For more than 2000 years, the art of winemaking has shaped the culture and environment of South Tyrol. Today, this heritage is expressed in a diverse landscape of practices and philosophies. What distinguishes viticulture in this region is the profound attachment of local producers to the landand their constant commitment to delivering excellent products. Their personality is reflected in each product and is skilfully combined with traditional practices.
A winery that reflects this attitude is Fliederhof, which is located on the St. Maddalena hill near Bolzano. The winery is run by the Ramoser family, which has been practising viticulture for many generations. Like in the past, the grapes are still harvested by hand, a practice that guarantees a high quality in the final products. These traditional forms of viticulture are combined with innovative processes. In the last few years, the family has adopted a new, non-intrusive approach to the plant growth, which does not foresee the use of chemical products and the regular intervention of the winemaker. In this way, the vine can develop its own character in the most natural way possible.
Martin Ramoser is a young winemaker and since 2018 has been running the Fliederhof, helped by his family in running the day-to-day activities at the vineyard. In these years, Martin has brought to the winery the knowledge and wisdom he gained while travelling across different European wine regions: first in the Chianti and the Barolo regions in Italy, then in Germany, near Stuttgart. During these formative experiences, he met inspiring personalities and had his first, decisive encounter with biodynamic wine.
Back in South Tyrol in 2016, Martin was determined to set a new path for the Fliederhof by bringing his new biodynamic approach. The initial scepticism of his family towards new wine practices did not discourage him from proving himself. After almost three years of continuous experimentation, in 2019 Martin finally made it: vineyard care and wine production at Fliederhof became completely biodynamic.
Biodynamic wine production has recently become a buzz word for winemakers across the world. However, a single definition does not exist. For Martin, it must be so: it is essential that each winemaker develops his own understanding of what biodynamic means in order to best adapt it to the vineyard distinctive attributes. This is the only way to get products with strong character. For the young winemaker, this requires a constant dialogue with nature, an exchange that demands constant practice and a great confidence. This is Martin’s philosophy, which gives a singularly fresh and harmonious character to each of the Fliederhof wines.
At Fliederhof, accompanying rather than steering nature’s processes is the key to Martin’s winegrowing approach. For instance, he uses organic preparations and lets the sheep fertilise the soil by grazing in the vineyard. In doing so, he avoids the use of chemical products. Essential is also the proximity of the vineyard to the winery, so that Martin can better understand the plant needs and give all the necessary attention to its development. Biodynamic winemaking has also an important social aspect. Since 2020, Martin has been a member of the Association for Organic and Dynamic Agriculture in Trentino-South Tyrol. Thanks to this network, he has the chance to exchange ideas and get practical tips on how to create organic blends for the care of the vineyard.
At Fliederhof, biodynamic winemaking is not a label, but rather a constantly evolving relationship with nature.For Martin, it is also a mission: to keep alive the family tradition and teach to others the art of natural winemaking.
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laifain experiences at Fliederhof winery
With our tailor-made private tours, we not only offer our guests the opportunity to visit the winery, but also to take a thematic tour that touches on other points of interest in the surrounding area. Our tip: combine your tour at Fliederhof with a cultural, historical and culinary tour in Bolzano.
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