Weingut Falkenstein

Schlossweg19, 39025 Naturns

Telephone +39 0473 666054
Fax +39 0473 420256

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ProWein 2018 hall map (Hall 15): stand G71

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ProWein 2018 fairground map: Hall 15

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.01  Europe
  • 01.01.09  Italy
  •  Südtirol/Alto Adige

Our products

Product category: Südtirol/Alto Adige

Riesling - Our flagship

Our Riesling presents a delicate bouquet of yellow fruit and a well-structured acidity, enriched with a pleasing touch of mineral.

Riesling is a late-maturing variety which develops its unmistakable aromas in the higher areas cultivated. The harvest is rigorously by hand during the first half of October. Afterwards, the grapes are processed with great care and transferred to large acacia casks to commence fermentation. Here they remain for ten months to sediment. After bottling, the Riesling remains in store for a further six months.

Area under vines: 6 ha 
Altitude: 600-900 m a.s.l.
Vine density: 9000-13000 vines/ha

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Product category: Südtirol/Alto Adige

Gewürztraminer - The aromatic

Fresh acidity and an aroma reminiscent of rose, cloves and tropical fruit are the chief characteristics of this wine. Gewürztraminer represents the smallest part of our production.

Gewürztraminer is recognizable thanks to its pinkish skin and very small fruit. The grapes are harvested by hand and processed with attention. Fermentation and perfection is in large acacia casks, which allow the wine to develop its aromas to the full.

Area under vines: 0.7 ha 
Altitude: 600 m a.s.l.
Vine density: 9000 vines/ha

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Product category: Südtirol/Alto Adige

Pinot Noir - Sheer elegance

The aromatic spectrum of this full-bodied wine reminds of fruits of the forest and cherries, with gloriously fine tannins.

Pinot Noir has compact grape clusters with small fruit. Following the manual harvest in mid-September, the grapes are left in large oak fermentation vats for three to four weeks, during which time they are continuously mixed by hand. After this, the wine is transferred to French barrels of between 228 – 500 litres, where it remains for twelve months. Once bottles, the wine is placed in store for another year, which allows time for it to mature.

Area under vines: 2 ha 
Altitude: 600-700 m a.s.l.
Vine density: 9000-12000 vines/ha

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About us

Company details

The family business is run by Franz Praztner, his wife Bernadette and their two daughters Magdalena and Michaela. They carry forward the Pratzner family tradition with enormous enthusiasm. In the past, the Praztners cultivated Vernatsch (Schiava) for diners at their family-run inn.

Franz and Bernadette believed strongly in their project, to transform this vocation into their profession. Today we taste the proof. In the cellar where the wines mature and develop their individual characteristics, we find Franz, the wine-maker. He cares for his wines with enormous passion, monitoring every stage of their progress, making sure they all reach their maximum potential. Franz: “Wine has the personality of an infant child: delicate, vulnerable and free. Each needs to be accompanied along their path to maturity. During this period of their lives we share those times which are sometimes beautiful and sometimes difficult, until they have arrived at the moment they are ready to stand on their own.”

His wife Bernadette, on the other hand, is a person who loves being in contact with nature. It comes as no surprise, then, that she spends most of her time in the open air and among the vines. Bernadette: “Like butterflies, coloured and fragile, hey develop like hungry little larva; and so it is that the wine is born. From the buds of old vines sprout the same vivid array of colours!”

Today the younger generation is broadening its horizons: both daughters are finishing their studies and have already had precious experience in other situations – experience they fully intend to bring into the family business.

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