Since 1991 this winery has been farming according to strict organic principles and has ben a member of Bioland. They have been working mostly with PIWI varieties, a group of crossings created in the early 1970’s in the enological university of Freiburg, Germany, to be naturally fungus and disease resistant therefore not requiring any pesticide treatments in the vineyard. These varietals have been adopted by a new generation of wine growers in Germany, Austria an Alto Adige, wanting to further pursue a natural approach to farm management.
Solaris, Muscaris, Bronner, Fr.50/64 are some of the PIWI varietals grown here.
Thomas, who recently took over the winery from his father Rudolf, farms his 2 hectares of vines surrounded by wheat, grass, flowers and various animals. Located in the high hills above the town of Appiano at 520 meters above sea level, the soil is rocky, deep, clayey and strongly calcareous.
The manual harvest begins in mid-August for the Solaris grapes and continues until mid-October. In the cellar the grapes ferment spontaneously using only natural yeasts and age on their lees for 9 months in stainless steel tanks.
Thomas’ wines have a marked personality, where a mixture of tropical fruits and flint give way to a vibrant acidity and minerality.
The total production is 12.000 bottles.