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Lieselehof

The "Bioweingut Lieselehof" is located in the municipality of Kaltern (Province of Bolzano) in the Italian wine-growing region of South Tyrol (Trentino-South Tyrol). The name Lieselehof comes from the great-grandparents Franz Morandell (*1835) and Elisabeth ("the Liesele") of the present owner Werner Morandell. His father Gottlieb-Amadeus was also involved in the grafting of young vines and the production of root vines for vine nurseries. The company is a contractual partner of the Staatliches Weinbauinstitut Freiburg im Breisgau, for which various newly bred PIWI grape varieties are being tested. There are also traditional varieties such as Vernatsch(Schiava), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmenère, Pinot Blanc and Gewürztraminer in organic cultivation

Werner Morandell is also the author of the book "My Vines", which presents the Lieselehof and its noteworthy vine museum "Museo delle Viti" with about 340 different grape varieties from all over the world. Among them are many varieties from the common wine-growing countries as well as from Afghanistan, Egypt, Albania, Azerbaijan, China, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Russia, South Africa, Tajikistan, Czech Republic, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. As a speciality, one white and one red "hundred-variety wine Vino del Museo" are pressed from one hundred grape varieties each

The vineyards are located in the municipalities of Kaltern and Tramin, an experimental vineyard on the Mendel Pass. Apart from the museum varieties, the vineyards are planted with the red wine varieties Vernatsch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carmenère, and the white wine varieties Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Bronner, Souvignier Gris and Solaris. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the vineyards have been cultivated according to the rules of organic viticulture with as little use of chemical pesticides as possible. The farm is certified organic (Province of South Tyrol, controlled by BIKO Tirol), but is not a member of an organic farming association. It produces almost exclusively organic wines.

Special features of the product range are the "Sweet Claire" Trockenbeerenauslese from Bronner with ~350 grams of residual sweetness, which is made from 1.Vino del Passo" from Solaris, 300 metres above sea level, with a 500 gram yield, the DOC red wine "Amadeus" from Vernatsch and the red wine cuvée "Maximilian" from Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carmenère, which is aged for 24 months in barriques and then matures in the bottle one year before being marketed. The winery is a member of the two winegrowers' associations Freie Weinbauern Südtirol and PIWI Südtirol.

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