The name "Thurnhof" means 'close to a tower' and was first documented in 1175. It was situated beneath the castle 'Weinegg' and was subject to the Lords of Weinegg. Since 1850 the estate has been owned by the family Berger-Mumelter. Today Hans and Andreas Berger work hard in the steep vineyards to produce high quality wines. Thurnhof ist a small wine estate comprising 3.5 hectares (8,64 acres) of vineyards located on the south-facing slopes of the Virgl hill to the south-east of Bolzano. The warm climate of the Bolzano valley basin, with high temperatures in summer and autumn and plenty of sunshine enable even the most late-ripening grape varieties to produce perfectly mature fruit on a regular basis. The soils are porous, consisting of moraine debris and supply the vines with ample nourishment and water. We are firmly convinced that concentrated wines can only be produced by low yieldings vines, whereby yields are restricted by short pruning, thinning out the grapes in summer and through time consuming work controlling excess foliage and shoots. In the winery we combine state-of-the-art technology with taditional manual methods aimed at preserving all the natural aromas, flavours and other substances which have accumulated in the grapes in order to express them in the finished wine. The resulting wines are exploding with fruit and varietal character, held together by formidable structure.