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Producer: Cantina TraminGrape Varieties: 100% Pinot GrigioOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Rich full bodied dry whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italy
Alto Adige is the northern, predominantly German speaking part of the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Italy that borders on to the Austrian Tyrol. It was ceded to Italy only after the First World War. This region is known as “Südtirol” by the German-speakers and owes its Italian name of “Alto-Adige” to the river Adige that flows through on its way to the Adriatic. The sleepy village of Termeno/Tramin is thought to be the birthplace of the Traminer white grape variety, also known as Gewurztraminer.
Cantina Tramin (Termeno), founded in 1898, has 280 member winegrowers who follow its strict directives on the cultivation of the vines and covers 230 hectares of vineyards situated on the sunny slopes at an altitude of between 250-700M above sea level. These vineyards are an integral part of the enchanting and picturesque landscape.
In 2004 Will Stűrz, the winemaker at Tramin, was nominated “Italian winemaker of the Year” by the prestigious Gambero Rosso and makes some of the best white wines in Italy. Gewurztraminer Nussbaumer once again gained the coverted “3 Bicchieri” award in the 2009 edition of the Gambero Rosso. Tramin proudly holds the “Stella”, the star awarded to a winery for achieving the prestigious “3 Bicchieri” 10 times.
Grapes: Pinot Grigio from hillside vineyards around the villages of Montagna, Egna and Termeno (Tramin)
Harvest: By hand Yield: 80HL per hectare
Soil: Clay and calcareous Height of vineyards: 200m-400M above sea level
Winemaking: The grapes were softly pressed immediately upon arrival at the winery. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tank at 19C . No malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was left to rest in stainless steel vats until bottled.
Serve: Chilled as an aperitif or to accompany fish, shellfish and dishes with mushrooms
Taste: Rich, full, dry and long with a good mineral character and a hint of honey and nuts in the background.
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