Thanks to its dry climate and generous sunshine, the Upper Venosta Valley produces excellent quality grapes. Above Burgusio/Burgeis
, at an altitude of 1,340 m lies the highest vineyard in Europe
. On the steep south-facing slopes surrounding the Marienberg Abbey
, the lush vines thrive even at high altitudes. The warm days alternating with cool nights enhance the sugar content, yielding a sharp acidity and fruity flavour. The grapes harvested at the Abbey vineyards are processed in the Calvenschlössl Cellar by the Van den Dries family of winemakers. Thanks to eco-friendly practices the wine is thus able to develop its natural qualities while respecting nature.
Wines of excellent quality are also produced in the village of Sluderno/Schluderns
and in the environs. On the Engelsberg Estate, winemaker Elmar Luggin makes red and white wines such as Zweigelt and Müller Thurgau. And at the Tälerhof farm
, at the foot of the Churburg Castle
, special spirits are made from rare types of fruit. The farm uses “forgotten” types like Ida Red, Kanda Renette and Gravensteiner for its apple wine and apple sherry.