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The Eisacktal valley: the origin of distinctive white wines

The small white wine-growing region is one of the best in Italy

Fruity, juicy and mineral white wines ripen on the vineyards between Vahrn/Varna and Ritten/Renon. The wine-growing sites, some of which cover elaborate dry stone wall terraces, are located between 400 and 850 metres above sea level. The strong sunlight and good ventilation in the valley help give these wines their dry astringency and attractive pithiness. Similarly, the large difference in temperature between hot days and cool nights affects the mineral character of the wines. 

The entire production is currently processed and marketed by 20 businesses – including 18 innovative self-wine cellarers who call themselves ‘independent winegrowers’. The Eisacktaler Kellerei winery, a cooperative with 130 members, is the largest, and the Stiftskellerei Neustift winery, with its almost 875-year history, is the most traditional winery in the valley. You can taste and buy the fine wines both directly from the producer and at one of the vinotheques in Brixen and Klausen/Chiusa.

The most important types of wine

The Sylvaner is the most common variety and thrives on wind-protected slopes between 500m and 700m above sea level. It produces a fruity, elegant wine.

The Müller Thurgau is the mountain climber among the varieties grown in the Eisacktal valley and climbs up to 850m above sea level. Its uncomplicated nature makes it a popular aperitif and summer wine.

The Gewürztraminer claims the very best and warmest sites. The grapes produce a multi-layered, complex wine that goes perfectly with stronger dishes.

The Kerner is a comparatively young wine variety that is characterised by its spicy fruit flavour and balanced acidity. It goes well with spring and summer dishes, such as asparagus and grilled fish.

The Riesling has a long history in the Eisacktal valley, dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, and fascinates wine lovers with its characteristic acidity. Aromas of peach and apple combine with clear minerality.

The other white wine varieties, such as the fruity Veltliner, the very elegant Pinot Grigio and the mineral Riesling, are also very unique and impressive wines due to this special business location.

The Eisacktal valley wine producers

Taste, buy and experience Eisacktal valley wines at their place of origin. Whether on a typical vineyard or in an innovative winery, wine producers focus not only on quality in the glass but also on professional advice.

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Eisacktal valley Wine and Apple Trail

The 18.6-kilometre-long Eisacktal Valley Wine and Apple Trail leads you through the fruit and winegrowing region around Brixen to the Augustinian Canons Regular Monastery in Neustift/Novacella. Follow the circular trail to the Natz-Schabs/Naz-Sciaves apple-growing high plateau. There, two nature biotopes invite you to linger. Via the Archaeological Trail, you return to Stufels, Brixen's oldest district.

Wine trail section: a circular trail from Brixen over the vineyards of Kranebitt and Neustift to the Augustinian Canons Regular Monastery in Neustift/Novacella and back.

Apple trail section: a circular trail on the apple-growing high plateau, from Natz via the Sommersürs biotope to Raas/Rasa, past the Raier Moos biotope and back.

Have you acquired a taste for it?

Immerse yourself even more deeply in our region’s culinary culture by getting to know Alto Adige wine and its characteristics, stopping off at wineries and winegrowers and letting yourself be spoilt by a good glass of wine while you eat.

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