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A brief history

Cantina Girlan was founded in 1923 in an ancient farmstead from the 16th century. Back then, 23 winegrowers laid the foundation stones of what was later to become the winery we see today. Today, about 200 greatly committed and motivated winegrowers and their families farm an area covering about 220 hectares of vineyards.

The main part of the grapes grows in Girlan between 450-500m a.s.l. on this morainic hill with volcanic porphyry (acid soils). Here, we grow our Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon, Chardonnay as well as Vernatsch in the cru Gschleier.
The other important origin of our wines is Mazon, considered as the most valuable cru for Italian Pinot Noir and home of big part of our Pinot Noirs. It is located 20 km south of Girlan, on 400m a.s.l. with calcareous and clayey soils and western exposure.

The grapes, entirely hand-harvested, are received according to a precise harvest calendar and gently processed according to their quality, variety and origin. Cantina Girlan produces three distinct wine lines:
Solisti • Flora • Vigneti • Classici
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Established in 1923

Via San Martino 24
Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
I-39057

www.girlan.it/en

info@girlan.it

+390471662403

Meet The Winemakers

  • Gerhard Kofler

    Gerhard Kofler was born and raised in Girlan, right next to the winery he is managing since 2005. Earlier to that, he gained experience in Piedmont and Alto Adige before taking over the production of Cantina Girlan, together with his loyal assistant and oenologist Manfred Bernard.
    Ever since, the production has been strictly trimmed to quality. No wonder, then, that the winery is now among the most awarded in the region, especially for its Pinot Noir wines. Gerhard is considered as a strong proponent of the single vineyard. In fact, his credo is getting out “the best” of each individual site, depending on its microclimatic condition. Consequently, Gerhard maintains a close and personal contact with Cantina Girlan’s 200 winegrowing families, striving continuously for improvements in quality.

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Girlan Wines

Featured Wines

Girlan Gschleier Alte Reben Vernatsch Bottle Preview
GirlanGschleier Alte Reben Vernatsch

Production area „Gschleier“ is certainly one of the best-known winegrowing areas of the Alto Adige. In fact, our vines are between 80 and 110 years old, which makes them unique. The vines grow at an altitude of 450 m above sea level, in lime, clay and gravel soils. The position and the exposure of the slope ensure optimal sunstroke which gives rise to a full wine with a great aging potential. Winemaking The grapes are picked by hand and placed in small containers to prevent excesspressure on the grapes. Destemming and slow must fermentation (15-20 days) instainless steel tanks (gravity-flow). Malolatic fermentation and aging for 9 months in big wooden barrels and 6 months in the bottle. Tasting notes & food matching This Vernatsch is unique. It is elegant and full bodied with fruity tannins, accompanied by a marvellous flavour. A wine with exceptional ageing potential. Its characteristics make it perfect for serving with mediterranean foods.

Girlan Pinot Bianco Bottle Preview
GirlanPinot Bianco

Production area Pinot Bianco is grown on the hillside vineyards from the cru "Girlan" at an altitudes ranging from 450 to 500 m above sea level in well aired vineyards. The area in which they are grown is rich in minerals, the result of ice age sedimentation. Winemaking The grapes are picked by hand and placed in small containers to prevent excess pressure on the grapes. Gentle pressing and clarification of the must by natural sedimentation. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature and aging on the lees in stainless steel tanks. Tasting notes & food matching Pinot Bianco has compact bunches of small greenish grapes. It is the most white grape variety grown in Girlan. A delicate aroma, slight apple blossom bouquet and a lively palate make Pinot Bianco the ideal aperitif wine or an excellent accompaniment for white meat and fish.

Girlan Fass Nr. 9 Vernatsch Bottle Preview
GirlanFass Nr. 9 Vernatsch

Production area The grapes for this wine grow on the hillside vineyards of the cru "Girlan" and Colterenzio at an altitude of 450 m above sea level in well aired vineyards, on moraine soils from the ice age. The position and exposure of the slope mean optimum sunlight which, together with the characteristics of the land, grows a elegant, lasting wine. Winemaking The vineyards have an average age of 30 years. The grapes are picked by hand and placed in small containers to prevent excess pressure on the grapes. Destemming and slow must fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Malolatic fermentation and aging in big wooden barrels for 5 months. Tasting notes & food matching The delicate character of the grape varietal "Vernatsch" and the notable concentration of velvety tannins make this wine unique. Our selection of the best vineyards, as well as a restrictive limitation on quantity, gave Fass Nr. 9 a pioneering role from the sixties - times without DOC regulations. It is an all-round red and particularly recommended with tyrolean dishes like dumplings, ravioli, roast meats, speck and cheese.

Girlan Flora Cuvèe Bianco Riserva Bottle Preview
GirlanFlora Cuvèe Bianco Riserva

Production area For this extraordinary wine we choose the best Chardonnay-, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon-grapes from the hillside vineyards of cru "Girlan". They grow in different vineyards with an age between 15 and 20 years, at an altitude from 450 to 500 m above sea level. The vines are trained using the Guyot system. The growing area is rich in minerals, the result of ice age sedimentation. Winemaking The grapes are picked by hand and placed in small containers to prevent excess pressure on the grapes. Gentle whole cluster pressing and clarification of the must by natural sedimentation. Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon are fermented at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks. Chardonnay is fermented in oak barrels of 12 and 15 hl, followed by malolactic fermentation. Aging on the lees for 10 months. After blending and bottling, the wine is aged for other 9 months before it is released as Riserva. Tasting notes & food matching An elegant frame and fine consistency, with intense fruity notes. An excellent structure that is flavoursome and mineral, with a persistent palate. We recommend serving this wine with refined dishes, including meats.

Girlan Platt & Riegl Pinot Bianco Bottle Preview
GirlanPlatt & Riegl Pinot Bianco

Production area For this wine we choose the best Pinot Bianco grapes from the hillside of the Oltradige at an altitude from 450 to 550 m above sea level, in well aired vineyards. The different combination of soils, from clay to lime and gravel is what gives this wine its unique character. Winemaking The grapes are picked by hand and placed in small containers to prevent excess pressure on the grapes. Gentle whole cluster pressing and clarification of the must by natural sedimentation. 50% is fermented at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks, 50% is fermented in large oak barrels (50 hl). The part in oak barrels is continued with malolactic fermentation. Aging on the lees for 8 months. Tasting notes & food matching Pinot Bianco has compact bunches of small greenish grapes. It is the most white grape variety grown in the cru "Girlan". Thanks to its delicate, fresh and at the same time, full flavour, the Platt & Riegl Pinot Bianco is the perfect wine for a host of different occasions. It is an ideal accompaniment for hors d’oeuvres and fish dishes as well as being very popular as an aperitif.

Girlan Pasithea Rosa Moscato Rosa Bottle Preview
GirlanPasithea Rosa Moscato Rosa

Production area Moscato Rosa is grown on the hillside vineyards of Girlan at an altitude ranging from 400 to 500 m above sea level in well aired vineyards. The soil is rich in minerals, the result of ice age sedimentation. Winemaking The grape have been harvested at the end of the year 2017. The grapes are harvested in small crates, in which they are left to dry and their natural concentration of sugars increases. Mid-January after 2 weeks of maceration on skins the grapes are pressed. The final fermentation that follows is very slow; the high sugar content means it ends spontaneously. Aging for 8 months in small oak barrels. Tasting notes & food matching The bouquet is a mix of roses, ripe woodland strawberries, red currants and a spicy note of cinnamon. The flavour is soft, with light tannins, a sweet fullness in the mouth and a persistent after-note. A good match when served with fruit desserts and cakes.