Estate: The Foradori estate was established north of the city of Trento in Northern Italy in 1901 and was purchased by Vittorio Foradori in 1929. Today 4th generation winemaker Elisabetta Foradori is at the helm. She has devoted the past 25 years to the Teroldego grape, “nearly half a lifetime spent endeavouring to express through this grape variety the land that hosts it”. When her father died at a young age, the widely planted clone of Teroldego in the Trentino region had been selected to “emphasize quantity over quality”. She “worked relentlessly to restore its genetic diversity so that the wines would be deeper, purer and more complex”. Additionally, Elisabetta has transformed the vineyards and winery using biodynamic principles, and was Demeter certified in 2009. Driven by the knowledge that “modern man has forgotten that nearly all human activities gravitate around agriculture”, she has assisted in uniting nature and the operations of the winery. She planted a variety of indigenous fruit and foliage around the vineyards, increasing the habitat for local animals and has seen the proliferation of birds, insects and butterflies. For a detailed account of the biodynamic approach, initiatives taken to preserve indigenous plants and wildlife, and the more ethereal, nuances of winemaking, please explore the Foradori website here.
Philosophy: Achieving harmony between man and nature; “to bring into the wineglass the fragrance of the flowers from the mountain pastures, the minerality of the surrounding cliffs, the transparency of the mountain skies, the character of the people that live in these alpine valleys”.
Winemaking: Steadfast to the principle of conveying in “each bottle the character of the land of Trentino”, there is as little as possible intervention in the winery. They “guide the wine while paying attention to its needs” in order for each bottle to keep “an expressive spontaneity and bears the personality of its intense and live raw material”. Only indigenous yeasts are used, and the majority of the wines are left unfiltered. Grapes for the ‘Foradori’ wines are sourced from various single site vineyards around the areas of Mezzolombardo, Campazzi and Settepergole, totaling 10 hectares. The soil is alluvial with pebbles and gravel. Aged for 12 months in wood and cement tanks.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of black cherry, baking spices, toasted oak along with gamey, earthy traces. Clean fruit flavours of blackberry, cherry and plum are highlighted by a lively acidity and backed by nutmeg, Mediterranean herbs, and nuances of forest floor. Velvety tannins harmonise with the slightly bitter edge on the lengthy finish of subtle, spiced oak and tobacco notes. Captivating and serene, this is a graceful Teroldego.
Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Foradori
Enjoy now thru 2020
Also check out Eric Asimov’s 2011 article “In Teroldegos, the Thrill of the Obscure“