History of wine
The grape-vine is not a discovery made in the past few centuries, but an ancient plant cultivated well before the advent of Christ.
The production and sale of wine was a very profitable activity. A winepress found in Damascus dating back to 6,000 B.C. is a proof of this.
Wine knowledge was brought to our latitudes by the Greeks in 500 B.C. and the Romans contributed to its diffusion.
The plant arrived in South Tyrol centuries ago thanks to the ideal conditions of the environment:
a mild southern climate and the Alps as barrier against the cold of the north, as well as a soil that warms up rapidly.
Sun and warmth are essential for the vine because in its vegetative period it requires an average temperature of at least 15°C. South Tyrol's 1800 hours of sun per year are therefore the best conditions for wine growing, even at altitudes of 1000 metres above sea level.