In the midst of a spectacular landscape of apple orchards, dominated by the Ortler towering above at nearly 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), the Val Venosta [Vinschgau] has discovered an island for winegrowing. With its favorable climate receiving only 50 centimeters (20 inches) of rain per year (half as much as in the Bassa Atesina), cool climate winegrowing is carried out on the infertile, sandy soils. Extremely fine-structured Alto Adige white wines and red wines flourish here, with grapes such as Pinot Blanc, Müller Thurgau, and Pinot Noir developing into genuine Val Venosta wine varieties. Ever since achieving DOC status in 1995, the apple paradise that is Val Venosta has turned more and more into a winegrowing region.


Vineyard area:  43 ha
Vineyard elevations:500 - 800 m. above sea level
Soils:Weathered slate and gneiss, infertile any sandy
Production: 51% white wine, 49% red wine
Most important varieties:Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Schiava