10 Facts


Fact no. 1 Virtues

Josef Hofstätter founded the winery in Tramin-Termeno in 1907. Today it embodies all of the best attributes of the South Tyrol (Südtirol-Alto Adige) and is an international ambassador for the region. Family Foradori Hofstätter continues a tradition for cutting edge wine culture in the fourth family generation.


Fact no. 2 Size

With 50 vineyard hectares (124 acres), J. Hofstätter is among the largest family wine estates in South Tyrol. This size still allows most work to be done by hand. When appropriate, conscientious use of best technologies is employed, particularly in the highly modern cellar.


Fact no. 3 Diversity

The vineyards lie between 250 and 800 metres (820-2625 feet) in varying terrains and climate zones. The diversity of terroir allows several different grape varieties to find optimal conditions.


Fact no. 4 Red and White

Weingut-Tenuta J. Hofstätter is the only family wine estate in South Tyrol (Südtirol-Alto Adige) that owns vineyards on both the west and east sides of the valley. The varying expositions offer ideal growing conditions for both red and wine wines.


Fact no. 5 Local Varieties

J. Hofstätter cultivates primarily traditional local varieties: Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Lagrein, and Vernatsch. Years of experience with these varieties guarantees a consistently high quality of wines independent of all passing trends and fashions.


Fact no. 6 Gewürztraminer & Pinot Noir

Between Kolbenhof and the Rechenthaler Schlossleiten vineyard near Tramin-Termeno and the farmsteads Barthenau and Yngram in Mazon, the J. Hofstätter estate owns the largest first class Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir vineyard area. These sites yield wines of international renown.


Fact no. 7 Excellence has Roots

The J. Hofstätter wines speak of their origin – of the site and soil where the vines root and the climate in which the grapes ripen. Among the first wines of South Tyrol (Südtirol-Alto Adige) that are named for their historic vineyards are the Gewürztraminer from Kolbenhof and the Pinot Noir Vigna S. Urbano from Barthenau.


Fact no. 8 Vigna - Top Terroir

Wines from demarcated and classified sites carry the Italian name for vineyard, “Vigna”. This designates great growths and is the equivalent of the French “cru”. J. Hofstätter was the first estate in South Tyrol (Südtirol-Alto Adige) to produce single-vineyard wines.


Fact no. 9 Strong by Nature

J. Hofstätter introduced the technique of soft pruning, which minimizes human intervention, very early. It promotes healthy and resilient vines that yield flavourful fruit and live long.


Fact no. 10 Riesling

Martin Foradori Hofstätter follows his passion for Riesling beyond the Alps. In 2014, he became the first Italian vintner to own vineyards predestined for this variety on the Saar River in Germany. He is now a partner at the VDP estate Dr. Fischer – Bocksteinhof.