Main task of a museum

The South Tyrolean Wine Museum is working on the scientific development of its collection within the scope of personnel and time. This work serves as the basis for an improved collection documentation and reflects in the mediation activity


Research project

  • The “Saltner”: official and fictional character
    Objects from the collection of the South Tyrolean Wine Museum as real sources for economic, ecological and social developments and upheavals in the South Tyrolean viticulture.

    The South Tyrolean Wine Museum has over 50 objects that can be assigned to the vineyard keeper, the "Saltner". The project, which ran from December 2018 to December 2020, pursued the goal of comprehensively classifying these objects in the cultural-historical context, from the early modern era to the 20th century. The project results have been published in several publications; they will also be collected in a volume of articles (expected to appear in 2022) and in a special exhibition (expected to open in 2023).

    The project was financed by funds from the Research Fund of the South Tyrolean Provincial Museums.

    Duration of the project: Autumn 2018 to December 2020

    Project management:
    Brigitte Strauß (until September 2019), Stefan Morandell (until December 2020)

    Project staff:
    Sabine Viktoria Kofler
    Jutta Profanter
    Irene Sapelza

    We still ask for your cooperation!

    Is your family still in possession of documents relating to Saltner affairs, e. g. Saltner regulations, invoices etc.? Do you have photographs or other memorabilia? Can you still remember Saltner in your home village? Do you know field and farm names that refer to Saltner or locations of huts?

    The project is finished, but we are still collecting. We look forward to your comments at or at (+39) 0471 963 168.


Testimonials of wine history

The South Tyrolean Wine Museum collects, keeps and documents evidence of South Tyrol’s “wine history”. The collection is the starting point for research and communication work.

The emphasis of the collection is on equipment used during the working year by the winegrowers before mechanisation: ‘”from the ʻPergl’ (pergola) to the ʻTorggl’ (wine press)”, from spring to late autumn, from the vine to the matured wine.
The museum collection also contains objects from such areas as barrel-making, glass and ceramics as well as arts & crafts or art (especially religious) with wine and grape motifs.

The collection is constantly being expanded by donations and purchases. The lack of space means a very strict selection policy is necessary. Purchases are only made of special items that fit into the museum’s collection concept.

Details of the collection concept of the South Tyrolean Folklore Museum, of which the Wine Museum is a branch, can be found here.

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