The Alto Adige region, known as the Südtirol when it belonged to neighbouring Austria, provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for grape growing. The valley is split by the Adige river and vineyards are planted on either side of the steep mountains, over 1,000 metres. Franz Haas is the third generation first-born son named Franz to run this family estate, established in 1880, and the wines are characterised by crisp fruit and refreshing acidity with real personality and ageing potential. Manna is Franz’s white blend of Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Traminer and Kerner, offering rich complexity, layered fruit and texture with a long finish. Franz’s Pinot Nero, one of the country’s finest, is delicate and perfumed with wild strawberry and raspberry notes, the palate silky and smooth. Moscato Rosa, a wine that Franz is famous for, is a quirky dessert wine with notes of cherry, strawberry, clove and cinnamon.