In 1960, 28 winegrowers from Colterenzio in Appiano founded their own cooperative in order to gain their independence from the wine merchants of the time. These rebels named the newly-founded cooperative after their homeland, the small hamlet of Schreckbichl, (Colterenzio in Italian). In their constant pursuit of top quality, the Colterenzio winemakers were also pioneers. The initial founder was Luis Raifer, who took over the management of the young cooperative in 1979. When he returned to South Tyrol from a study trip in California, he had big plans in mind. It was in the 1980s, South Tyrol was primarily a red-wine region, and the quality was run-of-the-mill. Raifer, a winegrower himself, recognised the potential of South Tyrol as an outstanding winegrowing region: The terroir was cheap, sufficient vineyard area was available and the winegrowers were hard-working and skilled. His first step in his vineyard, “Lafóa”, a sunny mountain slope behind the Colterenzio cellar, was to replace the Vernatsch vines with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and, later, Sauvignon Blanc. He also brought in new quality standards: Lower yield for higher-quality grapes and higher-quality wines. It was on this pilot vineyard slope that, with both Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon, the new quality standard measures were introduced.
The vineyards are located at altitudes between 350 and 400 metres, sites especially suitable for Pinot Grigio. Soils are gravely and sandy with a high calcium carbonate content. The microclimate is cool with strong contrasts between day and night time temperatures.
As little as possible and as much as is absolutely necessary is the motto of the professional winery team. Experience and intuition go hand in hand with the most up-to-date technology. Fermentation tanks lined with a refrigeration liquid jacket, and high capacity refrigeration units are used for temperature controlled fermentation in order to preserve varietal character in white wines. There is still controversy surrounding methods of "raising" the young wine and the team at Schreckbichl/Colterenzio are constantly in touch with colleagues in other wine-growing areas from France to California to New Zealand.
A lightly floral bouquet. Lime and herb notes underlay the melon and pineapple fruit, and the mouthfeel is supple, almost rich-unusual for this varietal. Balanced acidity on the palate leading to a concentrated finish.
Perfect as an aperitif on a warm day or best suited to light dishes such as salads and light fish dishes. A few accompaniments would be: green salad with asparagus, oranges and red onion.
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Name Colterenzio Pinot Grigio Country Italy Region Alto Adige ABV% 13.5% Vintage 2017 Grape Variety 100% Pinot Grigio Size 750ml Dietary Information No