The Haas family has been growing grapes in Montagna in the province of Bolzano, Alto Adige for generations. It is only with Franz, however, the current proprietor, that they have begun to produce and bottle quality wines. Franz studied at Geisenheim in Germany before working as a broker of Italian wines into the German market. After several years, he took over the running of the family business. Franz Haas goes to tremendous lengths to grow good grapes, and then strives to preserve the flavours of the fruit during winemaking. As a result the wines that he produces are infused with great character, and show a rare purity and balance on the palate.
The Pinot Grigio grapes are grown mid-slope in deep rich soils, with a high loam and clay content. The climate is Mediterranean rather than continental. However, the summers are very hot and the winters quite cold, as the weather is not moderated by any nearby water. In the summer, Bolzano is one of the hottest cities in Italy, despite being only 70 kilometres from the Austrian border, as the heat is trapped in the mountainous valley.
Light, bright gold in colour, with fresh, lively perfumes of almonds, acacia and a touch of citrus. On the palate it is intense, with good depth of ripe fruit, offset by a zesty acidity. As the wine matures, it will develop perfumes of apple and honey.