knocked at the door of the St. Michael-Eppan winery in ... Read more

    • Wine-Time

      Since summer 2013, a special kind of consummate wine experience can be ... Read more

    • Wine-Time – Experience the world of wine

      One in summer 2013 completed addition is the so-called Wine Time vinoteque, ... Read more

    • Restyling of the labels

      The St. Michael-Eppan winery first presented its slightly restyled design at the ... Read more

    • APPIUS 2010 – Hans Terzer’s dream wine

      APPIUS is the first cuvee wine to which Hans Terzer has not ... Read more