What makes a veritable South Tyrolean summer wine?

Lagrein Kretzer, rosy Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir), Sekt Rosé – the ideal South Tyrolean sparkling wines for the hottest days of the year!
Worldwide interest in rosé wines has significantly grown in recent years. Here too there are the first signs that a few wineries are taking Lagrein from good locations for rosé, bottling rosy Blauburgunder and using the traditional champagne method to produce high-quality sparkling rosé wine for discerning wine lovers.

The Vinum Hotels wine bulletin for July follows the trend for these pale red and elegantly salmon-pink wines round the wine bars of South Tyrol. During these hot summer days the advice of the sommeliers at South Tyrol’s Vinum Hotels is particularly welcome!
With his “Arunda” sparkling wine, Sepp Reiterer is one of the pioneers leading the new South Tyrolean bubbly boom. In particular his “Arunda” Rosé – a blend of 50% Weissburgunder (Pinot Bianco) and 50% Blauburgunder (Pinot Nero) – is right up among Central Europe’s finest sparkling wines: it ages two years in the bottle on the fine lees, with occasional turning by hand until the yeast and grape aromas are thoroughly diffused.

An extremely elegant yet uncomplicated sparkling wine from a master’s hand, it is very balanced in taste and adds a lively and refreshing tone to the panoramic terraces of the Vinum Hotels in South Tyrol.
 
 
What makes a veritable summer wine?

It can – say experienced makers and lovers of wine – taste of freshly mown mountain meadows, but it does not necessarily have to. The most important thing is that we enjoy drinking it and that it leaves a pleasant twinkle in the eye. A good example is the traditional South Tyrolean Lagrein Kretzer, which was documented as far back as the Middle Ages. The Lagrein Kretzer almost became extinct in the 1990s: now it can again be found on wine lists in South Tyrol. The rough Lagrein Kretzer of yesteryear was highly popular, although its high malic acid content often induced hot-headedness, which could even degenerate into fisticuffs in the deep cellars. This danger is now (largely) a thing of the past, as our dear winemakers perform a so-called second fermentation on the Kretzer: this turns the hard malic acid into milder lactic acid, reducing the high malic acid content of former times.

Josephus Mayr of the Unterganznerhof estate in Bozen not only makes a superior “ordinary” Lagrein Kretzer in his cellar; he is so convinced of the potential of this archetypal South Tyrolean rosé wine that he even produces a Lagrein Spätlese (late vintage)! This is a breathtakingly fruity Lagrein Kretzer, with an intense strawberry scent – truly a quality ambassador for the entire South Tyrolean winegrowing region.

In the wine bar at Tramin, Janus, the double-faced Roman god of entrances and exits, is a god of wine – with one head he is a youth with grapes, with the other he is an experienced wine bibber who enjoys his full jug of wine. This wine god is the agreeable emblem of the Tramin Winery, where Willi and Gerlinde Walch and their daughter Ingun are innovative wine producers: theirs is the only South Tyrolean winery that leaves a Gewürztraminer for so long on the skins that it acquires the colour of a robin’s breast feathers, after which this rare, beguilingly scented Gewürztraminer is named.

Since 2001 the trio have been making the Blauburgunder Rosé “Ingun”: it is a shocking pink in colour, offering raspberries and exotic fruits in the nose and a serene, fruity and powerful taste on the palate.

A wine to savour by the full moon on a summer’s night at the Vinum Hotels in South Tyrol!
 
 
The Vinum Hotel wine story for August:

Legendary winemakers of South Tyrol – a portrait of the pioneers of the region’s wine miracle: the best South Tyrolean winemakers were always aware of the tremendous potential of South Tyrolean wine, and that good vintages and wines from excellent locations will keep to a ripe old age. Friedrich Boscarolli, Sebastian Stocker and Hans Terzer – the VINUM Hotels of South Tyrol pay homage to three exceptional local winemakers who were always one step ahead of their time.