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Only the term “Vigna”

guarantees the origin of a single-vineyard wine

and is combined with the famed name of the vineyard parcel.

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10 Facts about the Hofstätter estate

1. Tradition

Josef Hofstätter founded the winery in the year 1907. The historic family winery is now operated in the fourth generation by his descended nephew Martin Foradori Hofstätter.

2. Vineyards

With around 50 hectares of estate property vineyards, the Josef Hofstätter winery is among the largest wineries in Alto Adige.

3. Altitude

The vineyards are situated at altitudes between 250 and 800 metres above sea level (800 and 2.600 foot), which makes the cultivation of diverse grape varieties possible.

4. Cardinal Points

The Hofstätter estate is the only family-operated winery in South Tyrol that owns vineyards on both the west and east sides of the Adige River. With this, they possess a large diversity of microclimatic zones.

5. Grape Varieties – white and black

Both white and black grapes find ideal growing conditions in the estate’s vineyards thanks to the diversity of the various sites. Attention is focussed on the traditional regional grape varieties: Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Lagrein, and Schiava.

6. Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir

With the vineyards at Kolbenhof including the Rechenthaler Schlossleiten Vineyard in Söll near Tramin and the vineyards at Barthenau in Mazon, Hofstätter possesses the largest area in Alto Adige planted with Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir.

7. Single-Vineyard Wines

The Hofstätter wines express a sense of place. They taste of the vineyards in which the grapes were grown and reflect their soils and climatic conditions. The Gewürztraminer from Kolbenhof and the Pinot Noir Vigna S. Urbano from Barthenau are among the first single vineyard wines to be produced in Alto Adige.

8. „Vigna“

The wines from the single-vineyards always carry the Italian word “Vigna” in their name. This signifies and highlights the elevated quality category of the single vineyards wines and is the equivalent of the French word “Cru”.

9. Viticulture

The ever gentle and sustainable methods of cultivation at Hofstätter allow healthy, vital vines to thrive. The vines live long and reward the vintner with superb fruit for superb wines.

10. Riesling

Martin Foradori Hofstätter can now follow his passion for Riesling on the Saar River in Germany. He is the first Italian vintner to own sites here, a place that is predestined for Riesling. The vines have been cultivated by the VDP winery Weingut Fischer - Bocksteinhof, which is now operated by Martin Foradori Hofstätter, Johannes Fischer, and Nik Weis from St. Urbans-Hof.