Appellation:Alto Adige Val Venosta Riesling DOC
Vineyard age (year of planting):Riesling 1989,2011
Soil Type:sandy-clayey with gneiss and schists
Altitude:600-950 meters above sea level (the vineyard stand on terraces)
Serving temperature (°C):12-14
Average no. bottles/year:45,000
The grapes are harvested in mid/end of October. Vine training system: simple Guyot. Vineyard density: 9,000-12,500 vines/hectare. First released vintage: 1995. The aim of the producer is to produce wines with elegant aromatics (peach, apricot, citrus notes) and with a mineral note.
Vinification and ageing
Alcoholic fermentation in acacia wood casks (of a capacity of 10-40 hectolitres and with a temperature control system) for 6-10 weeks. No malolactic fermentation. The wine rests in the same casks till it is bottled in June. Release on the market in September
Address:Schlossweg, 19 39025 Naturns Bozen
Year of establishment:1995
Total annual production:90000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):12
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):1ha Gewürztraminer 2ha Pinot Blanc 1ha Pinot Noir 7ha Riesling 1ha Sauvignon Blanc
Vine training system:
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
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.