A historic winery nestled amongst the vineyards of Alto Adige, Italy. Both a messenger and a protagonist of an age-old tradition. A cutting-edge producer always looking for new avenues to explore.
Embracing tradition as a legacy, and progress as a vision to keep alive.
With just one aim in mind: wine. Aromatic, elegant and inextricably rooted in the local area.
In every single grape, the history of this land. In every drop of wine, the knowledge of those who made it. In every bubble, a way of being.
Kettmeir, progressio in traditione.
1919 – The beginning
Giuseppe Kettmeir, winemaker, expert in wine-growing and land scientist, establishes the winery bearing his name. Caldaro, in Alto Adige, nestled among vineyards soon becomes the heart of the production of quality wines.
1964 – The bubbles
Kettmeir recognizes the potential of sparkling wines and begins producing prestigious Cuvée from Pinot Bianco grapes using the long Charmat Method. A pioneer for the area, Kettmeir plays a leading role in relaunching the local tradition for sparkling wines.
1986 –The meeting with Santa Margherita
Franco Kettmeir, Giuseppe’s grandson, finds in Santa Margherita Gruppo Vinicolo the perfect heir for the family business. Alongside the winery’s expert oenologist, Josef Ramen, Kettmeir embarks on a new chapter celebrating the local area and concentrating on identifying the perfect grape varietals to grow and the most suitable terrain for them to flourish.
1992 – The Metodo Classico
The winery embraces a new adventure and begins producing sparkling wine by using Metodo Classico; it soon becomes the most complex and most distinctive - both then and now- of Kettmeir’s range of wines.
2000 – The Metodo Classico Rosé
A new endeavour is in the air: inspired by delicious Pinot Nero e Chardonnay grapes, the winery decides to add the refined, fresh and delicate Metodo Classico Brut Rosé to its range.
2011 – The Riserva “1919”
An especially abundant harvest inspires the first Metodo Classico Riserva from Kettmeir. At least sixty months ageing on lees and another three of resting: a slow, patient process to create Extra Brut, one of the winery’s calling cards.
2019 – The first 100 years
The fully modernized winery continues its commitment to the region it calls home and to caring for the vines which form the essence of its prestigious wines. Kettmeir is ready to celebrate its first 100 years.
In the imposing Dolomite Mountains, UNESCO World Heritage site, the friendly, unhurried pace of life of the Mediterranean meets the tenacity typical of mountain communities. This, the most northern wine-producing region in Italy, is mainly agricultural but with a decidedly Mitteleuropean feel. Nature is an ever-present companion to daily life here and is infinitely varied and multi-faceted. It is a place where age-old artisan knowledge meets the avant-garde in architecture, business and culture.
The Vineyards of Alto Adige
From the top of the hill, the view opens out into the valley below. The sun glints off the surface of Lake Caldaro, a charming break in the strictly regimented rows of vines which stretch out to the horizon. Surrounded by hills and watched over by distant mountain tops. Over half of the Alto Adige vineyard rolls out from this unique setting.
The grape growers
Expert hands of local farmers work this bountiful land using methods and knowledge passed down from generation to generation. Among them are the 60 or so faithful grape growers who supply Kettmeir. For decades, these farmers have brought their grapes to our winery. Grapes grown with care and dedication in a little over 55 hectares. Because it is quality not quantity which really matters. The bond between growers and winery has been cemented over time, founded on mutual respect and the common passion for striving to do ones best and the pride of producing, together, wines of the highest quality.
Maso Chiuso - Protected farmsteads
An ever-present, inescapable feature of the varied landscapes of Alto Adige are the farmsteads known in Italian as ‘maso’. These typical local habitations include a farmhouse and the surrounding land, which for centuries have been its heart and the principal source of income for its hard-working inhabitants. A distinct characteristic of these farmsteads is the ancient practice known as Maso Chiuso (literally ‘closed farm’), a form of legal entailment. The rules are few and simple: the property cannot be divided up, agricultural activities capable of supporting at least 5 people must be continued, and the farmstead must be inherited by just one son and with some compensation to be paid to the others. Established in the 15th Century, this system of entailment regulates and ensures the survival of local culture and traditions for future generations. It is thanks to this system that farmers in even the harshest most impervious parts of Alto Adige are able to provide for themselves and their families through crop farming, animal breeding or agritourism. And it is thanks to these devoted custodians that Alto Adige is able to maintain over time its immense natural beauty, its green pastures, its lush woodlands and flourishing vineyards, from the valley floors up to the most breath-taking of altitudes.