Winzer Krems

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History

History

Wine growing in and around Krems can be traced back more than 2,000 years. Due to the mild climate, the quality of the soil and the local wine growers' hard work, Krems and the Wachau developed into Austria’s best wine growing regions.

Wine growing in Krems

The first quality grapes were harvested in the 3rd century AD under the Roman emperor Probus (276-282). According to the "Vita Sankt Severini", Saint Severin, who lived in Krems and Mautern, retired "ad vineas", into the vineyards.


Winzer Krems milestones:

April 13th, 1938

resolution to found a cooperative wine-growers association

1938: resolution for founding a cooperative

1939

Until 1938 parts of the winery in the Sandgrube were owned by the Jewish wine merchant Paul Robitschek and his mother Johanna. After the annexation of Austria to the national-socialist Germany, Robitschek fled Austria. His winery was "arianised " and acquired by the Winzergenossenschaft Krems in 1939. In 1948 a restitution procedure took place.
This dark period of National Socialism in the history of WINZER KREMS will be reviewed by the renowned and critical historian, Dr. Brigitte Bailer-Galanda in 2018 and 2019.

(see also Wine growing in Krems)

Paul & Johanna Robitschek (photos: Archiv Bernhard Herrman)

1943

harvest and weighing in the single vineyard "Frechau"

1943: harvest & weighing in the vineyard

1956

The officials of WINZER KREMS in 1956.

The officials of WINZER KREMS in 1956

1961

WINZER KREMS´ fist wine trademark: The "Kremser Schmidt" is presented.

 

 

1961: WINZER KREMS´ fist wine trademark: The "Kremser Schmidt" is presented.

1961

The winery of WINZER KREMS in 1961

The winery of WINZER KREMS in 1961

1964

"Kremser Schmid"t advertisment on a tramway in Vienna

1964: "Kremser Schmid"t advertisment on a tramway in Vienna

1970

Winzer Krems stand at the fair "Alles für den Gast"

1970: Winzer Krems stand at the fair "Alles für den Gast"

1989

Franz Hellmer, managing director since 1956, retires and hands over his duties to Franz Ehrenleitner

1989: Franz Hellmer, managing director since 1956, retires and hands over his duties to Franz Ehrenleitner

1995

The first accordion festival at WINZER KREMS - the precursor of the GLATT & VERKEHRT world music festival

1995: The first accordion festival at WINZER KREMS

2001

Opening of the modernized filling & bottling station.

2001: Opening of the modernized filling & bottling station.

2003-2005

The most extensive rebuilding in the history of WINZER KREMS takes place from 2003 to 2005.

2003-2005; The most extensive rebuilding in the history of WINZER KREMS takes place.

May 2005

Eduard Felsner, chairman since 1987, retires and hands over his duties to Franz Bauer.

May 2005: Eduard Felsner, chairman since 1987, retires and hands over his duties to Franz Bauer.

August 2005

Opening of the new wine cellar & wine experience tour "SANDGRUBE 13 wein.sinn"

August 2005: Opening of the new wine cellar & wine experience tour "SANDGRUBE 13 wein.sinn"

2005

The winery of WINZER KREMS after the rebuilding

2005: The winery of WINZER KREMS after the rebuilding

2011

The 50th anniversary of the brand "KREMSER SCHMIDT"

2011: The 50th anniversary of the brand "KREMSER SCHMIDT"