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Emily Johnston
March 6, 2018 | Emily Johnston

Italian Co-op Wineries

Did You Know?

Cooperative Wineries in Italy have a long history and some are responsible for the best quality to price point wines in their regions.

They can also be a sustainable option for many small growers: often allowing the member vineyards to farm their own land as they do best, while relying on a common winemaker and shared resources for sales.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Produttori del Barbaresco - Piedmont
The Cooperative put Barbaresco on the map at a time where Barbaresco grapes were either sold to Barolo producers or were being bottled as "Nebbiolo." They work with 51 member growers in Barbaresco and 9 single vineyard 'crus.'

Cantina Terlan - Alto Adige
Founded in 1893 for the purpose of freeing small winemakers from the influence of the dominant landowners in the region. They are responsible for evolving the wine-style of the Alto Adige region and putting single varietal white wines in the spotlight.

Erste + Neue - Alto Adige
A merger of the original 1900 cooperative, Erste Kellerei (Erste meaning "first") with a new-at-the-time 1925 cooperative Neue Kellerei (Neue meaning "new") in 1986 created the cooperative Erste + Neue. They blend 100+ years of contribution to Alto Adige wine history with modern style.


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