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The evening downdrafts of the Mendola Massif give the entire terroir of the St. Michael-Eppan winery their character: they ensure the cool nights that give the grapes their extraordinary properties, shaping the fragrance, the unmistakable freshness and longevity of the wines. The downdraft (= “FALLWIND”) is the natural element that blows over the vineyards every day, exerting a positive influence on the climate and supporting the valuable work of the winegrowers.
FALLWIND. The power of nature.

Alto Adige DOC

Riserva Fallwind


The red cuvée Fallwind is a bold composition of Merlot and Cabernet. The two grape varieties have thrived in our vineyards since 1850. For the Merlot Cabernet Riserva Fallwind, they are vinified separately and blended after about one year of ageing in wood. Thanks to the soft tannins of the Merlot and the distinct character of the Cabernet, this wine manages to surprise even the most demanding wine lovers. 

at sight

blackish red

to the nose

blackcurrant, mint as well as liquorice and coffee

on the palate

soft, spicy, powerful and expressive


Merlot 55%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35% and Cabernet Franc 10%

Area of cultivation

Sites: various vineyards in the warmest sites of Appiano, Caldaro and Cortaccia
Exposition: south, southeast
Soil: limestone gravel and moraine debris
Training System: Guyot

Vine Age

8 to 15 years


Merlot end of september and Cabernet early October; harvest and grape selection by hand.


Fermentation in stainless-steel tanks, followed by maturation and malolactic fermentation in barrique-tonneau. Assembly after nearly a year. Afterwards, the wine ages for another six months in stainless-steel tanks.


55 hl/ha


Alcohol Content: 14 %
Acidity: 5.1 gr/lt

Serving Temperature



8 to 10 years

Pairing Recommendations

Grilled beef tenderloin (Fiorentina), aged cheeses

Fallwind. the power of nature.

The “FALLWIND” wines are ambassadors of our terroir and reflect the remarkable strengths of our growing area in a unique way.
Strict quality guidelines, low yields, intense manual work in the vineyards as well as a meticulous and individual vinification in the cellar make them what they are: characterful, precise and unique wines that convince every connoisseur with their varietal characteristics.

The labels of the “FALLWIND” wines have a strong symbolism that is directly related to the growing area. In the centre is an old etching showing a view of the Macaion, part of the Mendola Massif. Above, the merged star and the waning crescent moon from the coat of arms of the municipality of Appiano, symbols dating from the early Middle Ages and lending the image graphic power and expressiveness.