Alto Adige, Italy
Colterenzio means ‘terrible hill’ in Italian (its German name Schreckbichl means exactly the same). It’s a pretty appropriate name given the dramatic scenery of the Dolomite mountains. This is the Alto Adige if you speak Italian, or the Sudtirol in German. You’re as likely to hear German spoken as Italian, as the border has changed a bit over the years. Viticulture in the area goes back at least to Roman times. In 1960, some 28 winegrowers from the area joined forces and founded the Colterenzio winegrowers’ co-operative. Today it’s been recognized as one of the best wineries in Italy, as evidenced by its numerous awards.
They specialize in single-varietal wines. The combination of high altitude and climate makes for brilliant and intense white wines. They’re proud of their efforts in the vineyard, too, using only organic fertilizers and biological pest control. Coupled with modern technology such as temperature-controlled fermentation, preserving the natural fruit flavors and youthful feel, these practices make for bright, very precisely shaped wines, with a refreshing acidity that makes them wonderful food companions.
Colterenzio Lagrein Alto Adige