Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were introduced into South Tyrol during the second half of the nineteenth century. Kurtatsch’s best red-wine vineyards were always those hillside sites where the snow and frost melt early. In this soil, which is gravelly with some loam, daytime warmth continues long into autumn. Here, the late-maturing and thus demanding Cabernet Sauvignon can fully develop its delicate fruit (blackcurrants, blackberries and crushed elderberries) and the spicy Cabernet Franc its spicy and herbal flavors (pepper and peppermint). Even in very sunny years, Kirchhügel Cabernet isn’t heavy or broad. A nerve of acidity, typical of the Unterland region of South Tyrol, gives a sinewy character to the wine’s muscularity and an impressive storage capacity in the bottle. If you have enough patience you’ll be amply rewarded by the Cabernet Kirchhügel: after lengthy bottle aging, exciting tertiary aromas arise, reminiscent of an Asian tea ceremony: cedar, suede, tobacco, toasted hazelnut, biscuits and dried blackberries.

Volume: 14,0 % by vol.

Grape variety: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc

Production zone: Very steep hills with good sun exposure – Kurtatsch, 280 – 350 m.a.s.l.

Soil: clayey and calcareous sand

Yield per hectare: 8000 kg

Color: Garnet

Vinification: Temperature-constrained fermentation in rotor tanks; maturation for 12 months in oak barrels (25% new wood), with organic malolactic fermentation, followed by assemblage and aging in large wooden barrels

Storage potential: 6-10 years

Total acidity:  5,1 g/l

Residual sugar: 2,1 g/l


Kirchhügel (Kirche = church, Hügel = hill) includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from various small vineyards that is grown in gravelly soil with clay content at altitudes between 250 and 350 meters.

Cabernet Kirchhügel Riserva DOC 2015
90/100 points
Luca Maroni 2019
Cabernet Kirchhügel Riserva DOC 2014
excellent wine 2017
93/100 points
Luca Maroni 2018
2 Glasses - Final
Gambero Rosso 2018
Cabernet Kirchhügel Riserva DOC 2013
87/100 points
Luca Maroni 2017

89/100 points
Falstaff 2017

Gold medal
AWC Vienna 2016

2 glasses - Final
Gambero Rosso 2017

91/100 points - 3 stars
I vini di Veronelli 2017
Cabernet Kirchhügel Riserva DOC 2012
88 - 89,99 points - red award
Meran Wine Award

2 glasses
Gambero Rosso 2016

Silver medal
AWC Vienna 2015