Lago di Caldaro / Karltersee

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Lago di Caldaro DOC is produced in the so-called Dell'Oltradige area that extends on the west side of the Adige Valley, between Bolzano and Termeno, in one of the most suitable areas for wine production in the whole region. The main municipalities of this area are Appiano and Caldaro. It consists of four types based on the Schiava grapes.


The territory, crossed by the famous Strada del Vino (i.e. Wine Route), is hilly and surrounded by high mountains. The predominant soil is gravel and forces the vines to develop deep roots to absorb the water.

The climate is mountainous, with heterogeneous conditions in relation to the altitude and the orientation of the slopes towards the sun. Winters are cold and snowy, hot summers and, at the bottom of the valley, sultry.


Lago di Caldaro widely reveals the characteristic features of Schiava. The color is slightly intense ruby red with little coloring matter; on the nose emerge hints of violet, red fruits (raspberry and wild strawberry) and a slightly almond finish; to the taste it is dry, fresh, not very tannic. It is certainly a delicate wine.

Food pairing

Light dishes, not very structured and not too tasty, are the ideal combinations for this wine. Surely I would not miss to taste it with canederli in brodo (a kind of big dumplings in broth), a traditional South Tyrolean dish, followed by a white meat dish, preferably poultry. With fish it could be an unexpected surprise.


  • registration: 1970 DOC
  • wine category: red
  • carbon dioxide: still
  • residual sugar: dry
Production zone
  • Caldaro
  • Caldaro Classico
  • Caldaro Classico Superiore
  • Caldaro Scelto
  • Caldaro Scelto Classico Superiore
Grapes varieties
  • alone or together Schiava gentile, Schiava grigia, Schiava grossa 85-100%
  • other non aromatic local grapes 0-15%
Maximum productivity
  • quintals of grapes per hectare: 140
  • hectoliters of wine per quintal: 0,7
  • hectoliters of wine per hectare: 98 
Minimum alcohol
  • Caldaro: 10,5%
  • Caldaro Classico: 10,5%
  • Caldaro Superiore: 11,0%
  • Caldaro Scelto: 11,5%
  • Caldaro Scelto Superiore: 12,0%
  • temperature: 12-14°C / 54-57°F
  • glass: medium wine glass
  • longevity: 2-5 anni
Happy wine!