VINEYARD All fruit comes from the Castle Ringberg vineyard in Alto Adige DOC on a south-facing hillside with an altitude of 350 meters above sea level. The soil is composed of chalk and clay.
VINIFICATION AND AGING Gentle pressing, followed by static clarification. A part ferments in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperature (68°F). 15% of the must ferments in French oak barriques (Allier) followed by partial malolactic fermentation. The blending occurs shortly before bottling in springtime the following year.
Named for the Renaissance castle built there by Habsburgs in 1620 and rising up from Lake Caldaro in alternating moderate and steep slopes, the Vigna 'Castel Ringberg' is a crown jewel of the region and a monopole for Elena Walch, from where many of her award-winning, mineral-driven wines emanate. The term Vigna is an additional denomination of origin, recognizing a precisely demarcated and cartographically recorded single vineyard.
In addition to variable altitudes from 330 to 400 meters above sea level, Vigna “Castel Ringberg” also boasts a multiplicity of soils. The higher perches, climbing into the “Mendel” ridge of the Dolomites, are of 30,000 year old glacial Adige River gravel, while calcareous soils with morainic substrata join loose limestone in gentler lower zones. The moderating influence of the lake and the strong afternoon drying southerly wind known as “Ora” also contribute to the balanced, elegant character of the wines, from a host of native and international varieties.