In 1908, the farmers of Gries decided to go it alone by founding a wine co-operative.
The aim from the very outset was to produce and sell Lagrein wine, made from a grape that is local to Gries.
St. Magdalena winery
In 1930, 18 wine growers from St. Magdalena, St. Justina and Leitach also set up a co-operative. The foremost wine was St. Magdalener, a wine made from the Vernatsch grape. Even in the early years, the export market was targeted, successfully so. A major advance was the award of DOC status to the St. Magdalena area in 1971.
The year 2001 saw what was in all probability the most important event since the creation of the Gries and St. Magdalena wineries, their merger. The Bozen winery, with its two locations at Gries and St. Magdalena, is today ranked among the top businesses in the region.