Terroir

Place of
Excellent Quality

Typical for the Eisack Valley are the light, well-aerated soils and the rather dry climate. Whereas at the beginning of the 1960s it was mainly red wines that were cultivated, today the Cantina Valle Isarco is known for its first-class white wines.

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Sylvaner
Sylvaner
500 - 800 m

This grape variety, most probably originally from Germany, was introduced to Alto Adige in around 1900. Today it is cultivated mainly in the Valle Isarco. Sylvaner prefers the well-ventilated and sunny hillsides at intermediate altitudes, in the mid Valle Isarco. The loose and gravelly soils provide this wine with unique breed and although similar to its homonyms from the other side of the Alps, it retains the unmistakable typicality of Valle Isarco wines.

Müller Thurgau
Müller Thurgau
500 - 980 m

The Müller Thurgau variety is a Riesling and Madeleine Royale hybrid created in Geisenheim (Germany) at the end of the 19th century by the Swiss botanist Hermann Müller, who gave it this name because he came from the Thurgau canton. This grape variety prefers the elevated and sunny hillsides of the Valle Isarco featuring a thinly structured soil. The colder climate of these higher altitude areas and especially the fresh night during grape ripening season give Müller Thurgau its typical freshness and that variegated bouquet to which it owes its frame.

Grüner Veltliner
Grüner Veltliner
450 - 780 m

In Alto Adige, the Grüner Veltliner variety of Austrian origin is grown almost exclusively in the Valle Isarco. Considering the practically total disappearance of the original Frühroter Veltliner stock, today mostly the Veltliner Verde is cultivated. This grape variety prefers deep, fertile and warm soils capable of transmitting to the wine those characteristics that make it a veritable rarity within the Alto Adige wine-making scenario.

Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio
480 - 650 m

Pinot Grigio, is one of the noblest varieties of the Burgundy family of wine grapes. It prefers the lightly clayey soils of the mid and lower Valle Isarco that give it unique strength and expression.

Kerner
Kerner
590 - 970 m

The Kerner variety is a Schiava and Riesling hybrid created in Weinsberg (Germany) around 1930. It prefers the light, gravelly and sandy soils of the higher altitude, sunny hillsides of the mid Valle Isarco. Despite their late ripening period, these grapes provide a highly acclaimed full-bodied and tasty wine.

Gewürztraminer
Gewürztraminer
420 - 775 m

Originally from Tramin, this grape variety is now cultivated worldwide. In the Valle Isarco, Gewürztraminer is grown on the terraces most exposed to the sun, wich gives this wine that incomparable aroma and those characteristics that have made it one of the gratest among white wines.

Pinot bianco
Pinot bianco
460 - 710 m

Given its peculiar climatic and exposure requirements, Pinot Bianco grows only in the warmer areas of the lower Valle Isarco where the sunny hillside soils rich in porphyry generate a white wine with a typical Burgundy-style bouquet and strong character.

Chardonnay
Chardonnay
475 - 720 m

This grape variety comes from Burgundy where it was renowned already in the 14th century. Today it is grown worldwide, and in the lower Valle Isarco it finds the ideal climatic conditions for acquiring its typical taste.

Sauvignon
Sauvignon
420 - 750 m

Originally from France, this grape variety was brought to Alto Adige about 100 years ago but only much more recently to the Valle Isarco. The porphyry-rich, warm, frost-protected soils of the lower Valle Isarco with their SE exposure confer to this wine the characteristics that have made it one of the noblest among white wines.

Riesling
Riesling
580 - 820 m

The origins of Riesling date back to Germany and are one of the finest grape varieties. Brought to Alto Adige in the nineteenth century by Archduke Johann of Austria the grapes grow especially in the cooler regions and do his best on steep slopes. This sublime grape has the best conditions to grow in Isarco Valley.

Schiava
Schiava
395 - 720 m

Schiava, the grape variety most typical of and most commonly cultivated in South Tyrol, is instead scarcely grown in the Valle Isarco. The production area, located at the mouth of the valley, north of Bolzano, fully meets the needs of this variety, providing the typical Schiava elegance and fruity notes that have made this red wine the most renowned of Alto Adige. 

Blauburgunder
Blauburgunder
360 - 710 m

Pinot Nero is a wine made of a variety of noble origins: from Burgundy in France, it was brought to South Tyrol about 100 years ago. The warm hillsides around Campodazzo, in the lower Valle Isarco, provide the ideal conditions for the growing of this acclaimed variety, giving the wine the expressivity and typicality that have made it one of the most refined reds.

Lagrein
Lagrein
230 - 400 m

Lagrein is one of South Tyrol’s most noble red wines. For centuries, this grape variety has been grown in the warm and gravelly soils of the Bolzano–Gries area that give this wine its strong and expressive character.

Zweigelt
Zweigelt
500 - 730 m

Zweigelt is a grape variety that finds its ideal cultivation area at medium altitudes. This is why it has gained a leading position among the varieties typically grown in Valle Isarco. The Wine is obtained from selected and  fully ripe Zweigelt grapes, fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in wooden barrels.
It is fermented and aged in steel vats so that the resulting wine proves fresh, fruity and youthful. Its garnet red colour is full of light and recalls the delicate fragrance of cherries and wild berries. To the palate it is fresh and full of mineral nuances, combined with smooth and pleasant notes of tannin and of light acidity.

Winery

Cantina Valle Isarco.
Prestigious White Wines.

The Cantina Valle Isarco is the youngest wine-making cooperative in Alto Adige; nowadays its premium white wines have already become famous both at home and abroad.

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