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Pinot Blanc in South Tyrol

The grape of Pinot Blanc feels particularly at home in the vineyards of Appiano in locations between 400 and 700 metres above sea level.

 
 

The Pinot Blanc in South Tyrol

A Pinot Blanc has an independent character, which is relatively easy to recognize even by untrained wine drinkers. South Tyrolean representatives of Pinot Blanc are characterized by a fresh and racy, but never aggressive acidity. The Pinot Blanc growing area in South Tyrol is constantly increasing slightly and currently amounts to 515 hectares. The historic cultivation centre of the variety is the municipality of Eppan. Here it finds ideal climate and soil conditions. Together with Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc is one of South Tyrol's three leading white varieties.
 
Genetically, it is largely identical to the Pinot Gris and Pinot Gris. Visually, it can be distinguished from the latter only after the beginning of ripening due to the berry colour. And yet it represents a world of its own: the Pinot Blanc grape variety. The wines are convincing with their independent character. Even inexperienced wine drinkers can easily recognise them. The fruity aroma of apples and fruits is concise, throughout filigree and discreet.

South Tyrolean representatives of Pinot Blanc are characterized by a fresh and racy, but never aggressive acidity. This contributes significantly to the harmony of the wines. Elsewhere, massive, noble sweet Spätlese wines from Pinot Blanc are also pressed. Last but not least, fine fruity sparkling wines are produced from this variety.

According to recent research, the Burgundy varieties have existed for around two thousand years. In South Tyrol the history of Pinot Blanc does not go back quite so far. It began here about 180 years ago, when Archduke Johann of Austria encouraged the cultivation of new grape varieties. Currently, Pinot Blanc is grown on 515 hectares in South Tyrol: with a slight upward trend. The historic cultivation centre of the variety is the municipality of Eppan, South Tyrol's largest winegrowing community. Here the variety finds ideal climatic and soil conditions - and its natural habitat - especially in the Eppan Berg location. Good representatives of the variety thrive in locations between 400 and 700 metres above sea level.

The South Tyrolean wine industry has chosen Pinot Blanc as one of the three leading white varieties in South Tyrol. Together with Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, special attention and care should be given to the cultivation, processing and marketing of Pinot Blanc. The wines of these varieties have become South Tyrol's ambassadors in the world.
 
 

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