Kurtatsch Kellerei Cantina is a medium sized co-operative with 190 members working 190 hectares in Alto Adige DOC in North East Italy. It has been in existence for over a 100 years and although the headquaters of the winery has now moved into modern premises outside of the village, the historic old manor house that used to hosue the winery still hosts tastings and is the home to the maturing barrels of the winery with its labrinth of cellars!
Fun Fact: Bolzano the regional capital has the same sunshine hours as Palermo in Sicily!
Their vineyards are their most valuable assets. The steep vineyard sites, situated at altitudes ranging between 220 and 900 meters, lend a unique character to these wines. Early ripening, hot sites for the red wines and high, breezy sites for the whites are a feature of these wines.
The cooperative produces two ranges of wines. The Selection series are from the vineyards of Kurtatsch. They focus on reduced yields, strictly regulated cultivation and monovarietal maturation which create wines with a great deal of typicity. They are distinctive for their richness and finesse. Only grapes that meet the coopertaives very stringent quality-control standards make it into this range.
The stand out white is the distinctive Gewürztramminer with a more subtle nose than its Alsatian cousins but a wonderful structure and acidity that's unusal to find in such a low acid grape. With the reds, you really are spolit for choice! From the delightful light red Sonntaler recently rated 93 points by Tim Atkin MW to the more robust Lagrein Riserva great with gamey stews. A beautiful part of Alpine Italian with wines that are definitely worth discovering!