Istituto Agrario San Michele all'Adige

Trentino-Alto Adige

The story of the Agricultural Institute of San Michele all'Adige begins on 12th. January, 1874, when the Tyrolean Regional Diet at Innsbruck resolved to set up an agricultural college with a research centre connected to it.

Within this research centre is the farm complex, which operates both as a support facility for the Institute's didactic and experimental activities and - with its production of grapes, other fruit, wine and distillates - as a business enterprise in its own right. The estate has around 100 hectares (250 acres) of actual farming land, 55 (136 acres) of which are planted with vines, spread out mainly in the hilly parts of San Michele and Faedo; all the principal representative varieties of Trentino viticulture are grown here. The grapes are vinified at the estate's nearby winery, which is situated in an architectural complex dating back to the 12th. century. This vinification centre has recently been enlarged and rationalized, in order to allow for the introduction of more upto-date winemaking techniques; the winery also comprises a small distillery and a department for the production of Metodo Classico sparkling wine. Annual production is around 250,000 bottles of wine, 15,000 bottles of various grappas and other spirits, and 10,000 bottles of Trento D.O.C. sparkling wine.