Terroir | Tipicity at the heart of the Alps

Alto Adige, the northernmost province of Italy, is located at the heart of the Alps, where Italy borders on Austria and Switzerland. That explains why the region can offer both snowcapped peaks and Mediterranean landscapes complete with palm and cypress trees.

Ours is one of the smallest wine-growing areas in Italy but – with vineyards on the slopes at the foot of 3,000 m high mountains in the north and on gentle sun-blessed hills in the south, it is also one of the most varied. A diversity of soils, elevations of between 200 and 1,000 m and a correspondingly multifaceted range of mesoclimates make it possible to cultivate over twenty different grape varieties and produce a very respectable share of top-quality wines, as confirmed in the leading national and international wine guides year in, year out.

Erste+Neue’s vineyard terraces are a picturesque site in the area around Lake Kaltern and on the slopes at the foot of the Mendola massif. The area under cultivation is located at the center of the wine-growing province of Alto Adige and comprises a number of individual sites, which have been planted with the most suitable grape varieties for their various soils and climatic conditions. Pampered by the warming rays of the southern sun and cooled by the fresh Alpine air of the mountains, the grapes embody the attractive landscape and produce wines as ambassadors of this wonderful corner of the world.