The Haas family has been growing grapes in Montagna in the province of Bolzano in the Alto Adige for generations. However, it is only with Franz, the current proprietor, that they have begun to produce and bottle quality wines. Franz studied at Geisenheim before working as a broker of Italian wines into the German market. After several years, he took over the running of the family business. Franz Haas goes to tremendous lengths to grow good grapes and then strives to preserve the flavours of the fruit during winemaking. As a result, the wines that he produces are infused with great character and show a rare purity and balance on the palate.
The climate is Mediterranean rather than continental. The summers are very hot and the winters quite cold, as the weather is not moderated by any nearby water. In the summer, Bolzano is one of the hottest cities in Italy, despite being only 70 kilometres from the Austrian border, as the heat is trapped in the mountainous valley. Gewurztraminer grows on the hills of Montagna, Gleno, Pinzano, and Mazzon. The vineyards are south and south west facing at an altitude of 350-650 metres above sea level. The Gewürztraminer vines are all cultivated with the Guyot method.
After a brief period of steeping on the grape skins, the must is fermented at low temperatures in steel vats. Subsequently the wine matures on its yeast with frequent battonage (by keeping the yeast in suspension) for about six months before bottling.
This Gewürztraminer has an intense golden colour with a deep bouquet of complex fragrances such as lychees, orange peels, cloves, nutmeg and roses. The wine needs a while in the glass to highlight its qualities. On the palate it is stimulating thanks to its structure, freshness and vivacity with a very persistent and slightly bitter aftertaste.
This wine is perfect when served with pate, white meat, grilled shellfish and numerous Asian dishes and spices.