Kuen Hof "Kaiton" Südtirol Eisacktaler Riesling 2018


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Alcohol: 12.5%

Grape(s): Riesling

Localization: Italy

Tasting Notes: In colour pale yellow with green hues, fine mineral bouquet, fruity aromas of white peach, fine citrus notes. Salty structure with a freshening acidic taste and a lingering finish. 

Notes: Kaiton is the original Celtic name for the area around the Kuenhof and the village of Tschötsch above it.

Vinification - Gentle pressing and processing of the grapes. The fermentation and ageing on fine lees take place in stainless steel tanks and large acacia wood barrels, no malolactic fermentation.

The Domain: Winegrowing has had a long tradition at Kuenhof. For many years, the grapes were processed for the owners’ own consumption. Later, they were sold to the Stiftkellerei Neustift. In 1988, a bottle of wine, intended for own consumption, got to Karl Mair, owner of the renowned Restaurant Pretzhof. The wine connoisseur was immediately impressed by the quality of the product and encouraged us to found our own business. In 1990 we took our chance and started producing wine for commercial exploitation. With the help of Ignaz Niedrist, winegrower, we started our first large-scale production. During the first years Ignaz helped us with his advices and assistance. For this reason, Peter being a learned carpenter and Brigitte being a learned saleswoman, became winegrowers.

Kuenhof was mentioned for the first time in the 12th century. It was then owned by the Bishop of Bressanone. The Wine Estate is located south of Bressanone, embedded in the vineyards and near the Brenner corridor. More than 200 years ago our ancestor, Peter Pliger, purchased the old farmhouse, which has been our family’s property ever since.

In 1991 the scrupulous restoring of the listed old farmhouse and the cellar began. Step by step we also renewed the numerous fallow wine terraces. 
With an unimaginable effort we rebuilt the decayed dry stonewalls. The winery grew from initially 2.5 hectare to 6.5 hectare.
With 7,000 to 8,000 grapevines per hectare we are now producing 5,000 litres of wine. Annually we are bottling around 35,000 to 38,000 bottles.