Tedeschi Winery - Verona
Nicolò Tedeschi founded the company that bears his name in the Valpolicella area in 1824. He was a genuine personality of his time, renowned for his skill and moral stature. Throughout the years, his family has continued the traditional wine-making process, and today, the winery is owned by the fifth generation of Tedeschis: Antonietta, Sabrina and Riccardo. Each has various responsibilities, but it is Riccardo, the oenologist, who deals with production and acts as Tedeschi’s Export Director.
The Story of a Life, in a Vine.
The Tedeschi family’s vineyards all lie on hillside sites and some of them are among the historic vineyards of the Valpolicella Classico zone, such as the famous Monte Olmi, which was the first cru of the denomination. Another historic plot is the Fabriseria vineyard, which gives its name to an entire line of wines that includes our famous Amarone which is only produced in exceptional vintages. The purchase of the Maternigo Estate in the Valpolicella D.O.C. area has enabled the company to become totally self-sufficient as regards fruit supply. It is actually at Maternigo that we began work on zoning and establishing the characteristics of each of our vineyards: a fundamental research project that is one of the first of its kind in Valpolicella. A perfect knowledge of the soils and of the behaviour of the vines in each individual vineyard parcel has allowed us to optimize our vineyard husbandry and to put the finishing touches to the process of reducing environmental impact that we began several years ago and which – at Maternigo – has already been concluded with total conversion to organic farming.
Tedeschi is managed by Lorenzo Tedeschi’s children: Antonietta, who handles Italian sales and administration; Sabrina, a food scientist who taught and did research at the Istituto di San Michele all’Adige for many years; and Riccardo, an enologist, who, in addition to overseeing all of the estate’s winemaking, handles foreign sales.
From the past, constant passion, and from the present, continuous research. Indeed, the Tedeschi Family has succeeded in maintaining the values that have always distinguished it, but at the same time has kept pace with the present, introducing new technologies. A perfect blend of tradition and innovation that reflects the Tedeschi philosophy: authentic family flavors, and the qualitative standards of a cutting-edge company. Because of this, every Tedeschi wine displays authentic character and personality that remain true over time, thanks to the raw materials - the grapes.
J. Hofstätter • Alto Adige • Italy
Founded by Joseph Hofstätter a century ago, the estate comprises extensive vineyards with five historic manor houses located on either sides of the Adige Valley. The most important of these is Barthenau, home of the famous Vigna S. Urbano Pinot Nero- a result of Paolo Foradori’s recognition of the estate’s potential for world-class Pinot Noir.
Today, Joseph’s grand nephew, Martin Foradori-Hofstätter passionately maintains a delicate balance between tradition and innovation, producing wines of exceptional character and typicity.
Martin Foradori-Hofstätter introduces you to
J. Hofstätter • Alto Adige • Italy
J. Hofstätter Philosophy
“The word ‘terroir’ is often bandied about, as if it referred to an established factor, while in reality it is subject to the very same fluctuations that the far-sighted winegrower is confronted with in his daily work. He needs to recognize the elementary preconditions necessary for vines to yield superlative, distinctive, unmistakable wines, cultivating, fine-tuning and focusing his methods.” - Martin Foradori Hofstätter
Region: Alto Adige
Year Founded: 1907
Name Of Proprietor: Foradori-Hofstätter family
Name Of Winemaker: Martin Foradori-Hofstätter
Cultivated Area: 50 hectares
Topography: Steep slopes
Soil Type: Clay and sand
Annual Production: 750,000 bottles
Varieties Cultivated: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Gewürztraminer, Lagrein,
Pinot Nero, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah
“The excellence of each individual site is crucial in deciding whether to produce a single vineyard wine from the grapes grown there – a wine which best embodies the nature of the site”. Our wine range contains wines named after their sites and grape varieties. Traditional site names are limited to their original parcels of vineyard.
Extending vineyard areas to form large generic appellations - as has often occurred - conflicts with the philosophy of the unmistakable single vineyard wine. While many other wine producers have largely given up using established geographical site and estate names, we continue to consolidate this practice. Irrespective of transient market trends we intend to continue preserving with conviction that which has been tried and tested in the vineyards over decades.
The unique qualities of a vineyard can be tasted in the wine. The reason for this is easily discovered: in the vineyard. There one can abandon oneself to the wind and weather, scoop up a handful of earth, comprehend the climate and soil at first hand. In doing so it is easy to realise why vines in certain plots flourish noticeably better than in others, the specific attributes and consequently the distinctive character of an individual site become apparent. A profile of a wine-growing region in all its facets and unique characteristics is revealed only on close examination. Few regions world-wide boast such a vast diversity of excellent sites as Alto Adige, favoured as it is with Mediterranean sunshine and micro-climates ranging from the olive grove to the glacier. Sunlight is important. Being on the southern side of the Alps, most mountainsides in Alto Adige face south.
Knowledge about the excellence of a vineyard site is often based on experience going back centuries, even millenniums. Over time winegrowers have studied the peculiarities of the terrain and the climatic conditions in a vineyard. Their sensory perceptions enabled them to discover the character of the vineyard and to nurture the vines in order to express its unique qualities in the wine.
In old winegrowing regions even the tiniest sites have hardly changed for centuries. Winegrowers there have mastered the art of capturing the small differences in the geological make-up of the soil in the wine. In this way wines from two adjacent parcels of vineyard can differ considerably in quality. Of course the age of the vines and the individual touch of the grower play a role. Depending on cultivation methods, wines from the same grape variety and comparable sites can differ noticeably.