The Stone Cellar
In the Realm of the Senses
By the end of the 1980s, South Tyrol’s Province Winery required additional space for aging its wines, both in barrels and in bottles. This new cellar was blasted directly out of the stone of the surrounding mountain, a task that required five tons of dynamite. The end result is a red porphyry-walled “cavern” wine cellar with naturally constant ambient temperature ideally suited to aging wine. An additional 300 square metre chamber is used by the winery, as well as the province government, for official functions, presenting South Tyrol as a distinguished viticultural area.
Completed in 1990, the Stone Cellar was modelled on the winning proposal submitted by surveyor Nori Gruber of Bozen. The two bronze “wine muses” which stand at the cellar’s entrance were created by Val Gardena sculptor Guido Anton Muss, who expired in 2002. These figures symbolise wine’s fragility and elegance as well as its opulence and might.
The Stone Cellar is only accessible to the public on a limited basis.
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.