"The strip of hillside terrain between Rio San Pietro and Rio di Meltina has been known as Vorberg since time immemorial. It is the site of steep sun-blessed vineyards, which supply the grapes for a very exciting Pinot Bianco at an elevation of between 600 and 950 meters above sea-level. This full-bodied and extremely complex wine is impressive for its mineral character and outstanding aging ability and as such underscores the full potential of this variety."
- Doc denomination: Alto Adige Terlano
- Variety: 100% Pinot Bianco
- History of the variety: first vintage 1993
- Year: 2009
- Bottles produced: 75,000
- Yield: 56 hl/ha
- Quality line: The vineyards
Manual harvest and selection of the grapes; gentle whole cluster pressing and clarification of the must by natural sedimentation; slow fermentation at a controlled temperature in big oak barrels (30 hl); malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees in traditional wooden barrels for 12 months.
- Bottling date: 2011-06-14
- Name: Vorberg
- Municipality: Terlano
- Altitude: 350 - 900 m a. s. l.
- Slope: 20 - 70%
- Orientation: South - Southwest
- Color: sparkling straw yellow
- Smell: The multifaceted aroma of this wine derives from a combination of ripe fruit, including honeydew melon, white peach, pear and Golden Delicious apple, together with the aromas of quince jelly and dried fruit such as pear, orange and pineapple, on the one hand, and graphite notes and a hint of jasmine with a mineral touch on the other.
- Taste: The interplay of fruity aromatic and salty components is repeated on the palate, where the soft and creamy elements gain greater strength in a wine with a lingering, firmly minerally and spicy character on the aftertaste.
Ideal in combination with a spicy fish soup, mussels in a pepper sauce and spaghetti allo scoglio as well as mussels au gratin, grilled ink fish and poached char; also one of the few good combinations with artichokes alla romana; excellent with mature Pecorino, a mature Parmesan and mostarda, and Tête de Moine.
Spiced lobster and grilled white Terlano asparagus with pancetta sauce and roasted pistachio nuts - Giancarlo Perbellini (Ristorante Perbellini)
The optimal conditions for the growth of vegetation presaged an extraordinary vintage. After the cool winter rich in precipitation, there followed an extremely mild and warm spring which helped give the vegetation a boost – by April, the quickly sprouting shoots and a premature blossoming already indicated that harvesting could begin early. The summer months, too, were characterized by a dry climate and average temperatures.
The Vorberg site reaches from the foot of Monte Tschöggl to a height of 900 m. It extends to the north to the last wine estates above Vilpiano and to the east to the area of Via Meltina above Kreuth. At Via Meltina, Vorberg borders on the Rio San Pietro. Vorberg is primarily noted for its outstanding Pinot Bianco wines.
Soils: sandy-stony, well-drained soils
Site area: 20 ha
Vine age: 10-35 years
Vine density: 5,000-7,000
Yield: 56-63 hl/ha
Number of vintners: 12
The high peaks of the main Alpine chain protect South Tyrol from the Atlantic winds and cold northerlies, while the region benefits from the Mediterranean climate from the south. That explains the pronounced differences between day- and night-time temperatures, which are the key to full maturity and elegant wines.
To the south, a number of mountain massifs like the Adamello also have a protective function. As a result, annual precipitation is only about one third of the average for the southern Alpine foothills, and the number of hours of sunshine is higher. The climatic conditions are not unlike those to be found in wine-growing areas like the Swiss Canton Valais.
When the sun rises behind the mountains east of Terlano on one of the year’s 300 sunny days, it is already high in the sky as the wine-growing area has a westerly to south westerly exposure. The lower atmospheric density permits more direct solar irradiation with less diffuse sunlight. That increases the difference between the slopes on the sunny and shady sides of the valley.
Microclimate in Terlano
Continental climate (Cfa Köppen-Geiger)
Annual sunshine hours: ø 2135
Maximum temperatures: 36,7 °C
Average temperatures: 12,9 °C
Minimum temperatures: -10,7°C
Annual percipitation: ø 558 mm
Average global radiation: 150,1 W/m²
- North foehn: cool and dry down-slope wind
- Ora: valley wind system from the south, bringing in air from the Po Valley
- falstaff 2012: 92 points
- Wein-Plus 2012: 92 points
- Le guide de L'Espresso - I Vini d'Italia 2013: 4 bottles
- I Vini di Veronelli 2013: 3 stars
- Gambero Rosso - Vini d'Italia 2013: 3 glasses
- Duemilavini/Bibenda 2013: 4 grapes
- Alcohol content: 13.5 % vol
- Residual sugar: 2.8 g/l
- Acidity: 5.5 g/l
- Storage advice: Cool storage at constant temperatures, high level of humidity, good ventilation and as little light as possible
- Cellar temperature: 10 - 15 °C
- Minimum maturity: 6 years
- Serving temperature: 12 - 14 °C