Welcome to Episode 1024 Steve Raye interviews Wolfgang Klotz of Cantina Tramin in this installment of Get US Market Ready With Italian Wine People on the Italian Wine Podcast.
About today’s winery:
In a time without prospects for many South Tyrolean winegrowers, Christian Schrott, pastor of Tramin and later member of parliament in Vienna, founded their cooperative in 1898 to secure the future of many small local winegrowers. Thanks to the strength of this connection, the Tramin winery has developed over time into one of the most established cooperatives in the region and a model recognized worldwide.
Today they are 160 winegrowing families and work a total of around 270 hectares. Every single bottle stands for their life’s work philosophy: a sense of duty, commitment, confidence and creativity.
In 1971, the Tramin winery merged with the Neumarkt cooperative, founded in 1893. This connection brings together in a single cooperative a rich heritage of traditions and vineyards, including the prestigious Pinot Noir vineyards of Mazzon and Glen. Under the leadership of our new cellar master, Willi Stürz, the trend towards rigorous quality thinking is completed in the 90s:
the selection line (consisting today of Nussbaumer, Terminum, Unterebner, Stoan, Freisinger, Maglen, Urban and Loam) sees the light of day . These wines are the result of a selection from our best vineyards and symbolize what we do to the highest degree.
In 2010 the conversion of the winery was completed. The sculptural building, a project by the South Tyrolean architect Werner Tscholl, will become Tramin’s landmark.
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Steve Raye of Bevology Inc originally joined our weekly lineup with narrations from his book “How to get US Market Ready” – but everyone just loved him so much, we brought him back with this series of interviews that informs and inspires! Each week he speaks to industry professionals; guests who have gained valuable experience in the Italian wine sector and have insightful tips and stories that can help anyone who wants to learn about getting US Market Ready!
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