In Alto Adige, the interplay of soils and climate is simply perfect for the wine: a mild, Alpine-continental climate with over three hundred days of sun per year; to the north, the Alps, which protect Alto Adige’s vineyards from the cold winds, while to the south, the land is open, allowing the warm air currents from Lake Garda and the Mediterranean to have their effect upon the winegrowing zones. Large temperature differentials between day and night, an average temperature of 18° C. (64° F.) during the growing phase, and sufficient precipitation additionally create the ideal conditions for high quality grapes. The broad spectrum of soils in Alto Adige ranges from volcanic porphyry, weathered primitive rock soils composed of quartz and mica, limestone and dolomite to sandy marl, offering just the right underlayer to each grape variety.