The "Landesweingut Laimburg" is located in the municipality of Pfatten at the foot of the Mitterberg 17 km south of Bolzano in the lowlands near Lake Kaltern in the Italian wine-growing area South-Tirol
(Region Trentino-Alto Adige
). Landmark and name patron is the same name from the 13th century originating over it castle ruins Laimburg. Director and oenologist is Klaus Platter with Urban Piccolruaz as cellar master. As part of the "Laimburg Agriculture and Forestry Research Center", the state vineyard has been committed to viticulture in South Tyrol since 1975 and, based on entrepreneurial criteria, aims to bring together research and practice. Thus, part of the research in the field of "cellar economy" for wine pilot projects and innovative developments. Since the construction of the "rock cellar" in 1989/90, the special farm of the province of South Tyrol has also fulfilled a representative function. The vineyards of the Landesweingutes comprise 40 hectares of vineyards in all wine-growing areas in South Tyrol on farms with a variety of soils and locations between 200 to 750 m above sea level. The white varieties Müller-Thurgau, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gold Muskateller and Gewürztraminer, as well as the red varieties Blauburgunder, Lagrein, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malvasier and Rosenmuskateller are cultivated.
The wines from the grapes of their own vineyards are from the DOC areas South Tyrol
vinified. The fermentation is controlled by temperature control and the wines are moved as little as possible. The quality wines are stylistically marketed in two lines; the proceeds of this will be reinvested in research. The classic "estate wines" are traditionally made of stainless steel, some of which are also matured in large oak barrels, typical of the vineyard. The "Burgselection" stands for the particularly individual, mainly in small or large wooden barrels developed vineyard wines with strong Ladin names from the legendary world of the Dolomites. During the vinification of the wines special emphasis is placed on the character of the South Tyrolean grape varieties and their locations.
With the recent discovery of 2,400-year-old grape seeds of the species Vitis vinifera in a Rhaetian settlement between the castle ruins Laimburg and the Landesweingut, the area is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in the German-speaking world. Here once passed the ancient Roman road "Via-Claudia-Augusta", which led from the plains of the Po and the Adriatic Sea to the Danube. Since the 1970s, the "Laimburg" together with its botanical gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle tries to live up to this heritage. This is reflected in the care of the autochthonous variety of vines Versoaln
that grows at Katzenzungen Castle in the municipality of Tisens / Prissian. It is with a 350 m² canopy to the largest and with age-specific 350 years to the oldest vines
of the world. In 2006, the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle took over the sponsorship and created in homage to 3000 years old South Tyrolean wine culture and representation of the cultural landscape "South Tyrolean vineyard" with South Tyrol's indigenous grape varieties and a walk-in treasure trove with ancient grape seeds. The Landesweingut is also an ideator and member of the Association of South Tyrolean quality wine farms "Tirolensis Ars Vini" (Viticultori Sudtirolesi).
With the founding in 1961 of the "College for Fruit, Wine and Horticulture Laimburg", created in 1968 "Experimental cellar of the country South Tyrol" (later Landesweingut) and the "Land and Forestry Experiment Center Laimburg" 1975, the foundation for a forward-looking structure Quality development in South Tyrolean agriculture: The "Laimburg" today stands for an interaction of experimental and research center, production plant, school training center and counseling center and is also a guarantor for a modern mountain farming, the ecologically
and economically with sustainability