20.06.2017

Who Would've Known?

A little quiz of knowledge on Alto Adige's superlatives of winegrowing

Where is the highest vineyard in all of Europe located? In order for you to be able to score the most points with right answers the next time you are discussing trivia with friends, we have put together the superlatives from the winegrowing region of Alto Adige here.

So let's get right to it. The highest vineyard in all of Europe is located in Alto Adige at an elevation of 1,340 meters (4,396 feet). The winegrowing family Van den Dries moved from the Netherlands to Laatsch in the Val Venosta in order to pursue their passion for winegrowing there on the steep southern slopes below the Marienberg monastery.

Unconditional passion. That same characteristic also distinguishes Josef Reiterer who, in the mountain village of Mölten at 1,200 meters (3,937 feet), operates the Arunda Winery for Sparkling Wines. In his home town here, he has found those ideal conditions that make the careful méthode champenoise (fermentation in the bottle) possible for his sparkling wine.

On the other hand, those who take delight in mineral-rich and fruity white wines know where they have to go: to the northernmost winegrowing region of Italy. And that, as another superlative within the territory of Alto Adige, is found in the Isarco Valley, which is characterized by Kerner, Riesling, and Sylvaner.

And speaking of grapevines: last but not least, one historical particularity also merits entry in the list of superlatives: the largest and, in fact, oldest grapevine in the world spreads out its 300 sq. m.( 3,200 sq. ft.) foliage in the gardens of Katzenzungen Castle in Prissian and has reached an age of 350 years. Every year, the historically significant Versoaln grapes are pressed into a strictly limited number of bottles of wine.
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