This type of grape originates in Transylvania and was imported into South Tyrol around 1800. It is found in particular in the Valle Isarco. The Silvaner grape grows best at high altitudes that are well ventilated and not too hot. The wine is similar to another one with the same name produced beyond the Alps, but the well-known characteristics of the Valle Isarco are unmistakeable. Müller Thurgau
This wine is a cross between Rheinriesling and Silvaner and takes its name from the vine-grower, Prof. Hermann Müller of Thurgau in Switzerland. Gewürztraminer
Originally a South Tyrolean variety - its name derives from Termeno/Tramin - this vine is now grown all over the world. Gewürztraminer prefers hilly soil and cooler, well ventilated and sunny areas. The sun-drenched southern slopes and the limestone rich soil of the Valle Isarco make this an ideal growing area.
Kerner is a cross between the Trollinger and Riesling grapes. Trollinger, which is comparable to the Edelvernatsch/Schiava Gentile of South Tyrol, was first produced at Weinsberg/Württemberg in 1929. The first attempts at using this hybrid, introduced in South Tyrol at the beginning of the 1970s, were made in the Isarco Valley, then to the south and in Val Venosta. In 1993 Kerner was granted the D.O.C. Alto Adige Valle Isarco/Südtirol Eisacktaler appellation. This vine grows in all soils, is very delicate and rather resistant to winter freezing. Veltliner
In South Tyrol, where it is cultivated almost exclusively in the Valle Isarco, the Veltliner vine is considered a rarity. It is believed to have originated in Austria. Pinot Grigio (Ruländer)
Ruländer, originally from Burgundy, from which it acquired the almost forgotten appellation Pinot Gris, is a mutation of Pinot Blanc and has been cultivated in South Tyrol for about a century. The Pinot Gris vine differs from the mother-vine not only in terms of the branches of grapes but also of the character of its wine. Weißburgunder
The Weißburgunder/Pinot Bianco vine of South Tyrol comes from the French Pinot and adapts very well to the dry, hilly limestone-rich soils. Chardonnay
This vine comes from Burgundy (Chardonnay = where cardoons grow) where it was already known in the 14th century. Transplanted in South Tyrol at the beginning of the 20th century, it prefers the lower growing areas since the flowers are particularly sensitive to freezing temperatures. It thrives in well ventilated soils and on sheltered slopes. Vernatsch
The large Vernatsch/Schiava vine family has numerous variations. Edelvernatsch/Schiava Gentile is the main variety grown in the Valle Isarco. Blauburgunder
A wine with noble origins whose vine originally comes from French Burgundy, Pinot Nero has been grown in South Tyrol for about a century.