San Michele Appiano

Established in 1907, the San Michele Appiano winery is today considered to be one of the best wineries in Alto Adige and Italy. It presently has 350 members, 370 hectares of vineyard and produces 2.5 million bottles every year. The winery is in the fortunate position to have at its disposal some of the best vineyards in the area: Sanct Valentin, Gleif, and Schulthaus, as well as the Sattel, Montiggl, and Pagis vineyards and some estates in Überetsch. The Sanct Valentin range is the cru line of San Michele Appiano. The vines are between 20 and 40 years old and are in the heart of the traditional Eppan white wine area. These vineyards are at an altitude of between 590 and 620 metres above sea level with a South to South-eastern exposure. The expertise of Master Winemaker, Hans Terzer, led the Gambero Rosso to rank him among the 'Top 10 Master Winemakers in the World' in 2000. In the same year the winery itself was named 'Winery of the Year' by the Gambero Rosso, the first time a co-operative was awarded this accolade.