Working in the Vineyards
The long path from the grape to the wine. Working to the rhythm of the seasons.
For some, the most beautiful profession in the world. About 5,000 wine farmers work on almost 5,300 hectares of vineyards amidst the Mediterranean landscape of Alto Adige's wine growing areas. Different climate zones, altitudes and soil types are the key for the variety of Alto Adige wines. The production of wines relies on experience, expertise and great passion.
The wine farmers work throughout the year with only a short break during the winter. In January, they start cutting the vines, in March they are occupied with the tying of the vines, and in May you can already see the first shoots. In June and July, the farmers remove excess leafs, and in August the thinning work has to be done: in this phase, they cut out excess grapes in order to achieve a higher grape quality.
The harvest period starts at the beginning of September with the white grapes in lower locations and continues until the middle of October. Afterwards, the grapes undergo a fermentation process in the barrels. This phase is continuously monitored by an expert cellar master.