Published online by Cambridge University Press: 21 December 2018
Austria has a quite small cooperative sector, only about 10 to 15% of all Austrian wine is produced by wine cooperatives. The first wine cooperative was established in 1882 (Eisenstadt-Ruster-Weinproduzentenverein). An intense wave of cooperative establishment took place in Austria and Germany at the beginning of the 20th century, lasting through the 1960s, that was due to the unfortunate general socio-economic situation of vintners.
These reports could not have been compiled without the help of numerous people who helped procuring, translating, and/or editing them. We are particularly indebted to Alessandro Corsi (University of Torino, Italy), Patrizia Fanasch (University of Paderborn, Germany), Simonetta Mazzarino (University of Torino, Italy), Guenter Schamel (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy), and Karl Storchmann (New York University, USA).