The sloping vineyard in the family’s own estate near the hamlet of Söll above Tramin is ideal for the Gewürztraminer vine, one of the most traditional Hofstätter varieties and of extreme importance for Tramin. Vines here on the western side of the valley are bathed in the morning sunshine and enjoy cool nights thanks to the cool katabatic air currents which descend from the high regions after sunset.
This demanding vine only thrives in good, protected sites where the soils warm up easily. Soils should not be too moist, neither should they be too dry. Ideally they should comprise a mixture of clay and calcium carbonate, a composition called marl in which the Gewürztraminer vines in the Kolbenhof estate grow. The unique qualities of this site and its ability to provide the ideal habitat for the grape variety named after our home village, Tramin, have been acknowledged for centuries.
The Kolbenhof estate is located at the hamlet of Söll on the lower mountainside above Tramin, the village which gave its name to the “Traminer” grape. “Kolbenhof” was mentioned in documents as long ago as the 16th century and has been the most prestigious farmstead at Söll since time immemorial. Traminer, like its opulent descendent, Gewürztraminer thrives in its ideal habitat at Söll on the warm, sun-drenched east-facing slopes bathed in the morning sunshine. This was obviously apparent to the Jesuit monks of Innsbruck, who made wine in the Kolbenhof estate from 1722 until their order was dissolved in 1773.
Baron Valentin von Unterricht had the impressive manor house built at the beginning of the 20th century. Less than two decades later, in 1936, the estate was bought by Josef Hofstätter whose nephew, Konrad Oberhofer, subsequently established the reputation of the prospering winery at Tramin with his “Kolbenhofer” wine. He was the first in South Tyrol to name a wine after the site in which it is grown. Today the Kolbenhof vineyard is planted almost exclusively with Gewürztraminer.