The Vinschgau

The Vinschgau contains the South Tyrol’s smallest contiguous winegrowing area
The Vinschgau: the ideal cool-climate winegrowing area
The Vinschgau is one of the driest Alpine valleys. Since 1995 is has enjoyed protected DOC status. A unique area, its sparse, sandy soils of weathered slate and gneiss on the steep, warm slopes on the Vinschgau Sonnenberg produce outstanding grapes for fine mountain wines.
To the north are the Ötztaler Alps, to the west extends the Ortles region and to the south lies the spa town of Merano. This landscape, with its Alpine features, produces very distinctive minerally wines, which the Meran Burggräfler Winery then markets in its own Vinschgau “Sonnenberg” line. The wines have plenty of character, reflecting their origin, with warm, dry summer days, windy spring and autumn weeks, biting winter frosts and, in particular, the strong variations in temperature between day and night.

Apart from the sophisticated Riesling variety and a particularly fruity Weissburgunder, the Vernatsch and Blauburgunder grown here express extravagant notes. In former times known more as a fruit-growing region, the Vinschgau has in the last years experienced an enormous upswing as a winegrowing area and is South Tyrol’s most recent DOC area. Winegrowing is concentrated in particular on the characteristic steep locations and the winegrowing estates divided into small plots at heights of 500-800m between Naturno and Castelbello.

> The Vinschgau cultivation area seen from the air
> To the Meraner Land winegrowing villages
> To the City of Merano cultivation area
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