Cantina Bolzano

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Cantina Bolzano

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Young and full of vision for the future …… but at the same time steeped in the traditions of two historic wine producers.

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This is today’s image of its wine cellars.

After a merger in 2001 with the wine producers of Gries (since 1908) and Santa Maddalena (since 1930), Cantina Bolzano is now one of South Tyrol’s top-quality wineries.
 

The grapes of 200 vine growers ensure that its high-quality wines win prizes in South Tyrol’s capital time and again.ueberuns01

Cantina Bolzano combines 310 hectares of Bolzano’s best vineyards at between 200 and 700m above sea level.
The variety of locations and production areas facilitate a wide choice of selected vintage wines.

Originality and character distinguish Cantina Bolzano’s wines.

White wines: Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, Müller Thurgau and Silvaner are fresh, fruity and aromatic.

Red wines are just as accomplished: S. Maddalena is very drinkable, Pinot Nero is noble, Lagrein, Merlot and Cabernet are strong and stylish.

popup_arbeiten_im_weinberg_gewuerztraminer_ausgeduennt_70_dt_pro_ha_selektionsanlage_signat_weberThe microclimate areas are as different as the soils in the Bozen area.

Therefore special attention is always paid to cultivating the most suitable grape varieties for each location.

Experiment, experience and scientific examination of the soil profile all help in choosing the right vines.

The knobbly vines in the old vineyards nevertheless also represent a wealth of a special kind. These “veterans”, some up to 100 years old, yield little by way of quantity – but plenty in terms of quality.

The members of the winery, assisted by the South Tyrolean Consultancy Circle for Fruit- and Wine-growing, are advised and trained in all matters relevant to viticulture.

popup_arbeitimweinberg02Chemical analyses of the leaves and grapes keep the plants in the best of health and allow the best harvest time to be determined.

Particular wine growers in the best locations have formed quality groups dedicated to the cultivation of grapes for use in our selections and top ranges. The emphasis is on mutual assistance and the exchange of experience, as well as rigid restrictions on vineyard yields.

Plant protection can be summed up as follows: as much as necessary, as little as possible.

Using natural methods ensures the equilibrium of the vineyard habitat without having to rely on the extensive use of herbicides.

 The cellar is the place where the finest grapes, ripened over months in the vineyard, are turned into wine. In autumn, following the harvest,  the weinstadtbozen01oenologist Stefan Filippi has the ingredients he needs to begin his work.
 The white grapes are carefully pressed, with the must slowly fermented in stainless steel tanks and  matured for several months. Aroma, freshness and juiciness are all prominent characteristics.

The red grapes are stripped of their stems and fermented, making sure all of the precious qualities of the berries are present. Carefully selected oak barrels allow the young red wines to mature to completion.

Special attention is given to the development of the fruity notes typical of the location and variety.

The top-of-the-range wines, full-bodied and with plenty of character, are skilfully matured for up to one years in barriques and thereafter finished in the bottle.

The controls and analyses performed in its own laboratory, combined with decades of experience, guarantee that our wines set the standard in all quality classes.

The History

Gries winery
In 1908, the farmers of Gries decided to go it alone by founding a wine co-operative.


The aim from the very outset was to produce and sell Lagrein wine, made from a grape that is local to Gries.

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St. Magdalena winery
In 1930, 18 wine growers from St. Magdalena, St. Justina and Leitach also set up a co-operative.
The foremost wine was St. Magdalener, a wine made from the Vernatsch grape. Even in the early years, the export market was targeted, successfully so.

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Today
The year 2001 saw what was in all probability the most important event since the creation of the Gries and St. Magdalena wineries, their merger. The Bozen winery, with its two locations at Gries and St. Magdalena, is today ranked among the top businesses in the region.

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 Credits: Cantina Bolzano