In the north of Italy, the alpine vineyards of Trentino - also known as the Italian Tyrol - are rich in numerous grape varieties, particularly indigenous ones, such as teroldego, a red grape variety specific to the territory of Campo Rotaliano, an alluvial plain that is particularly favourable to wine growing, where the Foradori estate has built up a reputation that extends far beyond the Italian borders.
The Foradori family estate is located in Mezzolombardo, at the foot of the Dolomites, in the heart of the Campo Rotaliano, an alluvial plain in the valley between the Adige river and its tributary the Noce, with sandy and gravelly soils. It has been managed since 1984 by Elisabetta Foradori, who has made it the pioneer vineyard of the revival of the local teroldego, with the help of Rainer Zierock, professor, oenologist and wine philosopher. Long work of grape variety and terroir selection, evolution towards biodynamics in the 2000s, natural vinification, especially in terracotta amphorae (Spanish tinajas), these are the main characteristics of Elisabetta Foradori's career, today assisted by her three children. In addition to teroldego vines, the 26 hectares of the estate include plots of pinot grigio and, since 2002, vines of local white varieties (manzoni bianco and nosiola) on the clay-limestone soil of Fontanasanta, east of Trento. Elisabetta Foradori's deep respect for nature and biodiversity, and her high standards in vineyard management and winemaking have made her one of the most important figures in Italian winegrowing.
Made from a Pinot Gris vineyard - a very common grape variety in Trentino - on gravelly soil, this is a white wine made by maceration "off the beaten track" which is radically different from the common production.