Meraner LandA land of castles and palaces – in the vineyards of the natural amphitheatre around Merano ripen grapes to produce outstanding wines
An excursion from Lagundo via Tirolo, Caines and Rifiano to Scena and from Marlengo via Cermes to Lana:
Winegrowing in the Meraner LandLagundo (320 m) lies northwest of Merano and is one of South Tyrol’s oldest winegrowing areas. Lagundo’s municipal coat of arms features a grapevine, indicating the historical importance of winegrowing to the village. The protected location known as the “Meraner Rosengarten” is outstandingly well suited to winegrowing, not to mention numerous other south-facing slopes, e.g. along the Lagundo “Waalweg”. Numerous castles, palaces and residences dot the landscape.
Tirolo (595 m) lies on a sunny high plateau, as if on a terrace above Merano. This tongue of land – a moraine cone – faces south. Blessed with favourable climate conditions, the locations of Segenbühl, Zenoberg (Blauburgunder), Sandbichl, Castle Tyrol (Weissburgunder, Merlot, Gewürztraminer) and Küchelberg (Vernatsch) produce grapes for some the Meran Burggräfler Winery’s top wines. Tirolo boasts the largest winegrowing area in the Burggrafenamt region. Castle Tyrol, the former seat of the Counts of Tyrol and today home to the South Tyrolean Museum of History – looks down gracefully over the distant Adige Valley.
Scena (600 m) can boast the most hours of sunshine in the Meraner Land. Its eastern terrace location above Merano offers plenty of evening sun. Scena is thus not just one of South Tyrol’s favourite tourist destinations, but is also an ideal location for the cultivation of white wines. The landscape is a mix of apple orchards and vineyards. Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Kerner are particularly at home here, with Vernatsch also present in places. Scena Castle is one of the most important castles in South Tyrol. Once in the possession of Archduke John of Austria, it is today inhabited by the Spiegelfeld family, Counts of Merano.
Cermes (320 m), with its undulating hills and cypresses among the vineyards, has a touch of Tuscany about it. High above, Lebensberg Castle looks out over the Adige Valley. The higher locations in Cermes catch plenty of morning sun and are highly suited for the cultivation of the Müller Thurgau, Weissburgunder and Sauvignon grape varieties.
Marlengo (330 m) lies to the west of Merano at the entry to the Vinschgau valley. Here the slopes enjoy the early morning sun above all. The romantic hillsides around the Schickenburg and the vineyards towards Nörder are particularly good Vernatsch locations, while Sauvignon and Goldmuskateller also thrive here. The head office of the Meran Burggräfler Winery is located in Marlengo, on the main road between Cermes and Merano (Via Palude 64).
Lana (300m) is the gateway to the south of the Burggrafenamt region. It lies southwest of Merano at the entry to the Ultimo Valley. This historic market town has long been an important commercial centre. In the valley, apple orchards predominate, while on the hillsides grow grapes. The castles of Braunsberg, Leonburg and the ruins of Brandis look out over the Merano basin. The location of Guggenberg in particular produces noble Goldmuskateller, Chardonnay und Weissburgunder grapes.
Rifiano (504 m) and Caines (595 m) lie 5 km north of Merano at the entrance to the Passirio Valley. This is the northern limit of Merano’s winegrowing area, with the northernmost vineyards lying beneath the hiking area of the Tessa Group. Weissburgunder and Vernatsch in particular unfold their fresh and fruity notes here.
> The Meraner Land cultivation area seen from the air
> To the Merano cultivation area
> To the Vinschgau cultivation area