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Cantina Colterenzio are a cooperative located in Appiano, in the Alto Adige region of northern Italy, and is one of the youngest cooperatives in the South Tyrol. Colterenzio started life in 1960 with just 26 wine-growers who joined forces to become independent and establish their own business, naming their winery after the hamlet they came from. Renowned oenologist Luis Raifer became Director, later President, and recognised the potential of the region. By introducing new quality standard measures his innovations helped to change the face of Tyrolean viticulture. Colterenzio now consists of 300 wine-growing families throughout the region, and Luis' son Wolfgang is one of the winemakers. The vineyards are mainly in the areas of Appiano, Colterenzio, Cornaiano, Bolzano and Salorno, planted between 250 and 550 metres above sea level with an array of native and international grape varieties on a variety of soils. The Alps act as a barrier to cold winds on one side with Lake Garda exerting a warmer influence on the other. This unique combination of different soil compositions and sites, with each plot having its own characteristics, allows them to produce a varied range of quality wines. The winemaking is supervised by oenologist Martin Lemayr, and in the cellar every phase is performed by gravity. Every bottle of wine is an authentic expression of its terroir - this is the South Tyrol at its best!