Vintage History

  • Vintage 2016

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    A Good, Exciting Vintage for Both Red and White!
    The expectations for the year 2016 are very high: the excellent grape ripening offered the best conditions - the white wines combine high maturity, full-bodied fruit, finest acidity and dense structure. The red wines show concentrated color, fruit and ripe tannins. The capricious summer of 2016 posed a good many challenges to our winegrowers: aside from a few hot summer days, there were numerous wet days with above-average rainfall. In the end, the lovely, dry weeks from late August through early September were like a blessing, with warm days and cool nights. In addition, the cooler temperatures at the beginning of maturity slowed down the maturation process of the grapes. For that reason, the 2016 harvest began around ten days later than in 2015. 

  • Vintage 2015

    2015 will surely be recorded as a great year in the history of our cellar. The perfect ripening of our grapes, good tannins and a harmonious body are the foundation of exceptional wines - fruity, intense, and with a high density of flavour. In terms of weather, 2015 demanded a lot from our vines. The extreme temperatures put them to the test. Spring blossoming, in the lower areas, started in the middle of May. In Cornaiano it started around 20 May. The reason for this delay was a cold front that initially gave us a certain degree of serenity. In theory, therefore, the following months should have been good. However, all through June, July and August, the weather was hot and dry, with no exceptions. In the lower areas, the temperature was so high that the natural rhythm slowed down. Ripening proceeded slowly, with a slightly better situation in areas on the hills.

    If we have managed to reach a "happy ending", most of the credit goes to the month of September. The cool nights allowed the freshness and acidity to remain intact, thus paving the way to an excellent vintage. The harvest began almost simultaneously on 7 September, for most types of grape and in almost all areas. The vernaccia harvest, on the other hand, began on 25 September.We expect a vintage with an all-time high level of quality, especially for the Vernaccia and Pinot Nero red wines. In addition, the Chardonnay, Traminer, Armomatico, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon white wines are all very promising.

  • Vintage 2014

    We held our breath in 2014 because of the weather. The year began in a very promising way, with a warm spring that caused an early bloom and an equally early bud development. We had a standard June, but from July to the end of August weather conditions were very difficult, with lots of rain, little sun and a high percentage of humidity in the air, which caused great suffering to vines below 400 m altitude. Our growers did however follow our instructions and worked in the vineyards with great diligence and dedication. To cope with the difficult situation we had to carry out an intensive trimming of the shoots and devote meticulous care to the vines. The elimination of damaged plants reduced the harvest by 15%-20%, but the most important thing for us was to have perfectly healthy grapes. Vineyards located at higher altitudes, on the other hand, were able to take advantage of a fine weather in autumn, so much so that in mid-September the grapes were virtually in perfect conditions.

    We expect results of very high quality for Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon, but for Gewürztraminer and Pinot Nero, although we anticipate a good year, the quantity produced will be lower. Our Vernatsch “Fass No. 9” and Vernatsch “Gschleier” are an entirely different story. Only grapes coming from 60-90 year old vines are used to produce these wines. In such a difficult year, they will come off better than the younger ones: the 2014 vintage will give us very fruity and elegant wines, with distinctive varietal characteristics.

  • Vintage 2013

    We started to harvest in mid-September, about two weeks later than the previous year, according to location and weather conditions. Despite some bad weather, in 2013 there have been no particular problems in the vineyards. Apart from the exceptionally violent hailstorm that occurred on 22 July and destroyed part of the harvest in the stricken areas, especially in the Bassa Atesina area. Luckily, our members’ vineyards suffered only limited damage.  We expect an excellent year for our whites, which promise to be fresh, fruity and aromatic. We are also very pleased with the degree of ripeness and health of our Schiava and Pinot Nero. This year will be characterized by soft, elegant reds, with typical varietal character.

  • Vintage 2012

    Our winegrowers brought us healthy grapes, with very good acidity. During the flowering period we had some days of cold and frostThe period of cold and frost during flowering and then the hot, dry weeks in July have left their traces quantitatively. Depending on the variety and location we are seeing around the five to ten percent lower amount compared to last year. Smaller and smaller grape berries have led to a higher concentration of active ingredients in the berries. The sugar levels are compared to the 2011 harvest will be slightly lower and lower the alcohol content of the wines. The white wines have developed good fruity notes with intense aromas, while the reds are harmonic, vinous, elegant with excellent structure.

  • Vintage 2011

    The golden days of late summer got everything ready. Although during 2011, many winegrowers at times looked at their vineyards with apprehension. But in the autumn, they harvested thoroughly ripe, healthy grapes.  The 2011 wine harvest began two weeks earlier, lasted considerably longer than was at first expected and, with just a few exceptions, was accompanied by absolute picture book weather. The results can be seen and, above all else, can be tasted. What the winegrowers picked during the 2011 harvest and the producers pressed and stored in their cellars is raising hopes for an outstanding vintage for 2011, as emerges from a survey in the various winegrowing regions of Alto Adige. The grapes demonstrated consistently high sugar levels. Although in comparison to the previous year, the acidity was somewhat reduced, nevertheless the connection between them was balanced. The white wines are showing a crispy freshness, and with the red wines, it is above all the Lagrein and Pinot Noir that are promising great drinking pleasure. On August 27th we had some hail, but due to the discipline of the winegrowers, who tirelessly busied themselves in the vineyards removing the affected berries. In this way, it was possible to prevent a spread of rotting to the healthy grapes.

  • Vintage 2010

    We are justifiably satisfied with the wines of the year 2010. These wines present themselves as fruity, fresh, and with their typical balanced harmony and appealing full-bodied structure. We had very dry weather in the early part of the year, which delayed the onset of the growing season. The year continued with early-summer temperatures, sunshine, and rather little precipitation. The lengthy hot and dry period in June and July was slightly disadvantageous for the growth of the grapes. The rainy period in August was thus very welcome. The cool nights have had a positive impact upon the ripening and quality of the grapes. But the in part low yields (depending upon the variety, between 10% and 25% lower than in 2009) were the prerequisite for the good to very good qualities of grapes we could harvest, given the somewhat dry conditions.

  • Vintage 2009

    The 2009 vintage has been marked by a regular climate.  The harvest was brought forward by about 2 weeks compared to the 2008 harvest, due to the extremely mild spring that led to early flowering.  Continuing mild weather conditions in September meant it was possible to continue with the harvesting according to the ripeness of the different vines and to bring extremely healthy grapes to the cellar.  This all promises wines of notable harmony and elegance, as well as of “excellent quality”.  We are expecting an historical vintage, of the highest quality, especially with the red wines.

  • Vintage 2008

    In spite of the initially difficult weather conditions, the return of good weather in the final weeks made it possible, in any case, for the correct veraison and ripening processes to occur, safeguarding the quality and integrity of the bunches.  The grapes were harvested rather late compared to in previous years.  We can say that this will be a standard vintage, with wines of good to very good quality and a lower alcohol content compared to that of previous years.  The 2008 vintage is characterised by its elegant, refined, fruity bouquet with lively acidity, especially in the case of the whites.

  • Vintage 2007

    The 2007 vintage is most particular: the wines range from good quality to extraordinary and even some of excellence.  All winemakers and experts in South Tyrol are in agreement on this.  In 2007, harvesting commenced three weeks earlier than in previous years.  The grapes were totally healthy and ripe, with a high sugar content and the right amount of acidity. The year 2007 brought with it elegant whites with a good degree of freshness and extremely promising reds.

  • Vintage 2006

    The 2006 vintage was a very good year for South Tyrol.  Ideal weather conditions during the vegetative period meant optimum grape ripening.  Healthy, ripe grapes with a high sugar content and a good level of acidity.  The whites are fruity and elegant, while the reds are well balanced with notable body.