Culture ∙ History ∙ Wine
The South Tyrolean Wine Museum lies in the oldest winegrowing area of the German-speaking lands. Opened in 1955 in Ringberg Castle, above Lake Kaltern, it is the oldest winegrowing museum in Italy.
The museum is today located in the centre of the wine village of Kaltern, just 15 kilometres from Bozen, in the former Di Pauli winery. An interesting groined vault in the pressing rooms dates from the year 1693, while stone pointed-arch doors and a deep cellar give it a special atmosphere.
The exhibition displays exhibits of a centuries-old cultural history.
Offers for school classes
School year 2018/2019
How are barrels made? How did winegrower work in the past? School classes search for clues.
The programme for school classes is available in German or Italian.
Tasting wines from old grape varieties
6th and 8th September at 4 pm
In the Wine Museum near Kaltern grow some grape varieties which were once very common in whole South Tyrol, but nowadays only a few winegrowers still use old grape varieties: Jera (grape variety Fraueler), Blatterle, Versoaln, Regius (grape variety Portugieser) and Mos Maiorum (grape varieties Vernatsch, Lagrein, G'salzen, G'schlafen). As rare as the grapes are the wines produced from these grapes. Visitors can try the grapes in the vineyard and the wines.
South Tyrol has a rich heritage of wine making. The museum presents the winegrowers' daily work in the vineyard, wine production and storage, the farmers' working tools and implements, glass and ceramic, and the relation between wine and religion.