Alto Adige, the southern Tyrol, is a region of contrasts. There, Germanic northern and Latin southern Europe mingle among snow-mantled mountains, lush valleys, and a unique blend of Alpine and Mediterranean climates. It is an ideal region for growing wines with the strong character of their place of origin. The Colterenzio winery is located at Cornaiano, one of several picturesque villages that dot the cool, rolling, vine-covered hills to the south of Bolzano. These glaciated hills comprise Alto Adige’s largest self-contained winegrowing area, whose wines combine a crisp Alpine fragrance with Mediterranean spice and warmth.
The Roman gentleman Cornelius established his wine estate at “Cornelianum” – now known as Cornaiano – around 15 AD, launching the Colterenzio wine culture. These wines were favored by Archduke Sigismund when he resided at Firmiano Castle in the 15th century.
The Colterenzio winegrowers’ cooperative, founded in 1960, has grown to 300 members cultivating over 300 hectares of vineyards in Cornaiano and its surroundings. The three lines they produce – Classic, Praedium (Crus), and Cornell (oak barrel aged) – rank them among Italy’s top white wine producers.
|“Colterenzio was one of the most pleasant surprises of my recent tasting, partly because I was not able to sample the wines last year. As is quite common in these parts, Colterenzio is a cooperative, yet the wines are often brilliant. Simply put, this is an impressive range.” Wine Advocate (Robert Parker)|