Guided tours of Laimburg Research Centre

Laimburg Research Centre offers guided tours for groups with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 50 participants. We organise two types of guided tours, general guided tours für the general public and technical guided tours für experts in the respective sectors.

Moreover, companies, organisations and associations have the possibility to hold events.

Laimburg Research Centre is the leading research institution for agriculture and food quality in South Tyrol. This general tour offers an overview of the Centre, its 40-year history and its organisational structure. It features insights into the Centre's tasks and research activities across all of its specialist departments: from fruit-growing and viticulture to plant protection and to mountain agriculture and food technology.
The tour will narrow its focus down to two aspects of the Centre's portfolio and offer a look behind the scenes of its research and experimentation activities as well as current challenges in:

Topic options, according to the tour guide and the availability of the staff:

  • fruit-growing and storage testing facilities
  • viticulture and the Stone Cellar

The tour ends with a short visit to the scenic Stone Cellar.

approx. 90 minutes

Specialist tours can be arranged for all departments.The contents will be discussed and agreed with the group. Please let us know what you are most interested in.
Please note: you can select a maximum of three topics. We will process your request according to the availability of the staff. Only two out of the three selected topics will be included in your guided tour

Topic options:

  • Research and experimentation in fruit-growing
    • Pomology
    • Fruit physiology
    • Soil, fertilisation, irrigation
    • Organic farming
    • Berries and stone fruits
  • Research and experimentation in viticulture
    • Vine varieties and seed stock
    • Physiology and cultivation techniques
  • Research and experimentation in oenology
    • Vinification procedures and viticultural issues
    • Oenological processes and knowledge transfer
  • Guided tours of the winery testing facility and the Stone Cellar with an optional wine tasting session. Price: € 3 per wine and person; standard tasting sessions include four wines (two white and two red wines) at € 12 per person.
    • Research and experimentation in plant protection
      • Entomology
      • Phytopathology
      • Testing Plant Protection Products
      • Virology and diagnostics
      • Applied genomics and molecular biology
        • Molecular biology laboratory tour
  • Research and experimentation in agricultural chemistry and food quality
    • Food microbiology
      • Food microbiology laboratory tour
    • Food chemistry
      • Laboratory for Wine and Beverages Analytics
      • Laboratory for Residues and Contaminants
    • Plant nutrition and fodder analysis
      • Laboratory for Plant Nutrition and Fodder Analysis
  • Research and experimentation in mountain agriculture and food technology
    • Vegetable growing
    • Grassland farming
    • Arable crops and aromatic plants
    • Fermentation and distillation
    • Fruit and vegetable processing
    • Sensory science
    • Storage and postharvest biology

Approx. 90minutes

South Tyrolean companies and organisations can hold receptions in the Stone Cellar in order to present themselves and promote the South Tyrolean economy. Priority is given to companies which have their core business in the wine and food sectors.

At such events, a member of staff of the Laimburg Research Centre will be present, lead a guided tour through the Stone Cellar and present the wines in a guided tasting.

The maximum number of participants in events organised in the Stone Cellar is limited to 95.

It is not possible to organise private events in the Stone Cellar.

On Sundays and on public holidays, the Stone Cellar is closed.

Institutional receptions and events of Laimburg Research Centre always take precedence over other appointments of external companies and organisations.

Further information is provided together with the booking confirmation after having completed the "Online registration form" below.

General information

Groups must have a minimum of ten and should not exceed 50 participants. All specialist tours cost € 60 per group.

Visits can be arranged from Monday to Friday between 08:30 and 12:00 and again from 14:00 and 16:00.
We kindly ask you to be on time for your tour. Should the delay be more than 30 minutes, we cannot guarantee the tour.

Meet in front of the wine shop at the south entrance of Laimburg Research Centre.

How to get there:
Longitude: 11° 17′ 18”
Latitude: 46° 22′ 59”

Laimburg Research Centre
Laimburg 6, Vadena/Pfatten, 39040 Ora/Auer, Italy
A22 motorway: Take the exit Ora-Egna-Termeno (in German: Auer-Neumarkt-Tramin), then drive towards Ora/Auer train station (stazione/Bahnhof) and follow the signs to Laimburg. From the motorway exit till the Laimburg Research Centre it takes about 15 minutes.

If you plan to arrive by coach from Caldaro/Kaltern, please avoid the Novale al Varco/Kreither Sattel mountain pass: The road is very narrow and not suitable for large vehicles.

Travelling time:
Bolzano/Bozen – Laimburg

  • by car about 30 min.
  • by coach about 45 min.

San Michele all’Adige/San Michele an der Etsch – Laimburg

  • by car about 30 min.
  • by coach about 45 min.

Trento/Trient – Laimburg

  • by car about 45 min.
  • by coach about 60 min.


Please note:
During harvest times, tour availability may be limited.

Fruit-growing: 06th-26 th August and 01st September – 15 th November
Viticulture and oenology: 15 th August – 15 th October
Storage: 01st June – 31st July
Please contact us to find out more.

If you would like to get to know Laimburg Research Centre on one of our guided tours, simply click on the link below and fill in the online form. We will be in touch shortly!

Online form: guided tours