He expresses his youth in an outburst of joy and springtime force! Julien, the bronner, comes from Kaltern in South Tyrol, introduced by Werner Morandell, Lieselehof wine estate.
The bronner vine’s origin goes back to 1975 when it was studied by the Staatliches Weinbauinstitut Freiburg, its value understood. That’s when it was defined “superbio wine” or “wine of the future” due to its natural ability to withstand the most dangerous fungal diseases for the vine (such as powdery mildew and downy mildew). Thanks to its resilience it doesn’t need treatments with pesticides and prefers clay, damp soil. As to its distinctive characteristics, bronner reminds of the Riesling and Pinot Blanc. It was obtained by crossing two natural varieties derived from riesling and pinot gris, with whom it shares punch and vigor.
The grapes used to produce Julian grow in Lavardi, Kaltern ( BZ ), at an altitude of 450 m a.s.l. where particularly favourable conditions lead to intensely aromatic white wines. The vines were planted in 2003 and since then, as Mr. Werner explained us, the vineyard has not seen pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, or other chemicals.
In order to improve the grape’s quality, the vine load does not exceed 1.5 kilograms per plant. This surrender allows the production of high quality wines.
Julian smell is fruity, with hints of honey, lemon and exotic fruits. The wine is concentrated, it has a complex structure, it’s intense and full, with elegant mineral notes, lively acidity and long finishing on the palate. It pairs well with dishes based on fish, white meat and Asian cuisine and it’s also appreciated as an aperitif.
Weingut Lieselehof is a certified organic farm and it’s precisely located near Lake of Kaltern in South Tyrol, on limestone slopes of the Passo della Mendola .
Thanks to the “Ora”, the warm wind coming from Lake of Garda, the climate of the area could be called Mediterranean with over 2000 hours of sunshine, ideal for the vine. The average temperature ranges from 11 °C (500 meters a.s.l. in limestone-clay soil cultivated with white grapes) to 12.5 °C (300 meters a.s.l. in slightly gravelly soil and planted with red grapes), while the average annual rainfall is 800 mm.
The white grapes varieties are: pinot blanc, bronner and experimental cultivation of johanniter, solaris, helios. The red varieties are: cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, cabernet franc and, in experimentation, a small cultivation of chambourcin. Within the Lieselehof wine estate there is also a Museum of the vines with over 300 different varieties of vines from all over the world.
Since the early 90’s, the farm’s main goal and tenacious work has been directed towards the total reduction of chemical treatments in the vineyard. This is achieved via continuous experimentations and innovations. The vineyards’ vitality is the base from which quality wines develop. A variety of different herbs is planted among the rows of vines, the grass is cut alternately, only once a year, so that different types of flowers and wheat can thrive.