About the Winery
Cantina Kaltern is one of the principal wineries of Alto Adige, and the town of Kaltern itself is proud of its reputation as the most popular and best-known wine village in the region. In Kaltern, village life revolves around wine. Wine is the mission in life for many people there, one that they pursue with great passion be it in the vineyard, in the cellar, in restaurants and bars, or in retail. What makes this village on the shores of Alto Adige's largest natural lake, and its wine, so unique is the community behind it the spirit, the euphoria, and the shared aspiration to draw the attention of the whole world to the wine, the village and to the natural beauty of Kaltern.
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 Schlos 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.
Ratings & Reviews
This heavily spiced Lagrein leaps out of the glass with aromas of black plum, tobacco, clove, white pepper and anise. The lush palate yields flavors of game, forest floor and macerated black cherries with a hint of cinnamon on the rounded finish.
Pinot Grigio 'Soll'
Bright, medium yellow; delicate aromas of pear, apple and elderflowers. Medium-bodied, this is straightforward with good acidity, a clean, dry finish and nice harmony. This lacks complexity, but it a pleasant quaffer. Enjoy over the next 1-2 years.
The Cantina Kaltern 2021 Alto Adige Chardonnay Saleit strikes good balance, showing both elegance and intensity. The bouquet exhibits preserved lemon, honey, ripe peach, yellow rose and vanilla biscuit. This medium-bodied white offers the volume and length to pair with white meat or shellfish. Salty minerality drives the dry and linear finish. This is a 40,000-bottle release.
Showing dark concentration and velvety richness, the Cantina Kaltern 2021 Alto Adige Lagrein offers a slightly more accessible interpretation of this much-beloved native grape. This wine is void of the bitterness and rawness that can sometimes characterize this grape. Instead, it offers smoothness and soft tannins with blackberry, cherry and dark plum. Aging is mostly in stainless steel with a little botte grand and barrique. It's poised for immediate drinking. This is an ample 110,000-bottle production.