Castel Sallegg, Count Kuenberg & Matthias Hauser

Italy, Alto Adige




From Alto Adige's picturesque Caldaro, this ancient castle and its noble vineyards are meticulously worked by hand, located just below (and protected by) the forests in Kaltern. The limestone, white gravel and red sandstone terroir in their vineyards result in very mineral varietals of Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato Giallo, Gewurtztraminer, Schiava, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lagrein and Pinot Nero. Even at 300-600 meters above sea level, the vines are well situated in the Kaltern valley, mostly south and south-east facing for optimal ripeness. The modern story of the ancient Castle Sallegg starts in 1851: Archduke Rainer of Austria, Viceroy of the Lombardy and Veneto purchased the castle and surrounding wine-growing estates in that year. Continued ownership descended from Prince Heinrich Campofranco to the Counts von Kuenburg. The fine cellars in the castle are testament of landed gentry that has always connected castle living with wine creation. The vineyards are the most valuable assets of the family property. The cultivation makes use of natural systems which connect traditional knowledge with modern methods and experience. An ultramodern wine production was developed within the historical castle walls. The enologist has all the latest technical support at his disposal for pressing wine. Every individual tank can be independently temperature regulated for controlled fermentation.

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Moscato Giallo D.O.C. Moscato Giallo 9-16 years Warm, porous soil with limestone gravel and reddish Gardena sandstone Sustainable
Pinot Grigio D.O.C. "Pulvernai" Pinot Grigio 18 years Deep and sandy loam with limestone gravel Sustainable
Pinot Bianco D.O.C. "Prey" Pinot Blanc 15 years Sandy limestone soil with porphyry gravel and Gardena sandstone Sustainable
Gewürztraminer D.O.C. Gewürztraminer 9-16 years Limestone gravel and reddish Gardena sandstone Sustainable
Schiava D.O.C. "Bischofsleiten" Schiava (Vernatsch) 30 years Medium-textured, sandy loam Sustainable
Lagrein D.O.C. Lagrein 25 years Medium-textured, sandy loam Sustainable
Pinot Nero D.O.C. Pinot Noir 20 years Sandy, reddish porphyry soil Sustainable
Lagrein Riserva Lagrein 25 years Medium-textured, sandy loam Sustainable