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

The History of the Hotel Der Weinmesser****

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

1962
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.

1967
They renovate the loft; other rooms, vineyards and orchards follow.

1971
Annelies and Pepi Kohlgruber get married; son Christian is born.

1976
Annelies and Pepi extend to 20 beds; they now offer rooms with shower and toilet. In 1978 daughter Barbara is born.

1980
After further renovations and an extension to 40 beds, the boarding house becomes a 3-star hotel near Merano/Meran.

1994
An indoor pool with sauna area is built.

1998
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.

1999
The entrance area with reception undergoes a design makeover.

2007
Son Christian and his wife Doris become the new managers of the business.

2009
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.

2011
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.

2012
The Hotel Der Weinmesser celebrates its 50th anniversary with family, guests, friends and business partners.

2013
There are further makeovers in the Wine Hotel, leaving the hotel with a direct access from the lounge bar to the cellar.

2015
The Weinmesser Suite is adjusted to the modern house style and furnished with delicate fabrics.

2018
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

2019
From April 2019, guests will be able to enjoy:

  • One underground parking space per room
  • Suites
  • 16 new rooms and suites with air conditioning 
  • Highlight rooms like the Junior Suites SECRET GARDEN or 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 forest sauna 
  • New multi-purpose room (seminar and/or yoga room)

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