The size of the wine estates cultivated by members of the Independent Winegrowers range from 0.5 up to 50 hectares. What they all have in common is a pursuit of quality. We produce our wines in accordance with contemporary tastes, but in doing so also take care to respect our traditions and origins. The association champions the conservation of the full diversity that is characteristic of South Tyrol, and which each of our members approaches with their own philosophy. In this way we take the diversity of our climate and landscape into account.
The Diversity of the Terroir
On the Sunny Side of the Alps
The distinctive landscape of South Tyrol was formed during the Ice Age, when impressive glaciers displayed their enormous power, leaving behind large ancient landslides and creating one of the most remarkable landscapes in the Alps. The presence of moraines, detritic cones and loess sedimentation, together with varied soil types including clay-based, sandy and also porphyry soils in the valley beds, provided the basis for an incredible variety for such a small region. In addition the Mediterranean climate and windy mountain air provide for especially advantageous climatic conditions, from Valley Isarco in the North to Val Venosta in the West. Therefore it is possible to find highly diverse conditions within the area, from the Mediterranean environment in the South to the cold Alpine climate at the edge of the Dolomites. Thus, heterogeneous soil and numerous micro-climates guarantee the most diverse conditions for wine-growing, and are the foundation for the cultivation of many different excellent red and white grape varieties.