VINUM-Hotel - March Wine Letter

South Tyrolean Wine Route - the greatest wine paradise in South Tyrol
The most famous road in South Tyrol is a concentrated blend of medieval castles, Renaissance palazzi, picturesque villages and baroque churches

The South Tyrolean Wine Route begins in Nals, winding through Andrian in Überetsch to Eppan and Kaltern, continuing from Terlan to Bozen and then on to the lowlands of Pfatten, Auer, Montan, Neumarkt to Salurn and from there via Kurtinig to Margreid, Kurtatsch and Tramin. Established in 1964 in the style of the German Wine Route, this wine route is extremely well-known and because of its cultural landscape, is probably the most beautiful road in South Tyrol. As early as the Middle Iron Age (6th to 5th century BC), the Rhaetian were conducting systematic viticulture including cultivation, vine training and pruning. In the year 15BC, the Romans pushed north from the Po valley to the Adige valley, conquered ​the area of South Tyrol and marveled at its flourishing wine landscape. The first known Roman winemaker in the South Tyrol area is believed to have been legionnaire Cornelius. He cultivated a stately vineyard in a wonderfully panoramic position in Eppan, to be exact, in Girlan. Today, an exemplary wine trail leads through Girlan’s seemingly archaic vineyards, which to a large extent are still influenced by "Pergeln", traditional South Tyrolean grapevine arbors: an idyllic wine trail with detailed information boards for visitors.
Wine characterizes the landscape - the vineyards along the South Tyrolean Wine Route cover 4,250 hectares, corresponding to 84% of South Tyrol’s vineyards! With over 1,800 hours of sunshine a year, the low-lying valleys provide ideal conditions for fruity, powerful red wines with alpine elegance - especially the autochthonous Lagrein and Vernatsch varieties. Lagrein and Vernatsch known as “bozenäre” have even been mentioned as valuable local wines in medieval documents. Lagrein, a heavy, dark red now belongs to South Tyrol’s most important leading wines. The St. Magdalena Preservation Consortium laid down the groundwork in the twentieth century through consultations, comparative tastings and the development of guidelines for St. Magdalener so that Vernatsch from St. Magdalena Hill now holds the highest regard in the wine specialized press.

The most important white wine variety of South Tyrol is Pinot Blanc. One finds excellent Pinot Blanc everywhere there is lime in the soil, like on the higher altitudes of Eppan, the largest wine-growing community in the country - here Pinot Blanc develops its special fruity apple note, alpine spiciness and teasing acidity.
The Vernatsch wine takes its name from Lake Kaltern around which it is planted thus developing an elegant fruity note by virtue of the Mediterranean microclimate. The Kalterersee Vernatsch presents itself with a glistening, pale to deeper ruby red colour, fruity fresh aromas with notes of cherries and raspberries, bitter almond and violet tones. Kalterersee, produced in keeping with the strict rules of the Kalterersee Charter – the Vernatsch for every day and every occasion.
The South Tyrolean Wine Route is a concentrated blend of medieval castles, Renaissance palazzi, picturesque villages, Baroque churches and thousands of inherent winegrowers, many of whom, in accordance with old customs, produce good wines for themselves. Like in Tramin, home to Gewürztraminer, which at a height of 600m on the clay and limestone layers of the hamlet Söll, develops exotic flavors reminiscent of Thousand and One Nights: dewy rose petals and lychees, orange peel and acacia honey, sugar figs and grapefruit essence.

The best Pinot Noir in Italy grows on the opposite side of the valley, on the gentle wine terraces of Neumarkt-Mazon. The delicate king among red wines forms its incomparable elegant cherry aroma on cool Mazoner September nights. At the annually held "National Pinot Noir Days" in Montan and Neumarkt, the international tasting jury regularly honors Mazoner Pinot Noir with first place.
The VINUM-Hotel - April Wine Letter

The Royal spring vegetable - South Tyrolean asparagus and the ideal asparagus wine

The asparagus originates from the East. The home of the South Tyrolean asparagus is Terlan, to be more precise, the asparagus triangle between Siebeneich, Terlan and Vilpian, where today more than half of South Tyrol's annual production is harvested. Terlan asparagus are successfully marketed in Terlan Winery under the protected designation of origin "Margarete". The April VINUM-Hotel Wine Letter presents South Tyrolean asparagus culture along with the best whites.