Castel Katzenzungen is located in the heart of South Tyrol on a charming hill just a stone's throw from Merano, a spa town and Bolzano, the regional capital.
Castel Katzenzungen History
The first historical evidence written on the manor dates back to 1244, when Castel Katzenzungen passed from the hands of Henricus de Cazenzunge to the noble families of the lords of Fink and Schlandersberg, whose last also provided for planting the largest and oldest vine in Europe - "Versoaln", with its 350 years and an extension of over 350 square meters.
Through the Counts of Thun and Fuchs, the castle finally came to the lords of Breisach, who gave the splendid farm the architectural form that we can still admire today.
Between 1550 and 1700 Castel Katzenzungen belonged to the most respected noble families of the region. With the end of the noble Breisach lineage, the castle lost part of its significance and importance, and so began its structural decline.
The Renaissance castle, in a bleak condition of decadence and ruin, was finally bought in 1978 by Josef Pobitzer, and he was handed down to his son Ernst Pobitzer. It is thanks to the latter, and to the restoration work carried out by him with so much loving and painstaking meticulous work, that the farm has been able to rediscover its spirit of "entertainment castle": weddings, company parties, wine tastings, meetings and even congresses, with a capacity of up to 450 guests, are made unforgettable thanks to the unparalleled atmosphere of the castle's 800-year history.
A visit to the castle cellars is inevitable, where the grapes are processed and turned into precious white wine, sold in numbered bottles with certificate.