Red wine grapes
Pinot noir is a very precious red wine variety for the production of top quality wines. Then again the grape can be used for the sparkling wine production thanks to the advanced harvest. Demanding variety regarding the soil and the site. Pinot Noir is not suited to excessively warm sites. In order to get highest red wine quality production it should be regulated.
The worldwide widespread variety Merlot brings soft and fruity wines of medium quality level. In good sites and with qualitative cultivation and good pedo-climatic conditions, the variety brings top wines. Merlot is easy in care and well-adapted. Avoid high altitudes, otherwise you get herbaceous and hard wines.
The variety Cabernet Sauvignon ripens late and suits to very warm sites. A good balance between production and vigour is indispensable for the wine quality. Cabernet Sauvignon is susceptible to grape stalk necrosis and suffers from cooler temperatures.
The variety Cabernet Franc (French type) ripens 2 weeks before Cabernet Sauvignon, like Merlot. The berries are larger than those of Cabernet Sauvignon, rarely affected by grape stalk necrosis. A less demanding variety regarding the climate. Blended with Cabernet Sauvignon (10-20%) it increases fruity wine aromas, fermented with Merlot the variety Cabernet Sauvignon brings structure and longevity, as well as color stability.
Old grape variety with different genotypes, it is widespread in Alto Adige on a surface of 2.500 ha. Another important area is in Württemberg (Germany), planted as „Trollinger“. The red wine variety is very simple in cultivation and and produces, depending on the climate, rubin red, soft and fresh wines.
Lagrein is an autochthonous variety of Trentino/Alto Adige of high quality. Produces excellent wines, from „Lagrein Kretzer“ and „Bauernlagrein“ to „Lagrein Dunkel“. The variety is demanding regarding site and soil. Loose, productive, rapidly warming soils are the best Lagrein areas.