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
Days of sun
loamy - sandy - gravelly
sandy - loamy
Our red wine locations
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.
In the evening, the fleshy grapes are cooled by fresh fall winds. This unique terroir gives our Merlot its Alpine character.
The mild evening sun and low sun intensity are decisive for the lively fruit and characteristic array of aromas of our Pinot noirs.
This, coupled with the steepness of the vineyards, brings forth exceptionally elegant Pinot noirs.
Our white wine locations
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here, Müller-Thurgau, with its high cold resistance, finds ideal conditions on sandy, loamy dolomite soil with quartz minerals.