The Theme of “Wine” in South Tyrol
Wine Experiences in the Land of Gourmets
Wine and South Tyrol are often mentioned in one and the same breath. The land of gourmets is one of the Northernmost growing regions in Italy and scores with high-quality wines, which, just like the region itself, are known for their very special character.
Wine from South Tyrol as well as the region of South Tyrol can be best described as charming, lively and multi-faceted. The weeks from the beginning of September until mid October are the time for the grape harvest in South Tyrol, giving occasion for many wine events and highlights.
Wine from South Tyrol is known to be of high quality with excellent flavour. The autochtonous sorts Vernatsch, Gewürztraminer and Lagrein belong to the most popular wines and are known far beyond the borders of South Tyrol. Besides you find Weißburgunder, Blauburgunder, Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Sylvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Veltliner and Kerner, growing at different heights (from 200 to 1,000 m) on South Tyrol’s versatile soils (from muddy to phosphoric).
The wine culture in South Tyrol has a history of many centuries. Today 98% of all wine growing regions in South Tyrol – white wines (55%) and red wines (45%) – follow the DOC rule (protected designations of origin), something which is unique in Italy.
The production of wine in South Tyrol amounts roughly to 400,000 hectolitres per year – some of these wines from South Tyrol, which are served to you during your holidays in Der Weinmesser, are very exclusive.
Wine Culture in Merano & Environs
The extraordinarily mild climate in the surroundings of Merano/Meran create the ideal conditions for wine growing. The sandy soil makes for particularly fine wine from South Tyrol – such as Vernatsch, Blauburgunder and Merlot.
Wine growing surface Merano and surroundings:
300-800 m above sealevel
37% white wine, 63% red wine