The estate has belonged to the Pratzner family for 400 years. It is located at 675 meters above sea level on a sunny hill near the village of Naturno, in the lower Venosta valley, 12 kilometers from the town of Merano in Alto Adige. The climate of this lovely valley is dry and windy. The soil is poor and difficult to cultivate. The altitude and the prehistoric rock of the soil are ideal for the production of white wines of great character and of delicate reds.
The vineyards stand above the picturesque castle of Naturno and have been managed with great passion for over 15 years by Franz Pratzer, the present owner, together with his wife Bernadette. The vineyards, all with southern exposure, extend for 12 hectares and are planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer and Riesling. Apple trees, peach trees and Schiava (Vernatsch) vines were previously grown here. The vine training system is espalier (Guyot) and the vineyard density is 9,000-12,000 vines/hectare. The cellar has been totally renovated in the last two years and very modern equipment is used.
The wines are rich and structured, the fruit is intense and complex with a lively and fresh acidity.
The average production is approximately 60,000 bottles/year.
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