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Val Venosta,
Alto Adige, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy

About the producer

Falkenstein is located at 650 meters above sea level on a sunny hill near the village of Naturno, in the lower Venosta valley, 12 kilometres from the town of Merano in Alto Adige. Falkenstein emerged in 1995, a testament to Bernadette and Franz Pratzner's bold decision to shift from apple cultivation to the art of winemaking. Shortly thereafter, they proudly unveiled their inaugural production of 600 bottles. Renowned primarily for their exceptional white wines—Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Bianco, and Gewurztraminer—Riesling stands as the flagship wine of the estate. Additionally, they craft a limited quantity of exquisitely elegant Pinot Noir.

In the Vineyard

Organic biodynamic practices

Organic farming practices are utilized but the winery is not certified

Total area under vine

14 Hectares

Location of vineyards


Soil details

Sandy and dry soils (glacial moraines), rich in minerals (gneiss, slate, granite, mica and quartz)

In the Cellar

Fermentation practices

Fermentation for white wines take place in 10-40HL acacia barrels, the Pinot Noir in large 35HL oak casks

Yeast utilized

Specifically selected from local surroundings

Filtration stabilization

Light filtration during bottling, no stabilization

Fermentation & aging vessels

Large acacia, oak barriques and tonneaux

Additional notes


Franz & Magdalena Praztner

Winemaking style

Franz and Magdalena embody a traditional approach to winemaking, rooted in heritage and craftsmanship, while simultaneously embracing innovation to continuously elevate the quality of their wines with each passing vintage.

Wines produced

Riesling Riesling Alte Rebe Riesling Anadûron Pinot Blanc Pinot Blanc Phileo Sauvignon Sauvignon Retus Gewurztraminer Pinot Noir

Total production

Depending on the vintage, roughly 100,000 bottles