Edmund Mach Foundation
The Edmund Mach Foundation, formerly the Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige (IASMA), is an agrarian institution and wine academy located in Trentino in north-east Italy. It was founded in 1874, when the Tyrolean Diet at Innsbruck decided to open an agrarian school and research station at San Michele all’Adige, with the aim of improving agricultural practice in Tyrol. The lombardo-venetian enologist Edmund Mach was the academy’s first director and the institute developed a reputation for work in viticulture and enology.
Its remit today is to provide agricultural education, training and consultancy, and to conduct research and experimentation with the aim of “promoting cultural and socio-economic growth in the agricultural sector and at developing the forestry and agro-alimentary systems, with particular regard for the environment and the safeguard of the territory of the Trentino region”. There is also a farm, devoted to grape and apple production, a wine cellar and a distillery.