Following a serious crisis in the wine sector, on 1900, May the 13rd, 42 wine makers of Kurtatsch decided to make the first general meeting of the Social winery.
Until that time the grapes were sold wholesale, carrying it with oxcarts to Cornaiano and employing a whole day to convert ten hectoliters of grapes that later, once processed, would reach different markets, including foreign ones.
At that time, there was no retail trade and it was until the end of the First World War to record the sale of the first bottle of wine.
In 1913, directors faced with a serious crisis on the wine, due to Italian Tyrol competition, that put pressure on prices and in 1918 and the end of World War it was impossible to perform renovations, because of the difficult situation occurred (troops camping in the winery).
The winery had to juggle various economic, political and cooperative problems and among these, rent increase, the crack of New York Stock Exchange in 1928, which hit the world economy and subsequently also the economic situation in Italian thirties. In this extremely difficult situation, there was also the problem that wine was not marketable and winery’s dues for the new construction were more and more pressing.
Then followed the Second World War and only in 1977 there was the first bottling chain and building’s expansion.
Today, the winery has more than 200 members in a modern structure, perfect to work various quantity and quality of grapes, and in 2005, Kurtatsch Kellerei is IFS certified (International Food Standard).
Vineyards cultivation in Kurtatsch requires the particular expertise and effort; much of the work is still handmade. Thanks to the favourable climate, the harvest can occur regularly when the grapes have reached their full ripeness. In Sudtirol, the modern winemaking methods have a long tradition and Kurtatsch’ wines born through a strict selection of grapes, rigorously clean cellar techniques, proper use of stainless steel tanks, oak barrels (barriques) and large wood barrels. Before bottling, each Kurtatsch wine is subjected to careful tasting. Only thanks to this passion for the detail can ripe intense and extraordinary wines, fine and elegant wines of international class.