About us

...for over 100 years

Joie de vivre 

From the very first sip

In 1907, a love for wine and their dedication to winegrowing prompted thirty-six farmers from St. Pauls, Missian, Eppan-Berg and Unterrain to take a joint step towards the future by founding the St. Pauls wine cooperative.

Flexibility was paramount in the first years of the cooperative as, until the completion of the new building, the grape harvest would be stored with private winegrowers as well as in the rented cellar space of the “Schwarzer Adler” inn. The originators finally managed to obtain two superimposed cellars, a fermenting cellar and a workroom, an office and an apartment for the use of the cellar master. Within a few years a further thirty members joined the pioneers in St. Pauls and the cellars were equipped with what was the latest machinery for the time. Dedication and passion were joined by quality as a new guiding principle. The following decades saw a growth not only in membership but also in the quantity of the grapes delivered and stored.

To permit a more delicate processing, the grapes have since the middle of the 1960s been introduced into vats or tubs in the wine cellar without mashing. Previously the usual process had been to tread the grapes in the vineyards with bare feet.

In the following years, new and updated working equipment, as well as the enlargement of the wine cellar buildings, allowed for constant further development and increased production, always with the strictest observance of quality, right until today. This convivial winemaking community today has over 200 farming members and at least two dozen employees, who collectively live their love for wine each day.

A journey through the history of a community

St. Pauls winery in figures

Wine cellar

A cellar of character for wines of character

The old walls of our winery also build bridges: from the grapes to the finished wine, from yesterday to today. Centuries-old traditions and the state of the art all combine to ensure each of our wines receives the right treatment – the depths of our wine cellar contain not only modern steel tanks, but also large, aged wooden barrels. Next to these, our leading red and white wines mature over the months and years in the small oak barrels of the barrique cellar in a perfect symbiosis of fruit and wood.

Historic cellars in the centre of St. Pauls

The old walls of the winery

Bunker

A bunker for sparkling wine

Just outside the village, by the Paulsner Feld, our bunker has stood guard since 1937 – having never had (luckily) to fulfil its original purpose: indeed, after World War II it was actually inhabited for a short period of time. It was repurposed at the end of the 1970s, as the constant temperature and humidity inside the bunker has allowed it since 1979 to be used for the making of sparkling wine. Within the walls, several metres thick, over 70,000 bottles are stored: four different vintages of the much-prized Praeclarus.

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