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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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Ludwig Barth von Barthenau – Roccolo
An extraordinary Pinot Noir   Good wine originates in the vineyard – even more so, excellent wine. Excellent wines demand the very best grapes, the type of fruit that can only come from particularly good sites that are manually harvested in outstanding vintages. Each grape is meticulously selected by hand and its quality ascertained.Vigna Roccolo The 2012 vintage was good for Pinot Noir and for the Roccolo vineyard parcel at the Barthenau estate on the elevated plateau of Mazon. Particularly flavourful grapes from… >

Harvest 2015

Monday, 09 November 2015
Harvest 2015
A harvest could not have been more exciting!After a warm spring and a slightly delayed flowering, June and July followed with consistent warm and dry weather. August was rather variable, but in comparison to the previous year,… >

Flowering 2015

Monday, 01 June 2015
Flowering 2015
May is the month of expectations. Temperatures rise, the vineyards become green, and new shoots burst out of the old vine wood. Budbreak occurred hesitantly during the weeks of April and beginning of May, but then suddenly with a single heavy rainfall on the 8th of May, vine growth exploded.Activities are booming in the vineyards during the last few weeks as continuous efficient measures are taken. Excessive shoots, whether on the vine trunk or in the area that will… >

Vintage 2014

Thursday, 05 February 2015
Vintage 2014
The vintage 2014 was meteorologically quite variable and vine cultivation was very labour-intensive.Things that appeared threatening in mid-summer were offset by more pleasant weather in September and October. In the end, the year brought a very unique and characterful vintage and we… >

The 2014 harvest is complete!

Monday, 01 December 2014
The 2014 harvest is complete!
What a year!The winter brought an extraordinary volume of snow. Unusually warm spring weather continued through June. For as long as our region’s weather has been documented, there has never been more… >

„Vigna“ - our “Cru”!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
„Vigna“ - our “Cru”!
Now it is official!It is now official in South Tyrol: the word “Vigna” on a wine label has legal status. “Vigna” signifies a single-vineyard wine made from grapes that stem from one single,… >

A critical view of Alto Adige

Saturday, 13 September 2014
A critical view of Alto Adige
Oregon remains unjustly unknown to Europeans as a wine region.Even within the United States it is overshadowed by giant California and does not receive quite the recognition it deserves. Like South Tyrol (Alto Adige), Oregon is also one of… >
In the Shadow of the Football World Cup
An important event for our winery currently takes place nearly unnoticed in the shadow of the FIFA World Cup!July is the month that the vintages of our wine assortment change. We have just released our two 2011 Pinot Noirs from the prime vineyard Mazon and our 2013 Gewürztraminer… >

Riesling!

Friday, 13 June 2014
Riesling!
Martin Foradori Hofstätter and Riesling north of the Alps!Riesling has accompanied me since childhood. I remember how my father would go down into the private wine cellar to choose a wine for Christmas dinner every year. The choice… >

In Top Form

Wednesday, 05 March 2014
In Top Form
Concrete vats do not normally belong to the great aesthetic attractions of a winery. It is therefore surprising when vintner Martin Foradori Hofstätter leads visitors in a cellar that was remodelled and fully equipped with concrete tanks in 2013. The tanks stand rank and file in an architecturally simple space and make an astoundingly good figure. Their well-rounded bodies taper towards the top and bulge downwards towards the opening. Their… >

Harvest 2013

Friday, 07 February 2014
Harvest 2013
The Alto Adige weather service summarized the weather for the year 2013 as follows: "The year 2013 will historically be recorded as warm and precipitous. The average annual temperature in Bolzano was 13.3°C as compared to the long-term average of 12.6°C." "This year therefore continues the trend towards warmer temperatures," highlights the state meteorologist Dieter Peterlin. "The above average temperatures in January, July, August and December were responsible for this, while the spring remained comparatively cool."The general course of the yearly weather is certainly always important in agriculture and in the vineyards, but there are certain months that are particularly significant for growth and the… >

Tried and true - in new form

Monday, 30 September 2013
Tried and true - in new form
We have just remodelled the cellar in which we vinify mostly red wine and store in bottle.The result is a simple, modern construction that offers more capacity within the same area. The prominent location of our estate in the centre of Tramin next to the historic village church restricts expansion and requires clever architectural solutions. Just how successful this type of solution can be is demonstrated by our adjacent wine tower and shop.This project also represents something unique in South Tyrol: the construction and use of highly modern, conical cement vats!“When the deconstruction in the old cellar began,” tells vintner Martin Foradori… >

Adulthood

Thursday, 13 June 2013
Adulthood
It is always a special occasion when the signature wines from our estates have achieved adulthood and are ready to leave the well-protected environment of the cellar in which they have matured.Now is the time for our top red wines Barthenau Vigna S. Urbano, Steinraffler Lagrein, and Yngram from the 2010 vintage and our signature white wine Barthenau Vigna S. Michele… >

Vintage 2012

Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Vintage 2012
It appears that winter simply does not want to end. We have seldom had such a frequency of abundant snowfall all the way down to the lower mountain slopes. The vineyards were clothed a stunning white blanket of snow several times in January, February and March.We finished winter pruning in our vineyards in these last weeks. As the vines enjoyed their winter sleep we were actually preparing for the autumn harvest for which pruning plays… >
Harvest 2012 – “No more beer...!”
Anyone who has ever been at a winery during the harvest knows how hectic it is. This year is was a little different and not just because there was (unfortunately) significantly less fruit. The weather gods granted us a relaxing autumn, but it didn’t initially look like it would be that way.We experienced real Sahara weeks in South Tyrol as the thermometer consistently climbed to 40°C in August and we were worried about our grapes. Sunshine and warmth are good, but… >

Midsummer in the vineyard

Friday, 27 July 2012
Midsummer in the vineyard
The first months of summer show whether the meticulous work in the spring has brought the desired results in vine growth. At this time the vine has developed its canopy of leaves and shows how much fruit will ripen this year.Leaves protect ripening grapes from too much sun and help them preserve their fine aroma until harvest. Despite this, too many leaves prevent good air circulation in the canopy. This… >

Kolbenhof 2011

Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Kolbenhof 2011
Whites with ageing potential!   One often hears that red wines should be stored long and white wine should be drunk young. This is not always true! Anyone who has experimented soon discovers that not every red wine can age gracefully and some white wines actually gain more character with time.The grape variety and wine style may make it recommendable to drink a particular red wine while still young and to leave a particular white wine time to mature. Our… >

Vineyard 4x4

Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Vineyard 4x4
If you want to understand why the wines taste the way they do, you really have to explore the vineyards. So why not come on a vineyard visit to discover three of our best sites on the two flanks of the Adige Valley, with their soils, their microclimates and the unspoiled charm of the South Tyrolean landscape.There you can taste the wines at the source. That will help you appreciate the characteristics of the sites and the grape varieties. The visit takes the form of a… >

Vintage 2011

Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Vintage 2011
Excellence requires patience Thanks to the fantastic weather for vines, grapes could be harvested significantly later in 2011 compared to other years in South Tyrol. Usually the weather will allow grapes 100 days on the vine.The Gewürztraminer grapes for the late harvest “Joseph” benefitted from continuing autumn sunshine all the way into the last days of November. It was not until then that we harvested… >

Harvest 2011

Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Harvest 2011
Excited anticipation for the 2011 vintage! Ideal weather conditions in 2011 allowed grapes to ripen that promise an outstanding vintage. Ripe, intensely aromatic grapes with deep colour could be delivered to the winemaker.The weather was capricious this year for South Tyrol, but overall, it couldn’t have been better for wine. The year began cold, but without snow. Luckily, the soil had enough moisture… >
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