Greenish yellow to light yellow, with light scents of green apple. On the palate it has a complex nutty flavour and hints of green leaves. Nicely balanced between richness of texture and bright acidity. An excellent accompaniment to fish or white meat.
Backdropped by the Dolomites and Alps and nestled on the borders of Austria and Switzerland, Alto Adige – also known as the South Tyrol – is a stunning spot and a fantastic wine region. Alto Adige is blessed with a diverse and rich landscape, with various microclimates, exceptional soil composition and vineyards grown on slopes with different inclinations, at multiple altitudes and exposures. As a result, the wines produced here have a strong identity.
Catina Tramin is the backbone of one of Alto Adige’s oldest cooperatives, founded in 1898. Today, it comprises 160 families tending approximately 270 hectares of vineyards, producing an average of 1.9 million bottles per year, and is among the first Alto Adige coops to meet the challenges of sustainable agriculture.
Pinot Bianco, aka Pinot Blanc in France and Weißburgunder in Germany, is particularly well suited to Alto Adige. Indeed, esteemed wine writer Hugh Johnson considers it the best region in the world for this varietal, which is part of the Burgundian Pinot family and is related to Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir. The grapes for this wine come from vineyards planted in calcareous clay and gravel soils at an altitude between 250 and 550 meters, where there is extreme interplay between sunny days, influenced by the Mediterranean climate, and cool nights, marked by the cold downslope winds from the surrounding mountains.
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