Cantina Bolzano Vinalia Goldmuskateller 2011

Type: Sweet
Country: Italy
Region: Alto Adige
Grape Variety: 100% Moscato Giallo

Climate: Microclimatic: The Alps protect the area from cold air masses from the north filled with precipitation, while warm, moist air currents from Lake Garda and the Mediterranean find their way to Alto Adige
Terroir: Vineyard is located on warm and sunny sites on the slopes surrounding Bolzano, between 300 and 400m altitude (980-1310 ft)
Winemaking: Grapes are picked selectively and left to dry in small racks, in a dry and well-ventilated place. The dried and raisin-like grapes are then fermented in French oak barrels (barriques), yielding a noble sweet wine. Fermentation comes to a stop at approximately 10% vol, due to the juice’s high sugar content. Afterwards, the wine stays on the lees

Color: Golden, with amber hues
Nose: Bursting with apricot, pineapple, peach and sugar melon, mango and candied fruit
Palate: Rich and dense body, showing a smooth creaminess and harmoniously integrated acidity

About the Winery:
Cantina Bolzano, based in the town of Bolzano, traces its roots to two of Alto Adige’s most historic cooperatives: Santa Magdalena, est. 1930 and Cantina Gries, est. 1908. After deciding to merge in 2001, Cantina Bolzano was created. Bolzano is located in the middle of a valley basin surrounded by hilly vineyards that grow from 200 meters above sea level up to 1000. North and south meet in this valley, and the sun warms the stony soils with its pronounced diurnal temperatures, protecting the vines from the cold.

The average growers’ plots in Sudtirol averages only approx. 1 hectare, and the area, with its famed reputation and steep slopes, is an expensive area to farm. The member of Bolzano (approx. 300 in all) own many of the best vineyards throughout the region, including the Valle Isarco, and pool their resources to create top-quality wines. And while no grower is certified organic, many practice organic viticulture and all of them adhere to natural practices in their vineyards. Most growers have lived on their farms with their families for generations. They protect their land and cultivate their vineyards as they have done for generations with total respect for the environment where they live.