In autumn it is high time to harvest the grapes on the South Tyrolean Wine Route.
In late summer and autumn, the wine growers in the sunny south of South Tyrol and in Merano and surroundings are busy again: now the grapes are mature enough to harvest. Depending on the kind of vines, the grapes might be harvested in September or October. This actually is the busiest and most exhaustive period of the year for South Tyrol’s wine growers and their families.
The grapes must be picked as quickly as possible and while it isn’t raining. If the grapes get wet, they loose sugar and finally rot. Once the grapes have arrived to the wineries, they are pressed and put into huge barrels, such as barique barrels, for maturing.
The Oltradige region, which actually makes part of the South Tyrolean Wine Route, is the main wine-growing area all over South Tyrol!