The wine estate and its history. The estate’s historical buildings date from 1608, built by Hieronymus Manincor. The emperor had endowed him with land beside the Lake of Kaltern for his services to Austria and at the same time raised him to the ranks of the nobility.
The coat-of-arms extended to accommodate his new status, ‘Man-in-cor’ means roughly ‘Hand on heart’ and can still be seen on the facade of the manor house. Hieronymus Manincor’s grand daughter married one of Count Enzenberg’s ancestors in 1662. Since then there has been a relationship between the Manincor manor and the family which now runs it. Finally in 1978 the estate became fully owned by the Counts Enzenberg. The Enzenbergs have been among the most prominent Tyrolean families for 800 years.
Their name appears in documents for the first time in 1236 and they have been resident in South Tyrol since around 1500. Among the distinguished ancestors Kassian Ignaz Enzenberg made a name for himself as a philosopher of the Enlightenment and reformer. Born in Brixen in 1709, Kassian was an official at the court of Maria Theresia and government representative in Bozen/Bolzano, where he undertook land reclamation by draining the marshy areas of Adige Valley, thereby transforming agriculture in the southern part of South Tyrol and considerably improving the health of South Tyroleans in these areas. In 1763 he was appointed to the recently established Tyrolean regional administration and raised a year later to the ranks of the Tyrolean nobility with the title of count, which corresponds to earl in Britain.
Today the land and properties administered by Count Michael Goess-Enzenberg include vineyards, extensive fruit orchards and several splendid manor houses. The Enzenberg family’s connection with wine-growing can be traced back to 1698. Documents from that year refer to Enzenberg wine cellars in Terlan, Kaltern and Schwaz in North Tyrol. In the meantime, in spite of modernity Count Michael Goess-Enzenberg has deliberately kept this tradition alive.
Manincor today. When Count Michael Goess-Enzenberg took over Manincor from his uncle in 1991 the estate’s grape production was highly in demand, though it had no winery of its own and the grapes from its top sites were sold to the Kaltern and Terlan Wine-growers’ Cooperative Cellars. This soon changed. The aim was to produce top quality grapes and transform them into superlative wines in an immediately recognisable Manincor style.
Efforts initially went into the work in the vineyards, quality was increased by reducing yield per vine and eventually vineyard husbandry was carried out along more natural lines. Finally in 1996 the estate was able to begin crushing the grape production in a cellar of its own.
In spite of its size (with 50 hectares of vineyard Manincor is the largest wine estate in South Tyrol which vinifies its entire grape production) it has remained a family operation with charm and personality. Michael and Sophie Goess-Enzenberg and their family ensure this continues. They live in the wine estate and are part of the culture, history and products which the name of Manincor stands for.