ITALY, TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE
At Azienda Agricola Foradori, a fourth generation of vignerons are working to grow plants that maintain their natural expressivity. Located in Mezzolombardo (Trento) in the heart of Campo Rotaliano surrounded by the Dolomites, the estate was built in 1901 and has been carried on by the Foradori family from 1939. Since then we have been working to valorize the ancient local variety Teroldego, and from 2002 we have implanted biodynamic agriculture.
It was Elisabetta Foradori and Rainer Zierock’s work that led to the conservation and regeneration of the Teroldego grape genetics through the cultivation of the grape’s original genotypes. Today their children Emilio, Theo and Myrtha Zierock continue in their footsteps in running the estate.
Aside from wine our focus is also in cultivating vegetables and breeding Tyrolean Grey cattle for cheese production.
“As guardians of the land we believe our work is measured with time, with nature’s rhythms, with the anticipation for the plants to grow, to age, to give fruit, for the wine’s slow evolution in the silence and darkness of the winery”.
Fontanasanta Manzoni bianco 2022
Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco Vigneti delle Dolomiti is a still white wine with IGT certification. The grapes are 100% Manzoni bianco. The production area is Fontanasanta, Trento. The soil is calcareous clay. The fermentation is on the skins in cement tanks, followed by 7 months of aging in acacia casks.
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 20000 bottles.
The hill overlooking Trento, with its clayey-limestone soils, welcomes the Manzoni Bianco and matures the grapes in late September. The character of the Fontanasanta vineyards
is expressed through this hybrid, born of a mix of Riesling with Pinot Bianco.
Its ability to evolve overtime requires patience; Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco is a wine that really comes into its own at least three years after harvest.
Fuoripista Pinot grigio 2022
Fuoripista Pinot grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti is a still rosè wine with IGT certification. The grapes are 100% Pinot grigio. The production area is Camporotaliano, Mezzolombardo. The soil is alluvial and gravel. The fermentation and fining takes 8 months on the skins in tinajas (amphorae) in acacia casks
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 10000 bottles
Fuoripista is a different kind of wine that takes an alternative route and has a different approa- ch towards nature. This wine is the result of a collaboration between Foradori and Marco Devigili, biodynamic winemaker from Campo Rotaliano, and aims to express the true essence of this variety, widespread in the Trentino region.
The wine spends more than 8 months on the skins inside Tinajas (amphorae) allowing the delicate character of Pinot Grigio to reveal.
Morei 2022 Teroldego
Morei Teroldego Vigneti delle Dolomiti is a still red wine with IGT certification. The grapes are 100% Teroldego. The production area is Vigneto Morei, Campo Rotaliano, Mezzolombardo. The soil is alluvial with many pebbles. The fermentation and fining are made in amphorae, on skin for 8 months.
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 10000 bottles.
The results obtained through years of biodynamic farming and observing stability in the vineyard emphasized the character of each plot of land and made us realize that we would need to undertake a separate vinification across two vineyards. Through the use of amphorae (Tinajas from Villarrobledo, Spain), with their particular shape and the porosity of the clay that they are made of, the winemaking process is undertaken with purity and balance. The process of turning grapes into wine is not effected by outside influen- ces; the amphora acts as a shield, allowing the grapes to progress with only the character of the earth and grape variety as their guidance. Morei means ‘moro’ or ‘dark’ in the Trentino dialect and the grapes cultivated in this vineyard are a firm echo of this. Their roots rest among the pebbles and the sand in the earth carried by the Noce River, cultivating wines with a texture of minerality and density. Morei Teroldego resumes form and is reborn amplified and transformed.
Foradori 2022 Teroldego
Foradori Teroldego Vigneti delle Dolomiti is a still red wine with IGT certification. The harvest is totally manual. The grapes are 100% Teroldego. The production area is Mezzolombardo Campazzi, Settepergole and other sites. The soil is alluvial, gravel and sand. The fermentation and fining are made in cement tanks, 12 months in barrel and cement.
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 50000 bottles
The Campo Rotaliano is a well-demarcated geographical area, a sort of indentation of the Valle dell’Adige, wedged between the mountains. Its history and formation are linked to the Noce River, which for centuries has carried limesto- ne, granite and porphyritic debris. Within this small plain, depending on the basic soil content, it is possible to differentiate micro zones that have been given different names by the winemakers. It is through gathering together the grapes of some of these micro zones, characterized by predominantly sandy soils and with different quality requirements that the “Foradori” is born.