The active commercial activity in Bolzano, where the Italian and German lifestyles met, had an influence upon the society in Alto Adige. That is also reflected in the architecture in the winegrowing zone south of Bolzano. Between 1550 and 1650, winegrowing farmhouses and manors were built. Their forms came to be called the Upper Adige or Oltradige architectural style, uniting elements of the German Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles: bays, loggias, outdoor staircases, and mullioned windows. A long time ago, the architects of Alto Adige detached themselves from the old master builders from Venice and Lombardy and developed their own up-to-date style, which is also evident with wineries in the fusion of new ideas with existing buildings.

Worth Experiencing

The historical wine villages along the Alto Adige Wine Route are captivating through their flair and unified architectural style: thus Eppan (Appiano) has the highest density of manors and castles in all of Europe, Margreid with its many archways has an urbane effect, and it is rumored about Girlan that there are wineries that have more space underground than above it.

The initiative “wein.kaltern” tells tales of farmhouses, wineries, and squares in the wine village of Alto Adige. The “winecenter” at the entrance to the village brings these stories to life. 

The materials and shape of the façade of the Schreckbichl Winery in Girlan are reminiscent of oak barrels, providing the winery with a fitting appearance.

The heart of the renovated Terlan Winery is the porphyry cellar lined with both fine and coarse stone slabs.

The vinery spaces of the Manincor Winery in Caldaro were built beneath the vineyard. Only the tasting room and the sales pavilion are set up above ground – this is where the enjoyment of wine ant the art of architecture combine with an unsurpassed view of Lake Caldaro.

Striking, angular, bold – like two arms that are reminiscent in both form and color of grapevines, the wine shop and the tasting room of the Tramin Winery reach out to grasp the landscape.

In 2012 winery Pfitscher in Montan/Montagna was the first to get the certification ClimaHouse Wine. This quality seal shows the efforts towards more sustainability reviewing the environmental compatibility of the building as well as the comfort for employees and visitors.

The Meraner Winery has proven its far-sighted approach since March 2013. The glass-enclosed pavilion on the top floor of the building allows visitors an uninterrupted view of the vineyards in the Merano basin.

Kobler Winerys wine room was built into the old building like a case. The materials and the colors of the degustation room were selected in order to focus all the attention on the wine.

“Bringing nature indoors.” That was Alois Lageder’s goal for the project and construction of a new complex of winemaking facilities and cellars at the historical Löwengang estate in Magrè. Focusing on sustainable construction techniques, biological building materials, and the use of renewable sources of energy, the project was inaugurated in 1995 and was soon recognized as the harbinger of contemporary winery architecture in Alto Adige.

The winery, modernized in 2011, thanks to the joining of historical structures and the high standards of modern wine production, a complex of buildings evolved, that perfectly expresses the qualities of the Winery Nals Margreid.

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