An Extraordinary Vintage that will Remain in the Memory for a Long, Long Time
Alto Adige’s winegrowers and winemakers are extremely pleased about the outstanding 2015 vintage for both red and white wines. The quality is inspiring: the harvested grapes were healthy in every respect, with excellent extract and sugar levels. In 2015, Alto Adige’s vineyards remained protected from illnesses to the greatest extent possible. In keeping with the dedication to integrated cultivation, the use of pesticides could be reduced to a minimum. And even the high temperatures in the record dry summer did not damage the grapes. The heat stress even had positive effects upon the red varieties. For the white grape varieties, the weather shortly before the harvest was decisive. The moderate temperatures and the cooler nights starting from the second half of September 2015 were ideal for the white wine grape varieties.
So what exactly is it, then, that makes 2015 such an outstanding vintage in Alto Adige? For each grape variety, the ideal time for the harvest could be chosen at will! In the winegrowing regions of Alto Adige/Südtirol, the harvest began in general in mid-September, and for the first white wine varieties, even as early as the first days of September. By the middle of October, the harvest was completed in nearly all of the wine cultivation areas. And the harvest quantities also provided reason to celebrate: they are now once again in line with the average over many years.
The 2015 vintage in Alto Adige/Südtirol presents itself with fabulously beautiful, mature aromas which are full of body and which emphasize the fruit with the white wines – above all else with the Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewürztraminer. The Schiava (Vernatsch) wines show themselves as accessible and full of body with luminescent colors. The other red wine varieties are powerful, well-structured, and harmonious, in particular with the Lagrein, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet standing out. Wine lovers everywhere can look forward to top-quality Alto Adige wines that will impress drinkers with their longevity, structure, and elegance.