A brief history
Where cool winds from the Dolomites encounter Mediterranean influences, Markus Prackwieser creates wines with savor and elegance.
For over 200 years the Gump Hof, which can be traced back in historical documents to the year 1546, has been owned by the Prackwieser family. In the mid-nineties Markus Prackwieser discovered his passion for wine and took over the old-established family business from his father Johann. An ongoing dialogue with fellow winemakers and excursions to leading wine growing regions are typical of the spirit of experimentation at the Gump Hof.
A combination of knowledge acquired over generations, personal experience, time, patience and continuous attention to a distinctive profile results in wines that reect the character of both the landscape and the wine-grower.
The vineyards of the Gump Hof, with their southwest exposition and 60 - 70 % inclination, are located on solid Bolzano quartz porphyry and offer ideal conditions for the varieties grown by Markus. Situated at 1,300 - 2,800 feet above sea level, the vineyards have two special features, namely calcareous morainic soils and diurnal variation in the winds. During the day, a Mediterranean climate is delivered by the Ora wind from Lake Garda, while downslope winds from the
Dolomites cool the vines at night, resulting in particularly complex wines with a crisp freshness. No wonder that wine-growing is experiencing a remarkable renaissance here on the steep slopes of the southern Valle Isarco at the foot of the Sciliar massif.
Located on the medieval route over the Alps, the Gump Hof shares its history with Prösels Castle. The frescoes in the courtyard bear witness to an illustrious company of knights, princes, noblemen and minstrels. ere they relayed their messages, told their stories and celebrated in song the ladies, the wine from the winery, and birds as a symbol of the fine arts and of a lightness and freshness of being.
As in the past, work at the winery is characterized by respect for the environment as a whole, a focus on the typical grape varieties, classical methods of cultivation, and a commitment to manual working and loving care of the vineyards.
The wine cellar carved out of the bedrock combines perfect integration into the landscape with the best possible conditions for wine making.