Venosta Valley – The Valley of Small-Scale Wine Producers
The Lower Venosta Valley as far as Silandro/Schlanders is characterized by wine cultivation. Picturesque pergolas stretch across the entire face of the Sun Mountain (Monte Sole mountain). The area has a very low rainfall and is therefore ideal for producing wine. Due to the high temperature and altitude changes, it is also possible to grow many different varietals. The sunny and sloping vineyards are particularly suitable for white wines. The often rewarded Riesling is pressed in the Vinschgau, which is also fertile ground for the Weissburgunder (Pino bianco) and Blauburgunder (Pino nero) grapes, as well as South Tyrolean indigenous wines such as Vernatsch (Schiava), Gewuerztraminer (Moscato giallo) and Fraueler.
Compared to other regions, wine growing in Venosta Valley is characterized by small-scale wineries and not by large cooperatives. Castelbello/Kastelbell, Laces/Latsch and Silandro/Schlanders with their 35 hectares of vineyards are known as DOC areas, and produce highly regarded top-quality wines and magnificent liquors.