Josef Schett's best and most important workers have four legs and a thick, woolly coat. Up to 70,000 sheep provide him with the raw materials which his company Villgrater Natur uses to make anything and everything you can imagine, from simple knitwear to woollen house insulation.
The Schett family has owned and run a mountain farm in the pretty Villgratental Valley for 600 years. When Josef took over the family business from his parents in 1985, he decided to focus mainly on sheep farming and started delivering top-quality lamb meat to restaurants throughout the region. Not content with processing just the meat from his beloved sheep, he soon began searching for new and innovative ways to use wool and all other sheep-related products.
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The result of all this hard work is the brand Villgrater Natur and the Villgrater Natur Haus at the entrance to the Villgratental Valley, where guided tours are offered for groups of at least ten people. Here, visitors can find out more about the history and philosophy behind this business based today on three main pillars: the Villgrater Natural Bed Systems combining woollen matresses with solid pine bed frames; the organic Woolin insulation technology, which is just as effective as artificial insulation materials; and products made using lamb meat, such as sausages, salami and ham, which is popular among restaurants and locals alike.