The "Istitutio Agrario di San Michele all'Adige" in the province of Trentino (Trento) in the Trentino-Alto Adige region is one of the most famous Italian wine growing institutes. It was founded in 1874 in South Tyrol, which at that time still belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The first director was Dr. Edmund Mach (1846-1901). He was in charge until 1899 and developed San Michele into an important research and experimental institute. The well-known viticulture expert Karl Mader (1847-1914) headed the institute from 1902 to 1909, and his son Josef Mader (1876-1938) also worked here as a teacher of viticulture. Another prominent student was the vine grafting pioneer Heinrich Schellenberg (1868-1967).
Today, the company's activities include not only viticulture but also fruit growing and dairy farming. The main focus of activities is on the analysis of flavour and phenols, microbiology and sensory testing within the framework of standardised analytical tests of wines. We also produce and market our own wines. Another important viticultural institute in Italy is Conegliano.