Exploring Italy’s Alto Adige

 

Notes from our 2013 trip to Alto Adige:

We arrived in the Cortina village square at dusk after driving over the Brenner Pass in Austria and then down through the Alps, over Bozen (Bolzano). There was an old castle ruin on top of a mountain peak every turn of the way. We were in the northern Italian region of Alto Adige, but the look and feel of the landscape and the architecture was Germanic.

We arrived in the Cortina village square at dusk after driving over the Brenner Pass in Austria and then down through the Alps, over Bozen (Bolzano). There was an old castle ruin on top of a mountain peak every turn of the way. We were in the northern Italian region of Alto Adige, but the look and feel of the landscape and the architecture was Germanic.

The next morning we met Ines Giovanett, daughter of Günther & Sandra Giovanett, the proprietors of the estate and sister of Ivan Giovanett, winemaker. She took us on a tour of their vineyards on the eastern side of the valley, including such Castelfeder label landmarks as the stone on the “Rieder” Lagrein label and the bridge on the “Glener” Pinot Nero label.

After our morning tour, we met Ines’ (very fit 90+ year old) grandparents who live in a house on the property, and then we settled down to lunch on the terrace. After melon & parma ham, garden tomatoes with mozzarrela & basil, vitello tonnato (thinly sliced veal with a tuna & anchovy sauce, spaghetti with tomato sauce, pasta with homemade garden pesto, and ice cream for dessert (and tasting through the wines in their lineup), we headed out through the apple orchards on the valley floor on the way to their winery, just off the main village square in Cortina. Ines gave us a great tour, finishing in the Castelfeder cellar.

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Alto Adige was a part of Austria’s Südtirol until the end of World War I, and the influences of language, food & culture still prevail. This line of wines capture this wonderful cross of cultures, and the wines that come from these steep vineyards to the south of the beautiful Dolomite Mountains. We direct import (close to) the full Castelfeder line as well as their premium Burgum Novum line. Please contact us if you’d be interested in purchasing them at the wholesale level:

Castelfeder Pinot Bianco “Vom Stein”
Castelfeder Pinot Grigio “15”
Castelfeder Kerner “Lahn”
Castelfeder Pinot Nero “Glener”
Castelfeder Vernatsch“Breitbacher”
Castelfeder Lagrein “Rieder”
Burgum Novum Pinot Nero Riserva
Burgum Novum Cabernet Riserva
Burgum Novum Lagrein Riserva

Cheers!
Jens Strecker, Owner
J. Strecker Selections