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Produttori Colterenzio - Schreckbichl

With more than forty years of history, today Produttori Colterenzio winery is one of the reference wine making models in Alto Adige, a success obtained thanks to the quality of its wines

 Despite it was established in 1960, the history of Produttori Colterenzio - Schreckbichl sets its root in ancient times, during the times of ancient Romans. In fact the vineyards of Colterenzio, are among the oldest in Europe and the Cornelianum estate - belonged to Cornelius, first Roman settler and viticulturist of the region - represents the starting point of the enological culture which had developed in the course of the centuries and culminated in the Middle Age. From Cornelius' estate derives Curilan, which 1000 years later will be called Cornaiano - or Girlan in German - the place where Produttori Colterenzio's headquarters are located. The recent history of this places began in 1960, when twenty eight wineries and estates located at Colterenzio, Cornaiano and Frangarto, decided to join their businesses therefore establishing Produttori Schreckbichl or Colterenzio winery.


A view of Produttori
Colterenzio - Schreckbichl winery
A view of Produttori Colterenzio - Schreckbichl winery

 As a consequence of the successes of these producers, other wineries joined the consortium in the next years and today the acreage is of about 370 hectares (about 890 acres), located in the best viticultural areas. The secret of Colterenzio's success mainly derives from the strong conviction - even since those times - that quality should have been a primary and fundamental requisite for wine making production, something which should begin from the vineyard. The winery has been run by four chairmen, however the fundamental impulse was given in 1979 when Mr. Luis Raifer was called to run the winery. Thanks to his personality, to the trust from the members as well as by introducing managerial concepts typical of private businesses, Luis Raifer has practically given a new impulse to the winery by increasing the production of bottled wine, exports and income. The hardest job of Luis Raifer certainly was to convince the members that they could make more money by working differently, mainly concentrating on grapes quality instead of quantity.

 Even the remuneration system of members has changed according to this innovative principle: since many years the winery pays its members not according to the sugar quantities in their grapes, but according to the yield and to the destination of the grapes for the production of the many wines. By following these presuppositions, every year Produttori Colterenzio winery ideally awards those members who have shown a particular care in providing grapes of superior quality by using their harvests for the production of the most prestigious wines and selections. The quality process begins in the vineyard and in the cultural systems - both with the traditional pergola and with the modern Guyot - used for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, in part for Pinot Noir and experimentally for Lagrein. All the new vineyards are planted according the Guyot system. Moreover, viticulturists benefit of technical help and support provided by the winery, such as Mr. Donato Lanati, therefore allowing them to be continuously up to date by means of an exchange of experiences and information about the production of wine.


Luis and Wolfgang Raifer -
chairman and wine maker of Produttori Colterenzio
Luis and Wolfgang Raifer - chairman and wine maker of Produttori Colterenzio

 Produttori Colterenzio winery aims to obtain specific and precise productive norms, such as the reduction of yields by means of accurate pruning in wintertime and specific lopping; use of nutritional substances of organic origin by planting leguminous plants and specific herbaceous blends; limitation of anti-parasite treatments in order not to harm useful insects; planting of clones with low yields per hectare in order to avoid molds while increasing quality. The selection of grapes continues in the winery at the moment in which they are provided by members. Grapes are being classified according to their quality and the ones which do not obey to strict and specific criteria - not perfectly ripe or rotten grapes - are excluded. The grape is also classified in order to determine its destination for the production of wines and blends. It should also be observed that at Produttori Colterenzio the selection of grape is done by means of tasting in order to define not only its quality but also its organoleptic characteristics.

 Produttori Colterenzio's vineyards are located in many areas of Alto Adige, at different altitudes and cultivated in different soils and microclimates. From the area of Cornaiano and Appiano Monte - at an altitude of 400-600 meters (1300-2000 feet) - are generally cultivated white berried grapes, such as Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. From the area of Settequerce - near Terlan - and Gries, in the neighboring of Bozen, are cultivated red berried grapes used for full bodied wines, such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Lagrein. In the sunny hills of Cornaiano are found the vineyards of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Schiava and Gewürztraminer. Having vineyards in such a wide and diverse area - which from Salorno and Settequerce goes to the valley of Santa Maddalena, near Bozen - lets Produttori Colterenzio winery to use grapes cultivated in different microclimates and with different times of ripeness, therefore increasing the variety and personality of wines.


 

 Produttori Colterenzio winery, by applying its productive philosophy, always aims to get the best possible quality, in every condition and with every grape, either autochthonous or international. The winery uses fermentation tanks which allow a constant control of temperature, particularly suited for the fermentation of white wines in order to allow them to completely express their varietal character. Red wines are being aged in casks of different sizes, according to the style of wine to be obtained and according to the variety. The aging of special wines is done in barrique, and after months of aging are bottled both as monovarietals and used for the making of the winery's blends, now famous worldwide. In the philosophy of Produttori Colterenzio making wine means having the consciousness and the pleasure of making a product, direct expression of its homeland, capable of communicating, as every wine, even the most ambitious and important one, is always made in order to be drunk with joy, to give emotions and sensations to the ones who uncork the bottle. Indeed - in Colterenzio's wines - one truly has the idea this philosophy is confirmed in the glass.

 




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Fair    Pretty Good    Good
Very Good    Excellent
Wine that excels in its category Wine that excels in its category
Good value wine Good value wine
Prices are to be considered as indicative. Prices may vary according to the country
or the shop where wines are bought




Alto Adige Pinot Bianco 2003, Produttori Colterenzio (Italy)
Alto Adige Pinot Bianco 2003
Produttori Colterenzio (Italy)
Grapes: Pinot Blanc
Price: € 5.80 Score: Wine that excels in its category  Good value wine
The wine shows an intense greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas that start with hints of apple, pear and peach followed by aromas of melon, lily, hawthorn and pineapple. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of pear, peach and apple. This Pinot Blanc ages in steel tanks.
Food Match: Fried fish, Fish and crustaceans appetizers, Risotto with fish and crustaceans



Alto Adige Merlot 2003, Produttori Colterenzio (Italy)
Alto Adige Merlot 2003
Produttori Colterenzio (Italy)
Grapes: Merlot
Price: € 6.10 Score: Wine that excels in its category
The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas that start with hints of black cherry, raspberry and plum followed by aromas of blueberry, cyclamen, menthol and hints of bell pepper and vanilla. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and raspberry. Part of this Merlot ages for 6 months in cask followed by 5-6 of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Broiled meat and barbecue, Sauteed meat with mushrooms, Roasted meat, Cheese



Alto Adige Sauvignon Prail Praedium 2003, Produttori Colterenzio (Italy)
Alto Adige Sauvignon Prail Praedium 2003
Produttori Colterenzio (Italy)
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Price: € 10.00 Score:
This wine shows a pale straw yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of peach and elder followed by aromas of pineapple, acacia, litchi, grape, pear and hints of sage and tomato leaf. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of peach, pear and litchi. A well made wine. This Sauvignon Blanc ages in steel tanks.
Food Match: Asparagus, Fried fish, Crustaceans, Pasta and risotto with fish and vegetables



Alto Adige Pinot Nero Riserva St. Daniel Praedium 2001, Produttori Colterenzio (Italy)
Alto Adige Pinot Nero Riserva St. Daniel Praedium 2001
Produttori Colterenzio (Italy)
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Price: € 12.30 Score:
This Pinot Noir shows a pale ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, moderate transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of cherry, raspberry and vanilla followed by aromas of strawberry, plum, dried rose and licorice. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a pleasing crisp and tannic attack, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of cherry, raspberry and strawberry. This Pinot Noir ages for 12 months in cask followed by about one year of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Braised and stewed meat with mushrooms, Roasted meat



Alto Adige Chardonnay Cornell 2002, Produttori Colterenzio (Italy)
Alto Adige Chardonnay Cornell 2002
Produttori Colterenzio (Italy)
Grapes: Chardonnay
Price: € 18.50 Score: Wine that excels in its category
This Chardonnay shows a brilliant golden yellow color and nuances of golden yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of hazelnut, toasted wood and banana followed by aromas of acacia, butter, coffee, pineapple, broom, passion fruit, grapefruit, vanilla, plum and praline. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and pleasing smoothness, however well balance by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of banana, plum and grapefruit. A well made wine. This Chardonnay ferments and ages in barrique for 11 months.
Food Match: Roasted white meat, Roasted fish, Stuffed pasta, Broiled fish



Alto Adige Lagrein Cornell 2001, Produttori Colterenzio (Italy)
Alto Adige Lagrein Cornell 2001
Produttori Colterenzio (Italy)
Grapes: Lagrein
Price: € 18.60 Score: Wine that excels in its category
This Lagrein shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of black cherry, plum and blueberry followed by aromas of vanilla, dried violet, blackberry, black currant, licorice, cocoa, menthol and white pepper. In the mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and pleasing crispness, however well balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, good tannins. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and blueberry. A well made wine. This Lagrein ages for 16 months in barrique.
Food Match: Game, Stewed and braised meat, Roasted meat, Hard cheese



Produttori Colterenzio - Schreckbichl - Strada del Vino, 8 - 39050 Cornaiano, Bozen (Italy) - Tel. +39 471 664246 Fax. +39 471 660633 - Winemaker: Wolfgang Raifer - Established: 1960 - Production: 1.200.000 bottles - E-Mail: info@colterenzio.com - WEB: www.colterenzio.com


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