The geographical position of the entire Alto Adige is ideal for producing excellent wines. The region is located where the northern and southern parts of the continent meet, in a strip of land halfway between the alpine and Mediterranean climates. Other important beneficial factors are the dramatic temperature changes that occur between day and night and the average temperature of 18°C during the growing season.
The Pochi – Salorno area, the geographical soul of the Von Blumen project, has calcareous-porphyritic soil that lends the grapes unique and incomparable regional characteristics in which minerality combines with a natural richness of flavour, producing a lively and refreshing taste balance.
Another distinguishing feature of our vineyard is the diverse, pristine nature where rare species of flora and fauna live. One important example is the stag beetle, a species of coleopteran that prefers pure, untouched environments. The beetle is in danger of extinction due to invasive forestry practices that tend to remove old tree trunks. The species’ protection and special areas of conservation are guaranteed by the “Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (also known as the Bern Convention), which was included in the Habitats Directive of 1992 (92/43/EEC).
Our vineyard is tightly managed in a manner attentive to the unique needs of the different grape varieties present. Protecting the land and the surrounding environment are essential to maintaining the quality of the grapes and safeguarding the vineyards and their extraordinary products over time.
One example along these lines is integrated disease management using a broad-spectrum microbiological fungicide/bactericide containing Bacillus amyloliquefaciens subsp. plantarum bacteria (strain D747), which fights funguses like grey mould (Botrytis Cinerea), acid rot and brown spot. This particular fungicide is approved for organic farming, replacing classic chemical Botrytis-specific fungicides, and has no effect on fermentation and wine production and therefore no impact on the wine’s quality and organoleptic integrity.
This particular example demonstrates our great respect for the land and our desire to protect its fruits, enabling us and future generations to produce a range of wines that display a love for the land and the culture of the people who nurture it.