VINEYARDS Grown exclusively in the Kastelaz site above Tramin, in the Alto Adige DOC, where the variety originated. Vineyard sits at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level.
SOIL Mixture of chalk and clay
VINIFICATION AND AGING Fully ripe grapes are cold macerated for 6 hours before pressing. Fermentation is activated using selected yeasts and the temperature is controlled at 18°F.
The recognized single vineyard Vigna site of “Kastelaz” dominates the landscape of the wine village of Tramin. The term Vigna is an additional denomination of origin, recognizing a precisely demarcated and cartographically recorded single vineyard.
Sloped at an imposing 63 degrees with a rare full Southern exposure, this narrowly terraced vineyard scales from 330 to 380 meters above sea level on a layered structure of loose limestone soils, interspersed with post-glacial sand, granite and porphyry. The best elements of Alto Adige viticulture are further magnified here, as the south-facing position grants even more of the region’s ubiquitous sunshine, while strong winds and altitude engender very cool evening temperatures. From here, Elena Walch exclusively bottles two top wines, a ripe yet elegant Merlot Riserva and an internationally-recognized Gewürztraminer that powerfully reflects the unique growing conditions the vineyard presents.
|APPELLATION||Südtirol - Alto Adige|