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The "Istitutio Agrario di San Michele all'Adige" in the province of Trentino (Trento) in the region of Trentino-South Tyrol is one of the most famous Italian wine-growing institutes. It was founded in 1874 in South Tyrol, which was still part of 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 testing institute. The well-known viticultural expert Karl Mader (1847-1914) was head of the institute from 1902 to 1909 and his son Josef Mader (1876-1938) also taught viticulture here. Another prominent student was the vine grafting pioneer Heinrich Schellenberg (1868-1967). Today, in addition to viticulture, the range of activities also extends to fruit growing and dairy farming. The focus of activities is on flavour and phenol analysis, microbiology and sensory testing within the framework of standardised analytical tests of wines. The institute also produces and markets its own wines. Another important viticultural institute in Italy is Conegliano. See also under Viticultural Institutions

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