Farming Area and Surroundings
Our vineyards are found in Cortina sulla Strada del Vino in South Tyrol.
Salorno - the southernmost town in South Tyrol, and therefore in the German-speaking area - is located just 5 km further south. The Chiusa di Salorno, a spectacular constriction of Valle dell'Adige, is also found here. Approximately 15 km further north we find Lake Caldaro. Standing at an altitude of 215 m above sea level, the lake can be used for bathing and has the warmest waters of the whole Alpine range.
The Mediterranean climate of the Bassa Atesina/Adige Valley allows farmers to grow almost all white and red grapes in the same area.
Vineyarding is not an age-old tradition in Cortina, like it is in neighbouring towns; actually, the area used to be swampy due to the frequent overflows of river Adige until the time of Maria Theresa of Austria, when the Adige waters were harnessed and its course was diverted, so that the land could be reclaimed.
Here the soil consists of soft calcareous and dolomite rocks, well aerated and easily warmed. As such, the grapes grown here produce excellent wines.
The sun shines down on the land for 1,700 to 2,000 hours a year.
The average temperature here is of 12 ░C, with 750-900 mm of precipitation.
In the afternoon, from April to September, a southerly wind coming from Lake Garda often blows here, stopping the grapes from rotting and drying them swiftly after the rain.
The History of Cortina
The first mention of Cortina dates back to around 700 years ago; documents have been found bearing the names of Curtinie, Cortine, Curtinego and Kurtini, meaning small court or holding.
Today, Cortina has approximately 620 inhabitants, making it one of the smallest towns in South Tyrol. It is also the southernmost town in Bassa Atesina with a predominantly German-speaking population.
An independent municipality, Cortina is located on a small alluvial cone created several centuries ago by the River Adige in the middle of the valley (which often caused the town to be flooded in the past), and is surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards.