The 1st Wine Hotel in South Tyrol – Tradition and Passion

The History of the Hotel Der Weinmesser****ˢ

The historic term “Weinmesser” was chosen as the name for the first Wine Hotel in South Tyrol. A “Weinmesser” used to be an honourable man and sworn official in the South Tyrolean region of Burggrafenamt who had the duty to measure and examine the wine barrels and all the other receptacles used in viniculture. He was also in charge of loading and unloading the wines.

Today many farms in Burggrafenamt still carry the name “Weinmesserhof”, one of them being the Hotel Der Weinmesser. The 1st Wine Hotel in South Tyrol and its hosts, the Kohlgruber family, have a long tradition in wine-growing and hosting alike.

Becoming South Tyrol’s 1st Wine Hotel

The history of the Hotel Der Weinmesser

On the 15th of September Oma Hilde and Opa Franz Frei open the boarding house “Weinmesserhof” with 10 beds and shared shower room on every floor. Opa Franz starts growing a little vineyard.

They renovate the loft; other rooms, vineyards and orchards follow.

Annelies and Pepi Kohlgruber get married; son Christian is born.

Annelies and Pepi extend to 20 beds; they now offer rooms with shower and toilet. In 1978 daughter Barbara is born.

After further renovations and an extension to 40 beds, the boarding house becomes a 3-star hotel near Merano/Meran.

An indoor pool with sauna area is built.

Junior chef Christian and Doris get married. The same year they renovate and enlarge the restaurant and kitchen area in the hotel near Merano/Meran.

The entrance area with reception undergoes a design makeover.

Son Christian and his wife Doris become the new managers of the business.

The Hotel Der Weinmesserhof undergoes a complete makeover, is extended to 60 beds and finally receives 4 stars. On the 1st of May 2010 the first Wine Hotel in South Tyrol presents itself under a new name: Der Weinmesser. Personal highlight: birth of Leopold in June 2010.

In November Doris and Christian expand the lounge area of Der Weinmesser and build a new red wine cellar and a cellar for wine tastings.

The Hotel Der Weinmesser celebrates its 50th anniversary with family, guests, friends and business partners.

There are further makeovers in the Wine Hotel, leaving the hotel with a direct access from the lounge bar to the cellar.

The Weinmesser Suite is adjusted to the modern house style and furnished with delicate fabrics.

In the first half of 2018, The Weinmesser awaits you with numerous new features:

  • Design makeover of the entrance area
  • New inviting foyer with reception
  • Elegant Sparkling Lounge directly at the bar
  • Small playroom for our younger guests

From April, we will classify as a 4-star superior hotel and offer our guests numerous new highlights:

  • One underground parking space per room
  • 16 new rooms and suites with air conditioning 
  • Highlight rooms like the Junior Suites SECRET GARDEN and VISTA
  • Lawn with stylish pergolas 
  • Pool bar
  • Bike garage with workshop
  • Panoramic restaurant with a smokers’ lounge
  • Extension of the bar area
  • New buffet area
  • Extension of the dining area
  • Design makeover of the terrace
  • New outdoor sauna in the middle of nature
  • New multi-purpose room (seminar and/or yoga room)

Many other ideas are still waiting to be realised in the Wine Hotel Der Weinmesser.