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FALKENSTEIN

Website:http://www.falkenstein.bz

Address:Schlossweg, 19 39025 Naturns Bozen

Owner:Franz Pratzner

Year of establishment:1995

Average annual production:90,000 (bottles)

Total vineyard extension (hectares):12

Planted varietals and extension (hectares):Gewürztraminer - 1 ha
Pinot Blanc - 2 ha
Pinot Noir - 1 ha
Riesling - 7 ha
Sauvignon Blanc - 1 ha

Vine training system:
Guyot

Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines

Type of viticulture:sustainable/integrated

Harvest period:end of September - the whole month of October

Agronomist:Franz Pratzner

Oenologist:Franz Pratzner

Notes:

I Vini d'Italia 2016 - Le Guide de L'Espresso: 1 star

History

The estate has belonged to the Pratzner family for 400 years. It is located at 675 meters above sea level on a sunny hill near the village of Naturno, in the lower Venosta valley, 12 kilometers from the town of Merano in Alto Adige. The climate of this lovely valley is dry and windy. The soil is poor and difficult to cultivate. The altitude and the prehistoric rock of the soil are ideal for the production of white wines of great character and of delicate reds.
The vineyards stand above the picturesque castle of Naturno and have been managed with great passion for over 15 years by Franz Pratzer, the present owner, together with his wife Bernadette. The vineyards, all with southern exposure, extend for 12 hectares and are planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Riesling. Apple trees, peach trees and Schiava (Vernatsch) vines were previously grown here. The vine training system is espalier (Guyot) and the vineyard density is 9,000-12,000 vines/hectare. The cellar has been totally renovated in the last two years and very modern equipment is used.
The wines are rich and structured, the fruit is intense and complex with a lively and fresh acidity.

 

WINES by this producer

Wine name:Pinot Bianco

Appellation:Alto Adige Val Venosta Pinot Bianco DOC

Zone:Naturns (Bozen)

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Wine name:Pinot Nero

Appellation:Alto Adige Val Venosta Pinot Nero DOC

Zone:Naturns (Bozen)

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Wine name:Riesling

Appellation:Alto Adige Val Venosta Riesling DOC

Zone:Naturns (Bozen)

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Wine name:Sauvignon

Appellation:Alto Adige Val Venosta Sauvignon DOC

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