The cooperative winery (which only operates in South Tyrol under the name Kaltern winery) is located in the municipality of Kaltern (Caldaro) in the Italian wine sector South-Tirol (Region Trentino-Alto Adige ). It emerged from the merger of the originally four Kalterer cellar cooperatives. The Erste Kellerei and Neue Kellerei (founded in 1900 and 1925, respectively) had already merged to form Erste + Neue in 1986. In 1992 the farmer's winery merged with the anniversary winery (founded in 1906 and 1908) to form the Cantina Kaltern. The last step towards the joint winery took place in 2016. In the 1980s, rigorous measures to increase quality were carried out, for example reducing yields to an average of 75 hl / ha. Today, around 800 members cultivate a total of 480 hectares of vineyards in almost all locations on Lake Kaltern.
The vineyards are used by the members according to strict guidelines pruning. fertilization and vintage (Harvest) processed. A small group is concerned with Biodynamic viticulture and markets these wines under its own label "Solos". 47% of the white wine types Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) Gewurztraminer. Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris ( Pinot gris ) Müller-Thurgau. Goldmuskateller. Kerner and Riesling, as well as 53% the red wine varieties Schiava (around 20% of the area), Lagrein. Rosenmuskateller, Pinot Noir ( Pinot Noir ) Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot cultivated and processed.
Young white wines to be drunk are fermented and expanded in a steel tank in a temperature-controlled manner, while full-bodied white wines are fermented in Barrique, The fruity Kalterersee experiences only one week maceration at a relatively cool temperature and stored in stainless steel for several months lees, All other red wines are aged exclusively in wooden barrels. The best batches ferment spontaneous in the wooden fermentation tank. Biological acid degradation and storage take place in barriques. These wines are often bottled unfiltered. Special small locations, wineries and farmsteads are identified with the location name. The Cantina Kaltern also includes two small courtyards, which are self-contained wineries. Their grapes are vinified separately and the wines are marketed under the "Castel Giovanelli" and "Pfarrhof" labels. The mark Baron di Pauli is also produced by the Cantina Kaltern. The large product range includes various wines from the DOC range Kalterersee and South Tyrol, Around 3.5 million bottles of wine are produced annually.
The Cantina Kaltern wine center, located directly on the South Tyrolean Wine Road, is a tasting room, gallery, event location and sales outlet. Here visitors can taste wines "365 days a year". South Tyrolean specialties such as shake bread, honey, bacon and apple juice as well as books and wine accessories are also sold.