Kellerei Kaltern – Cantina Kaltern
Cantina Kaltern has its roots in Kaltern’s four original winery cooperatives. 1986 saw the merger of the Erste Kellerei and the Neue Kellerei (founded in 1900 and 1925 respectively), and in 1992 the Bauernkellerei and the Jubiläumskellerei (founded in 1906 and 1908) also merged to form Cantina Kaltern. The last step in the creation of a combined winery was taken in 2016. More than a thousand growers are active with Kaltern, most farming less than one hectare, making cooperation the natural production strategy of choice. From 1363, Alto Adige belonged to the Habsburgs and during the reign of Emperor Franz Josef, Kaltern was an official supplier of the court in Vienna.
After the 1st. World War
In 1919, after the First World War, Alto Adige became part of Italy. The subsequent outbreak of the Second World War radically transformed the region and its network of commercial relationships. It was only in the Fifties that Kaltern wines reasserted themselves as high-profile products for export markets. The wine market underwent profound changes during the Eighties. Wine was no longer seen as a mere source of calories for back-breaking labour in the fields. It became a social phenomenon. Kaltern was one of the first wine areas in Italy to cater for consumer tastes and shift to a policy of extreme quality. That was when yields gradually began to fall from 200 quintals per hectare to today’s 75.
Cantina Kaltern's 650 members manage a vineyard surface area totaling 471 hectares, making pure, limpid wines with great mineral backbone and essential appeal. In Alto Adige, the cooperative is more than just an economic concept or company structure. Cooperation is a life style that belongs to the region’s heritage and everyday life. Cooperative associations - Vereine - operating on a voluntary, unpaid basis are the fabric of Alto Adige society. There are cooperatives for everything, from music, to the family, firefighting - even the smallest hamlet has its own volunteer fire station - and others that organize sports or celebrations.
(Source: Kellerei Kaltern Italy)