With many sunny days a year and a mild climate with Mediterranean undercurrents, the sunny plateau of Schenna/Scena above Meran/Merano offers excellent conditions and exceptionally fertile terrain for the cultivation of local grape varietals, which make high-quality wines. Here, ideal climate and soil conditions are combined with well-founded knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit. The Schenna winemakers manage their slopes with skill, experience and dedication.
Quality rather than quantity is the necessary, consistent strategy for this winegrowing area, which features a small growing area but excellent soil conditions. There are around 30 independent winegrowers around Schenna as well as in Meran and its surrounding area, which cultivate only 30 hectares of vines in total. These small wineries have achieved lasting and long-term success thanks to careful and sustainable management.
Viticulture in South Tyrol
Viticulture in the upper Etschtal Valley boasts an ancient history. Archaeological findings and historic documents show that local farmers even in pre-Roman times were bottling wine in wooden barrels. During the Middle Ages, local wine production mainly supplied Bavarian monasteries and bishoprics, exporting the region’s viniculture. During the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, wine growing was especially promoted. Grape varietals such as Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir found their way to the southern Alpine region. The sweet Muscat varietals also appeared in recent centuries. Even older are the local autochthonous varieties Vernatsch, Lagrein and Gewürztraminer. Today, the small wine-growing region of South Tyrol features a great number of top-quality wines, which have received a good deal of attention in international wine guides.