The Adige Valley cuts a swath through the mighty Alps and connects Italy to the rest of mainland Europe via the Brenner Pass. The slopes of this breathtaking Alpine region are covered in pergola-trained vines of native grape varieties such as Schiava and Teroldego. Increasingly, the lower reaches are populated with everything from the ubiquitous Chardonnay to Pinot Blanc and Muller-Thurgau, typically trained in the Guyot method on wires. These new plantings are a clear indicator of the renaissance that has occurred in the region over the last few decades. Most of the small, family-owned growers in Alto Adige have toiled in anonymity for years, but in the Age of Information those wine drinkers seeking the unique and obscure have discovered Italy's northernmost grape-growing region.

Among the myriad success stories in Alto Adige in the last 30 years is the Giovanett family. Alfons Giovanett founded

Weingut Castelfeder in 1970 as a

small, private winery producing

primarily red wine from indigenous

varieties. In 1989, Alfons's son,

Gunther, took over the family

business and has grown it into a

promising commercial enterprise.

Now in its third generation of family

ownership, Alfons's grandson, Ivan,

is taking over winemaking duties

and granddaughter, Ines, is managing sales and export.

2016 PERTICO PINOT GRIGIO

2016 KERNER LAHN



2016 GEWURZTRAMINER VOM LEHM



2015 LAGREIN REIDER


2015 PINOT NERO GLENER

Together the Giovanett family farms over 50 hectares of vines spread out between Salorno in the south and Bolzano in the north, approximately half white and half red. The wines embody the clean, fresh style that is gradually attracting the wine-drinking world to the soaring foothills of the Italian Alps.

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