Alto Adige is a mountain region of innumerable aspects. High up it is the snow-covered summits that characterise the landscape, while palms, cypresses, vineyards and fruit orchards dot the valleys down below. The meeting of the Alpine-continental climate with the mild Mediterranean climate creates a landscape that is unique in the world.
The vines of Castel Sallegg grow on gentle slopes in the best locations around Lake Caldaro and enjoy an ideal climate for wine at altitudes of between 230 and 550 metres above sea level.
The warm microclimate around Lake Caldaro at 230-280 metres above sea level favours late-ripening, aromatic grape varieties. The vineyards at a height of 550 metres at the Preyhof are however suitable for the cultivation of fruity white wines. Sauvignon Blanc and Blauburgunder [Pinot Nero] find an ideal home at the Leisenhof at some 500 metres above sea level.
The interaction between the soils and the influence of the Mediterranean and Alpine climates determine the unmistakable character of the quality wines produced at Castel Sallegg.