"Where does Italy’s best Burgundy wine grow?"

Among winegrowers, Pinot noir is known internationally as the King of Red Wines.
But this red monarch is moody and extremely tricky. It doesn’t like warm sites, becoming jammy, flat and rather bland when it gets too much heat. South Tyrol, though, has the best Pinot noir sites in Italy.
In the middle of the nineteenth century the noble Pinot noir came to South Tyrol in a two-pronged maneuver: From the north, it arrived in Schenna and Merano upon the suggestion of Archduke John. From the south, it came to Welschtirol (Faedo) and Mazon/Neumarkt (the first plantings were known in Lombardy as early as the 1820s) at a snail’s pace. In its first 160 or 170 years planted in the vineyards of South Tyrol, the Pinot noir has shown astonishing development: For many decades it was misunderstood, or at best tolerated, because better business could be done with Vernatsch. After the Great Vernatsch Crisis of the 1970s and 1980s, however, cellars and cellarers alike gained some fondness for the demanding French stalwart, and peu á peu the Pinot noir became a bit more important. Astonishingly, today it ranks amongst the leading varieties.

“Where does the best Pinot noir in Italy grow?” Pinot noir dislikes warm sites. In addition to larger premium locations at Mazon/Neumarkt and Pinzon/Montan, South Tyrol is lucky enough to have several cool sites, of various small sizes, on which the capricious Pinot noir grows well, ranging from Salurn-Buchholz in the south all the way up to the rugged Vinschgau Valley. The enotecas of the Vinum Hotels stock the full range of outstanding Alto Adige Pinot noir, originating from small parcels and Grand Crus alike, delighting wine lovers with exciting vertical tastings.

The Pinot Noir Days in Neumarkt and Montan made a significant contribution to the rise of the Alto Adige Pinot noir. Every May, the best Italian Pinot is selected as part of this event. We’re proud that a member of the Vinum Hotels has earned that honor this year:

Klosterhof Winery has won first place, with its 2014 Pinot Noir Riserva. Congratulations!

The competition results over the last years show that often South Tyrol leads, and the rest of the Italian field follows. In the last decade, eight of the winning wines were from South Tyrol!

Every Pinot noir aficionado is searching for distinctive adventures and passion. The Pinot noirs of South Tyrol have largely preserved their originality and regional identity. They taste of wind and weather, of gravel, moraine and clay soils; sometimes like an ideal vintage, and sometimes like an unruly one. But these wines always have a clearly recognizable style; they are irregular and exciting, just like the mountains slopes on which they grow. And they arouse curiosity as a result. Andreas März, the well-known Swiss wine author, writes about the delightful character and bouquet of the fine Alto Adige Pinot noir: “Without wishing to offend the Pinots of other Italian regions, I believe that the grape yields wines that exhibit the varietal character and possess the elegance of the great paragons of Burgundy only in the classic Pinot vineyards of South Tyrol.”
Preview of the Vinum Hotel June Wine Story

“Help! Which wine to pair with my artichoke carpaccio?”

The Ideal Wine Steward – Wine and helpful descriptions: exquisite dishes and the best wine tips.

How annoying is it when the wine glasses arrive late – let alone when whites are served either too warm or too cold? At the South Tyrol Vinum Hotels, expert wine service is fundamental to your holiday. Thanks to top-notch wine service, even the most unusual wine requests can be fulfilled. In June, the Vinum Hotel Wine Story is dedicated to all of South Tyrol’s clever, unobtrusive, friendly and knowledgeable wine stewards!