The "Landeswingut Laimburg" is located in the municipality of Pfatten at the foot of the Mitterberg 17 km south of Bozen in the lowlands near the Kalterer See in the Italian wine-growing area South-Tirol
(Region Trentino-Alto Adige
). The landmark and namesake is the castle ruin of the same name, which dates from the 13th century and is located above the castle ruins of Laimburg. Klaus Platter is director and oenologist with Urban Piccolruaz as cellar master. As part of the “Laimburg Agricultural and Forestry Research Center”, the state winery has been committed to South Tyrolean winegrowing since 1975 and, based on entrepreneurial criteria, focuses on combining research and practice. Part of the research in the "cellar management" area is used for wine-growing pilot projects and innovative developments. Since the "Felsenkeller" was built in 1989/90, the special operation of the Province of South Tyrol has also served as a representative. The vineyards of the Landesweinggut cover 40 hectares of vineyards in all wine-growing areas in South Tyrol on farms with a wide variety of soils and layers between 200 and 750 m above sea level. The white varieties Müller-Thurgau, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Goldmuskateller 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 in a temperature-controlled manner and the wines are moved as little as possible. The quality wines are stylistically marketed in two lines; the proceeds from this are reinvested in research. The classic "estate wines" are traditionally made of stainless steel, sometimes also in large oak barrels, typical grape varieties. The "castle selection" stands for the particularly individual, mostly in small or large wooden barrels, layered wines with distinctive Ladin names from the legendary world of the Dolomites. When vinifying the wines, special emphasis is placed on the character of the South Tyrolean grape varieties and their locations.
With the latest discovery of 2,400 year old grape seeds of the species Vitis vinifera in a Raetian settlement between the castle ruins of Laimburg and the state winery, the area is one of the oldest wine-growing areas in the German-speaking area. The ancient Roman road “Via-Claudia-Augusta” once passed here, which led from the plains of the Po and the Adriatic to the Danube. Since the 1970s, the “Laimburg” and its botanical gardens at Trauttmansdorff Castle have been trying to live up to this legacy. This is reflected in the care of the vine of the indigenous variety Versoaln
, which grows at Katzenzungen Castle in the municipality of Tisens / Prissian. With a 350 m² canopy it is the largest and with age-determined 350 years to the oldest vines
of the world. The gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle took over the sponsorship for this in 2006 and, as a tribute to 3000 year old South Tyrolean wine culture, along with a representation of the cultural landscape “South Tyrolean vineyard” with South Tyrol's autochthonous grape varieties, also created a walk-in treasury with antique grape seeds. The Landesweingut is also an ideator and a member of the Association of South Tyrolean Quality Wineries "Tirolensis Ars Vini" (Viticultori Sudtirolesi).
With the founding of the "Fachschule für Obst, Wein- und Gartenbau Laimburg" in 1961, the "Experimental Cellar of the State of South Tyrol" (later Landesweingut) created in 1968 and the "Agricultural and Forestry Experimental Center Laimburg" in 1975, the foundation stone was laid for a forward-looking structure quality development in South Tyrolean agriculture: The "Laimburg" today stands for an interplay of test and research center, production company, school training center and advice center and is at the same time a guarantee for modern mountain agriculture ecologically
and economically with sustainability