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Vines Pinot Bianco ( %)

Color: Straw yellow with greenish reflections.
Smell: Clean and precise nose with pleasant hints of fresh fruit, in particular apple and pear with citrus notes.
Taste: On the palate it is very lively, fresh and juicy with an excellent balance.
Food pairing: Perfect for fish and crustacean appetizers, white meat dishes and semi-aged cheeses.

Altitude: 450-550 meters a.s.l.
Soil: gravelly and partly calcareous soils with strong temperature variations.
Yield: 70 hl/ha.
Vinification: Fermentation of the must at controlled temperature (18 °C) in steel, a small part in large wooden barrels. Aging for a few months on fine lees.


In 1960, 26 winegrowers from Colterenzio in Appiano founded their own cooperative in order to gain their independence from the wine merchants of the time. These rebels named the newly-founded cooperative after their homeland, the small hamlet of Schreckbichl, (Colterenzio in Italian). In their constant pursuit of top quality, the Colterenzio winemakers were also pioneers. The initial founder was Luis Raifer, who took over the management of the young cooperative in 1979. When he returned to South Tyrol from a study trip in California, he had big plans in mind. It was in the 1980s, South Tyrol was primarily a red-wine region, and the quality was run-of-the-mill. Raifer, a winegrower himself, recognised the potential of South Tyrol as an outstanding winegrowing region: The terroir was cheap, sufficient vineyard area was available and the winegrowers were hard-working and skilled. His first step in his vineyard, “Lafóa”, a sunny mountain slope behind the Colterenzio cellar, was to replace the Vernatsch vines with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and, later, Sauvignon Blanc. He also brought in new quality standards: Lower yield for higher-quality grapes and higher-quality wines. It was on this pilot vineyard slope that, with both Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon, the new quality standard measures were introduced. This quality philosophy extended its reach to all members of the cooperative: new grape varietals were experimented with, and quality groups created. Today, the members and workers at the cellar are committed to working in line with this model throughout the entire winegrowing area, the cellars and for all wines. The 300 partner winegrowers of the Colterenzio winary are the backbone of the company. They work year-round on their wine hills with their families in order to supply us with top-quality wine grapes in autumn. South Tyrol (in Italian Alto Adige and in German Südtirol) is unique in its harmony of opposite, where north and south, the German-speaking and the Italian-speaking worlds come together in a land of snow-covered mountains, fertile valleys and an unbeatable Alpine-Mediterranean climate. And the result is a fascinating microcosmos which yields wines packed with character. The Oltradige terrain and the town of Appiano on the Wine Road, the largest single wine-growing area in South Tyrol, are located in the southern reaches of the region around 10 km from Bolzano, framed by a spellbinding, hilly landscape formed during the last Ice Age and dotted with picturesque towns and hamlets. One of the most famous and the oldest wine villages in South Tyrol is Cornaiano. Colterenzio is a small area on the outskirts of this village, and looks back on a centuries-old tradition of winemaking: As far back as 1200, its lands and its wines were given the appellation of “vinum schrechpuhlensis” in reference to the area. The hamlet of Colterenzio also gave our cellar its name, as all the founding members came from Colterenzio. Of the 300 members of or winery, the majority cultivate their grapes in the area of Colterenzio, Cornaiano and Appiano, while some deliver their grapes from the area in and around Bolzano and Salorno, on the border with Trentino. This vast land area guarantees a wide variety: 14 different varietals grow in vineyards ranging from an altitude of 230 – 650 metres, with a wide variety of soil conditions. The Alpine barrier, 18,000 hours of sunlight a year, the winds from Lake Garda, the heat during the day and the cool freshness of the night provide the perfect growing conditions for the grapes.

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