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The Stone Cellar

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In the Realm of the Senses

By the end of the 1980s, South Tyrol abandoned high-yield grape production, focusing instead on the production of quality wine. This led to the production of strong, full-bodied white and red wines, which were refined more and more in large and small wooden barrels (barriques). For this reason, it was necessary to create an additional cellar for South Tyrol’s Laimburg Province Winery. Because the existing cellar had been built directly into the rock, extending further into the mountain itself was an ideal solution. A new cellar was thus carved into Mitterberg Mountain, an operation requiring five tons of dynamite. The result was a cavernous wine cellar with red porphyry walls. It was divided into two sections, one for barriques and one for bottle aging. The room temperature is naturally held constant at 14°C, which is ideal for storing wine. An addition 300-sqm hall was also built for use by the winery and province government for official functions, especially those related to promoting South Tyrol as a unique viticultural area. The Stone Cellar was the brainchild of former Laimburg Estate Management Director Klaus Platter, an enologist who in 1990 designed and created the space together with the Bolzano surveyor Nori Gruber and under commission by Luis Durnwalder, South Tyrol’s governor for many years. The two bronze wine muses that stand at the cellar’s entrance were created by Guido Anton Muss, a local sculptor from Val Gardena, who died in 2003. These figures embody the fragility and elegance of wine, as well as its opulence and might. In order to accommodate additional wooden barrels, the Stone Cellar was expanded in 2001 and in 2004 with two further galleries. 

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Our Weinarchiv

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Laimburg wines in a global context

The naturally constant ambient temperature in the Province Winery’s “wine archive” makes it possible to observe the development of Laimburg wines over the years. About 100 bottles of each wine are added to the archive annually. Additional wines from the world’s major viticultural regions are also collected so that the relative position of South Tyrolean wines can be assessed in comparative tastings. Finally, the wine archive provides storage area for the winery’s experimental bottlings.

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