The Bolzano wine cooperative is the joint venture of two historical wineries in Bolzano, each bringing a different focus and specialty to the collaboration. The Gries Winery, founded in 1908, set out to make red wine with the Lagrein grape native to Gries. The St. Magdalena Winery, founded in 1930, began as a cooperative intent on making St. Magdalener, a red wine made from the Vernatsch grape. In 2001, they became the Cantina Produttori Bolzano, South Tyrol's youngest cooperative winery.
Cantina Bolzano sources fruit from 320 hectares of Bolzano’s best vineyards at between 240 and 800 meters above sea level. Vineyards in the undulating valley floor are characterized by deep, alluvial, warm, and well-aerated soils, while soils in the sun-drenched hillsides are light and sandy. The grapes that go into St. Magdalener are sourced from the loose, sandy soil on the warm slopes at the foot of the Renon, from the hamlets of Santa Maddalena, Santa Giustina, and Coste. Lagrein grapes are grown on the porous, warm soils of Gries and S. Maurizio. Vineyards at San Giorgio, Guncina, Settequerce, San Maurizio, and Missiano also lie within the production area. The enormous diversity of soils and microclimates enables them to produce a wide range of wines, each grown under ideal conditions. They employ green cultivation methods and rigorous selection of only the best quality, healthiest grapes at harvest time.
Voted Value Brand of the Year by Wine & Spirits 6/2014
From Vinous 5/2016
"The Cantina Bolzano cooperative is a reliable source for characterful Alto Adige wines. Naturally, the 2014 whites are penalized by the challenging growing season, but, all things considered, those wines have turned out about as well as could have been expected."
From Gambero Rosso 2012
"The Gries winery, situated in the area of the same name just on the southern outskirts of Bolzano in the heart of the production area for Lagrein Scuro, is one of the leading producers of this ancient and very traditional Alto Adige red." “This large, influential winery [Cantina Santa Maddalena] and its kellermeister Stefan Filippi have held their position at the top of Italian winemaking for many years now. All the wines produced are distinctive, characterful and well typed."