St. Michael Eppan
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.
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Cellar Master Hanz Terzer brings all of his skills into play for the premium line, Sanct Valentin. Sourcing exclusively from the top growths of the wine-growing municipality of Eppan, he composes elegant, complex and multi-dimensional wines characterized by exquisite minerality, delicate aromas and good aging potential. Each and every bottle is a pleasurable experience and speaks of St. Michael-Eppan’s resolve in maintaining consistent quality across the board – in whites and reds alike. The name giver and godfather of the premium line, by the way, is the stately fifteenth-century Sankt Valentin Manor, where the line was launched in 1986, setting new standards for South Tyrol’s wine culture. Today, the name Sanct Valentin stands for international esteemed and prestigious top wines,
and has risen far above the Sankt Valentin vineyard sites.
The single-vineyard wines of the Selection Line are ambassadors of their terroir, reflecting the strengths of the various sites in a unique way. In most cases they are from selected vineyards where wine has been produced for centuries. The wines are fermented partly in steel and partly in oak barrels, depending on the variety, thus obtaining a complex fullness and the finest aromas. Strict quality guidelines, intense manual labor and extensive vineyard maintenance make them what they are: select wines that are full of character and tightly structured. With extremely low yields, precise and profound wines come into being – wines whose varietal character will win over every connoisseur.
This line stands for traditionally vinified, archetypal South Tyrolean white, red and rosé wines. They speak to the special microclimate and the differing soils of the Eppan winegrowing zone. After careful manual harvesting, the wines – with the exception of the reds – are matured in stainless-steel tanks and are put on the market as early as spring.
Varietal typicity, pure aromas and lighter drinking enjoyment are the distinguishing characteristics of this line. These wines promise an honest and genuine drinking enjoyment with an optimal ratio or price to quality.
”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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 – â€‹â€‹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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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