Bolzano, Italy (January 18, 2021) – The South Tyrol Wine Consortium, an association of all major players in the South Tyrol wine industry, has a new president. At the first meeting of the new Board of Directors, Andreas Kofler, Chairman of Kantina Kurtatsch, was appointed to succeed Maximilian Niedermayr. Martin Foradori of J. Hofstätter Estate Winery remains vice president.
Mr. Niedermayr, who chaired the consortium longer than expected because of the coronavirus, did not return. He has done very valuable work in building the consortium in recent years and has managed to balance the agenda with the sustainability agenda for the future of the South Tyrolean wine industry, the new Cofler said. It has also made the consortium an important support in these difficult times for the wine industry.
Mr. Kofler, who claims to be a wine connoisseur, is not only a nurseryman and vintner in Cortaccia, he also works as a practical teacher at the Limburg Technical School for Fruit, Wine and Horticulture and has been president of Cantina Cortaccia for seven years. He headed the South Tyrol Winegrowers’ Association for three years and was a member of the consortium’s board of directors for six years. Over the years, I have gained a good understanding of the consortium and a clear idea of the direction this journey should take, says Kofler.
Priorities for the coming years include overcoming the pandemic crisis, completing and developing the delineation of the vineyard and strengthening sales and exports on the domestic market by further improving the image of South Tyrol. This includes refining the identity of South Tyrolean wine, strengthening our role as a producer of quality red wines and the best white wine region in Italy, and communicating it more strongly on an international level, the new president explained.
The consortium will continue to form the basis for the sustainable and high-quality development of South Tyrol’s wine industry at all scales, he said. To this end, work is continuing on visions for the future of the South Tyrolean wine industry and their implementation. We are now a central platform for everyone involved in viticulture and winemaking, continues Kofler. And one of the goals of this platform is also to create the widest possible base for wine culture.
Martin Foradori (Weingut J. Hofstätter, Tramin), who is also president of the South Tyrol Wine Consortium, was re-elected by Andreas Kofler as vice president of the South Tyrol Wine Consortium. He has been vice president of the consortium since its inception in 2007. Of all South Tyrol’s agricultural products, wine has the most consistent image, Foradori says. It shows that we have already achieved a lot, but that we are not ready yet.
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to rest on my laurels. After all, we are only at the beginning of an exciting evolution. In addition to Kofler as Chairman and Foradori as Vice-Chairman, Hannes Baumgartner (Strasserhof), Michael Bradvalvarter (Weingut Bozen), Christian Sinn (Cantina Kaltern) and Peter Zemmer (Weingut Peter Zemmer) were newly elected to the Board of Directors. The panel now has four new members: Georg Euerl (Cantina Terlano), Clemens Lageder (Alois Lageder Winery), Klaus Pardatscher (Cantina Produttori San Michele Appiano Winery) and Stefan Vazza (Glassier Winery).