Pinot Noir is the most motivating and challenging grape variety to us.
Burgundy grape varieties have been domestic in Appiano for over 150 years. Our great-grandfather already cultivated this variety.
Our red loamy calcareous soils next to the Mendel Mountains and the chilly climate are similar to Burgundy and provide excellent conditions to grow Pinot Noir.
But what is typical for great Burgundy? It’s not its strength, richness or full body, but its elegant, long-lasting, salty character that makes this wine unrivalled.
We planted different small-berried French clones to achieve aromatic diversity. We only use organic plant protection and pay close attention to the cautious handiwork. We use green manure, keeping the soil vital to guarantee our vines sufficient vigour. Proper leaf management protecting the vines from sun exposure contributes to preserving its alpine expression. By wrapping instead of cutting the shoots, we achieve lower alcohol levels as we suppress epicormic shoots. To determine the perfect harvest time, we taste the ripening grapes daily.
The vinification is puristic and occurs without any additives nor flavour enhancers. Due to spontaneous fermentation in mash vats and long ageing in oak tonneaux, the wine can maintain its character.
Our vision is a Pinot Noir that touches, that emanates vividness and elegance. Our Pinot Noir should be an ambassador of its origin and offer unrestricted pleasure.
You can find all information on our Pinot Noir in the fact sheets:
Vernatsch/Schiava from old vines
For our Upupa Red, we select individual vines and try to let those grapes ripe as long as possible. Since we are on the limit of height to grow red wine, we need a lot of sensitivity to produce the best quality.For this wine, the most important vines are the old ones with small grapes.
Our Upupa Rot is not only an important single-vineyard wine but also the natural wine par excellence. The traditional cuvée with Pinot Noir from Appiano and without any additives underlines the wine’s character.
“Upupa” refers to the Latin name “upupa epops”, the hoopoe, which stands for authenticity and independence. Just like this wine.
Vernatsch (Schiava) is an original South Tyrolean grape variety. Long underrated, and now drawing wine lovers' interest again. Why? Because Vernatsch is an ambassador of our climate and lifestyle. We believe in its characteristics – juicy, fruity, yet complex, strong in tannins and long-lasting. Our old Vernatsch vineyard with small-berried grapes and low yield holds the outstanding potential to show all these characteristics.
Vernatsch is more Burgundy than you could ever imagine!
You can find all information on our Upupa Rot in the fact sheets: