The "Istituto Agrario di San Michele all'Adige" in the province of Trentino (Trento) in the region Trentino-Alto Adige is one of the most famous Italian viticultural institutes. It was in 1874 in the time still belonging to the Danube Monarchy of Austria-Hungary South-Tirol founded. First Director was Dr. Edmund Mach (1846-1901). He held the management until 1899 and built San Michele into a major research and research institute. The well-known winegrower Karl Mader (1847-1914) led from 1902 to 1909 the institute and his son Josef Mader (1876-1938) was also active here as a teacher of viticulture. Another prominent pupil was the vine refining pioneer Heinrich Schellenberg (1868-1967).
The area of activity extends today beside viticulture also on fruit growing and dairy industry. The focus of activities is in the flavor and phenol analysis, microbiology and the sensory Testing in the context of standardized analytical tests of wines. It also produces and markets its own wines. Another important wine institute in Italy is Conegliano,