Winemaking with That Instinctive Feeling
Nature and Balance before Short-lived Trends and Profit
The winegrowing area of Alto Adige comprises only around 5,500 hectares (13,600 acres). Numerous tiny grape growing areas fit together in the smallest of spaces like tiles of a mosaic in the complex topography between valleys and mountain areas. The composition of the soils and the microclimates change within just minimal distances. Within this Alpine-Mediterranean context with more than 150 different kinds of rock, Alto Adige’s winegrowers strive with great adaptability for a sustainable, natural balance. They plant grapevines at higher elevations and constantly drive forward ecological agriculture for future generations.
“Wine-growing has existed in Alto Adige for 3,000 years and has always had a strong cultural component. Numerous traditional customs have been handed down and are interwoven with the history of wine-growing. Sustainability, for example, aims not only to use our natural resources sparingly, but also to raise people's awareness of wine-growing’s high value and endurability. Fertile wine-growing land is scarce and precious in Alto Adige. In the delicate balancing act between tradition and innovation, Alto Adige Wine is therefore committed to continuing to develop wine-growing on a cultural and socio-economic basis for future generations of winemakers."
Maximilian NiedermayrPresident, Consortium of Alto Adige Wine