Cantina Sociale Mendrisio, a story of passion and dedication
Cantina Sociale Mendrisio was founded on 21 January 1949 by a small group of grape growers from the surrounding Mendrisio district and is the canton of Ticino's only cooperative winery. These far-sighted growers' aim was to create an organisation capable of using the fruits of their impressive labours to make a wine of superior quality, which still excels in quality and variety today. The winery started operations with the 1950 vintage and 60 years later it is still the canton of Ticino's biggest wine producer, making about 20% of its wine output, and with a storage capacity of almost 30,000 hl.
The members account for a very large slice of the Mendrisio district's grape production, but there are also significant numbers of member growers in the Riviera and Blenio Valley areas, who provide the winery with more grapes of fine quality. Cantina Sociale Mendrisio produces and sells only wines made from Ticino grapes, mainly of the Merlot variety; its immense professionalism, wealth of experience and modern production and storage facilities enable it to offer the market only products of the highest grade.
Environment-friendly growing methods, including an awareness of landscape conservation factors, combined with passion and dedication throughout the production process, contribute the local connotation so important and sought-after nowadays.
With its three clearly defined product lines, its capability to produce for large retail chains, including on a private-label basis, and a full distribution network for the catering industry, Cantina Sociale Mendrisio looks with great optimism to the market of the future, both inside the country and beyond its borders, where new, fertile markets are ready and waiting for a product made with passion and dedication.