Historical aspects of winegrowing in South Tyrol:

South Tyrol is well-known as the oldest winegrowing region in the German-speaking area. The world’s oldest grapevine still grows at Katzenzungen Castle in Prissiano, near Merano. The Romans used wooden barrels here for the first time in place of the two-handled amphora made of clay. In the Middle Ages numerous German monasteries established their vineyards in the southern part of Tyrol. The wine trade has had a central, historical importance in the commercial activity of the city of Bolzano. Merano became particularly famous worldwide as a health resort with its grape cure and, in the 21st century, has transformed itself into one of the most diversified winegrowing areas in South Tyrol.
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