Appellation:Alto Adige Val Venosta Sauvignon DOC
Vineyard extension (hectares):1.5
Blend:100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard age (year of planting):Sauvignon Blanc 1989,2011
Soil Type:sandy-clayey with gneiss and schists
Altitude:600-700 meters above sea level (the vineyards stand on terraces)
Serving temperature (°C):10-12
Average no. bottles/year:9,000
The grapes maintain their aromatics and the acidity thanks to the altitude. The aim of the producer is to make a wine with complex aromatics (black currant, elder flowers, tropical fruit) with an evident acidity, but where Sauvignon Blanc can be recognized. Vine training system: simple Guyot. Vineyard density: 9,500-11,000 vines/hectare. The grapes are harvested at the beginning of October. First released vintage: 1995
Vinification and ageing
Alcoholic fermentation for 4-8 weeks in acacia wood casks of a capacity of 10-40 hectolitres (with a temperature control system). The wine rests in the same casks on the lees till bottling in June. The wine is released 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.