Cantina di Caldaro
Cantina di Caldaro is one of the classic wine divisions of the Kaltern winery. The winery functions as a cooperative with its members all in the township of Caldaro. The vineyards are almost entirely worked by hand with strict guidelines for quality assurance established by the cellar master. Many of the vineyards have been and still are tended by the same family, passed down from one generation to the next.
Location of Vineyard
The Cantina di Caldaro is located in Italy’s northernmost province of Alto Adige, in the Alps where Italy meets Austria and two cultures merge into one. The vineyards surround Lake Caldaro which provides a unique climate based on its thermal properties. The generous soil is limestone and clay-based near the lakeside, changing to volcanic limestone closer to town. The area is also well-known for apple growing. The region is the only one in Italy that can claim 98% of its production is classified as DOC.
Andrea Moser is the winemaker with a great reputation for producing quality wines from mountain climates. He oversees all phases of the path of the grapes, from vineyard management to winemaking, aging and bottling. He appreciates that most of the growers now practice organic farming and handles the grapes from their vineyards in the cellar in accordance with all natural principles. Irrigation is restricted to supplementary situations, which encourages the vines to develop deep root systems, contributing to balanced plant growth and a natural intake of nutrients.