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Caldaro

Alto Adige

About the Winery

CANTINA DI CALDARO is one of the most important high-quality wine producers in Alto Adige, renown for producing classicly-styled, yet accessibly-priced wines made from grapes in the vineyards surrounding Lake Caldaro, which is just outside Bolzano. Since 1906, the winery has functioned as a cooperative. The vineyards are almost entirely worked by hand with strict guidelines established by the members and supervised by the cellar master. The wines owe their bright and pure aromas, near-perfect balance on the palate, and fresh acidity to their mountainside origins.

Alto Adige

Positioned right below Austria at the tiptop of Italy, Alto Adige lies in a Y shaped glacial valley. Before airplanes, this little valley used to be the main passage between Italy and the rest of Europe. Because of its position as a gateway to Italy, Alto Adige was the focal point of conquests ranging from the ancient Romans to the Nazi regime. It became part of Italy in 1919 and there are up to three official languages: Italian, German and Latin. Vineyards in Alto Adige creep up the sides of glacial valleys in horizontal rows. The winery estates here are commonly called Schloss which is the German word for castle or chateau. Alto Adige is quite tiny at only 13,000 acres, but the region varies enough to have 7 distinct growing sub-regions.

Vineyard(s)
Among Caldaro's many vineyards, there are some very special sites. They have evolved over time and are pre-destined for certain varieties and for outstanding wines. They are sites that are worked on a sustainable basis, in some cases on organic or biodynamic lines, and with a consistent focus on quality. In the field of biodynamic viticulture, Caldaro is a pioneer for the whole of Alto Adige. A group of members and innovators are already cultivating more than 15 hectares of land based on this special form of organic viticulture, doing groundbreaking work. In the cellar, too, these grapes are processed according to the principles laid down by Rudolf Steiner. And all of Caldaro's growers avoid the use of herbicides.
Ratings & Reviews
Title
Item
Vintage
Publication
Score
Review
Caldaro
Pinot Nero
2022
89
This Pinot Noir shows the more earth-driven side of the grape with aromas of turned earth, dried herbs, leaves and porcini with hints of dried cherries in the background. Elegant with a rounded texture on the palate, the wine gives a masterclass on umami. Paired with earthy and savory flavors, your meal will be complete.
Caldaro
Pinot Grigio
2021
89
The 2021 Pinot Grigio is understated in the glass with fresh pear and white flower nuances. It soothes with its round textures and ripe orchard fruits contrasted with lemon zest. This cleans up nicely through the finish, leaving a bitter twang of ginger to carry on. Drinking window: 2023-2025
Caldaro
Pinot Nero
2021
88
The 2021 Pinot Nero displays vivid roses, wild strawberries and mint. It's soft and cool-toned in feel with ripe red fruits and pretty inner florals. Licorice and blueberry notes resonate through the lip-smacking finale. Drinking window: 2023-2025
Caldaro
Pinot Nero
2021
89
This light and refreshing Blauburgunder (aka Pinot Noir) has aromas of cranberry and tart strawberries with loads of freshly cut flowers and fresh herbs. The palate is bright with vibrant acidity showing flavors of pomegranate, sour cherry and black tea giving the wine a subtle and pleasing bitter note with fine tannins.
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