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Penon

450 - 700 M
The spectacularly located district of Penon, with altitudes ranging between 450 and 700 meters, is characterized by cooling nighttime katabatic winds. The slopes face the east. This causes substantial ...
Discover the Pinot Grigio PENÓNER
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Penon-Hofstatt

500 - 650 M
The hamlet of Hofstatt lies above the village of Kurtatsch. Cooling fall winds in the evening provide for great temperature swings between day and night and create an ideal, breezy microclimate. The ...
Discover the Pinot Bianco HOFSTATT
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Graun

800 - 900 M
This picturesque high plateau crowning the dolomite cliffs above Kurtatsch is among the highest winegrowing locations in Alto Adige. Its elevation and the southeast facing vineyards result in some of ...
Discover the Müller Thurgau GRAUN
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Brenntal

220 - 300 M
The Brenntal location north of the village of Kurtatsch belongs among the warmest locations (up to 40°C/104°F) in Alto Adige. The vines on these steep slopes with its intensive sunshine grow ...
Discover the Merlot Riserva BRENNTAL
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Penon-Kofl

450 - 600 M
Kofl, in the Alpine area of German-speakers, means "mountain knoll". The proximity of these steep slopes to the westerly mountain range guarantees an early sunset. The evening fall winds provide for ...
Discover the Sauvignon KOFL
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Mazon

350 - 450 M
The Mazon location is one of the best-known Pinot noir locations in Italy and occupies a plateau across the valley from Kurtatsch. Here, our demanding Pinot noir vines grow on sandy, loamy ...
Discover the Pinot Nero Riserva MAZON
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Glen

450 - 650 M
Not far from the Mazon vineyards is our second Pinot noir location, somewhat higher in altitude. While the soil characteristics of the two locations are similar, the location of Glen has somewhat ...
Discover the Pinot Nero Riserva GLEN

Terroir

From 220 to 900 m within one municipality.
Unique in Europe.

Our goal: the sustainable production of characterful wines that mirror their varying origins in the very best way. 

Our most important capital is our unique vineyards. Our philosophy is molded by the term “terroir”, the geographical, climatic and geological characteristics of a vineyard. These give the wine its distinctive character.

Vineyard by Vineyard.
Wine by Wine.

Vineyards on breathtakingly steep slopes from 220-900m a.s.l. - such a large difference in altitude within one municipality is unique in Europe. The low elevations are among the warmest in Alto Adige and are prefect for important red wines. On the high-altitude sites above the main village of Kurtatsch, the white varieties find ideal conditions.

The meticulous endeavor to produce wines that reflect their terroir creates distinctive and unmistakable wines. In the cellar, we let the wine unfold itself - so each wine reflects its place of origin.

Kurtatsch’s terroir in a nutshell

Geographical characteristics
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Exposure

East
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West
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Altitude

900 m 220 m

Slope

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80%
80% of the vineyards in slopes

Vineyards

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70%
70% of the vineyards in the municipality
Climatic characteristics
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Climate

Alpine-continental climate with Mediterranean influences

Days of sun

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300

Temperatures

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28°C
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15°C
High day/night temperature difference through steep vineyards and cooling down-falling winds from the Mendola ridge
Geological characteristics
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White wines

Structure
loamy - sandy - gravelly
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Soil
Limestone
Dolomite
Dark grey clayey rock
Limestone/dolomite conglomerate

Red wines

Structure
sandy - loamy
clay-sand
Soil
Red Sandstone
Dolomite
Dark grey clayey rock
Limestone/dolomite conglomerate

Our red wine locations

Red wine

The vineyards below the village of Kurtatsch (200-300m a.s.l.) count among the warmest in Alto Adige. The gravelly, loamy soils are ideal for Merlot, Cabernet franc and Cabernet sauvignon, predestined for the production of top international red wines with an Alpine character. Our Merlot, Cabernet franc and Cabernet sauvignon grapes ripen on the steep slopes of the Brenntal vineyards. The Pinot noir grapes for our Riserva wines grow across the valley from Kurtatsch, in the best-known locations for Pinot noir in Italy: the Mazon and Glen locations.

Brenntal

The Brenntal location north of the village of Kurtatsch belongs among the warmest locations (up to 40°C/104°F) in Alto Adige. The vines on these steep slopes with its intensive sunshine grow on red, sandy loam.

In the evening, the fleshy grapes are cooled by fresh fall winds. This unique terroir gives our Merlot its Alpine character.

220 - 300 m

Mazon

The Mazon location is one of the best-known Pinot noir locations in Italy and occupies a plateau across the valley from Kurtatsch. Here, our demanding Pinot noir vines grow on sandy, loamy conglomerate with clay minerals and oxides.

The mild evening sun and low sun intensity are decisive for the lively fruit and characteristic array of aromas of our Pinot noirs.

350 - 450 m

Glen

Not far from the Mazon vineyards is our second Pinot noir location, somewhat higher in altitude. While the soil characteristics of the two locations are similar, the location of Glen has somewhat higher sun intensity.

This, coupled with the steepness of the vineyards, brings forth exceptionally elegant Pinot noirs.

450 - 650 m

Our white wine locations

White wine

Our best white wines thrive at breezy, high-altitude sites (450-900 m a.s.l.) above the main village. The microclimate of this steep terrain, which can be risky at times, is also influenced by the cooling katabatic winds that arise in the evenings. A marked temperature difference between daytime and nighttime preserves the wine’s fresh flavors and lively acidity. The permeable, calcareous dolomite soil also characterizes the mineral character of our white wines.

Penon-Kofl

Kofl, in the Alpine area of German-speakers, means "mountain knoll". The proximity of these steep slopes to the westerly mountain range guarantees an early sunset.

The evening fall winds provide for important cooling of the delicate grapes. With the high share of limestone in the porous soil rich in dolomite, the Kofl vineyards constitute ideal terroir for Sauvignons with long potential for ageing.

450 - 600 m

Penon-Hofstatt

The hamlet of Hofstatt lies above the village of Kurtatsch. Cooling fall winds in the evening provide for great temperature swings between day and night and create an ideal, breezy microclimate.

The mineral-rich structure of dolomite, quartz, mica and clay minerals is still visible in house or dry masonry walls in this hamlet and forms, together with the climatic conditions, an ideal environment for growing Pinot Blanc.

500 - 650 m

Penon

The spectacularly located district of Penon, with altitudes ranging between 450 and 700 meters, is characterized by cooling nighttime katabatic winds. The slopes face the east.

This causes substantial temperature differences between day and night, which together with the permeable, chalky dolomite soil yield a distinctive Pinot Grigio with an exceedingly lively acidity structure.

450 - 700 m

Graun

This picturesque high plateau crowning the dolomite cliffs above Kurtatsch is among the highest winegrowing locations in Alto Adige. Its elevation and the southeast facing vineyards result in some of the highest intensity of sun in Alto Adige along with large temperature swings between day and night.

Here, Müller-Thurgau, with its high cold resistance, finds ideal conditions on sandy, loamy dolomite soil with quartz minerals.

800 - 900 m
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