Estate: Founded in 1869 by Elena’s husband’s Werner Walch’s great-grandfather, the estate is located in Alto Adige, northern Italy. Known as the “Queen of Gewürztraminer”, Elena decided to blaze her own path when she arrived at the estate in 1985, rather than follow in the footsteps of her husband’s family label. She replanted vines in relation to soil types and prioritized sustainable, organic farming. A “strong, driven woman”, today she is known for shaking things up, while her wines are some of the most sought after in the region.
Philosophy: “The estate is dedicated to its terroir – the idea that wines must be the individual expression of their soil, climate and cultivation in the vineyard – and that this must be maintained according to principles of sustainability and passed on to the next generation.”
Winemaking: Sustainable and organic methods are practiced; no chemicals of any kind are used. 45% of the estates’ electricity needs are solar powered. From the winery website: fermentation in stainless steel tanks with 6 days of skin contact, followed by maturation in traditional large oak casks.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in colour, with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, rose petal, white pepper and earth. Flavours mirror the aromas with strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, cherry, a shake of white pepper, earth and rose petal framed by silky tannins and light acidity. Berries and spice linger between each silky sip. Vibrant, juicy, fresh, gorgeously gluggable.
Alto Adige DOC
Produced & Bottled by Elena Walch