Revealing some details about methods of wine production in South Tyrol.
Did you know?
The famous wine guide “Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia” describes South Tyrol as “mighty reign of wine”, which does not refer to the extension of grapevines, but the quality of wines in this area.
But what is the secret of local winegrowers, whose wines often win prizes and are drunken all over the world?
By adhering to the rules in the production of wines. Almost the entire area of grapewines in South Tyrol is subject to legal safeguarding provisions. For this reason the wine is labelled “D.O.C.” (Denominazione di Origine Controllata), which means quality wine of special areas of cultivation. This means that the number of grapes in the vineyard is reduced in order to guarantee quality in the wine barrel. Also alcohol concentration and sugar content is regulated and subject to regular controls in order to avoid any fraud.
One of the special characteristics of South Tyrol is the wide choice of different grapevines. Also production of wines is carried out by skilled cellarers. Their method is able to keep up with high quality methods such as the storage of wine in oak barrels.
The annual production of wines in South Tyrol amounts to 400,000 to 500,000 hectolitres - 65% of which are red and 35% white wines.