The results obtained during the years of use of biodynamic preparations and the balance achieved in the vineyards have greatly enhanced the character of the individual vineyards, so much as to "require" a separate vinification of two vineyards. It is through the use of amphorae (tinajas from Villarobledo, Spain), their shape and the porosity of the clay, that all the phases of the transformation from grape to wine are carried out with purity and balance. This transition is not subject to any interference and thus brings to us only the character of the land and the variety. 'Morei " means dark in the dialect of Trentino and the grapes from this vineyard mirror this meaning. Their roots plunge deep in the stones and sand of the soil carried by the river Noce giving rise to wines with a dense and mineral texture. Thus, Teroldego Morei takes shape and is reborn amplified and transformed. - Importer Note
Elisabetta Foradori was just a child when her father tragically and unexpectedly passed away. His estate that he had been lovingly tending and producing wine from, was held with a caretaker winemaker. But in just eight short years, Elisabetta had finished her Oenology degree and taken the reins as head winemaker. She was 20.
Situated in the Dolomites, in Italy’s far north, Elisabetta has grown to become one of the most respected producers in Italy and around the world. From those early days, she instinctively started working with organic principles – no chemical sprays, and all vineyard work carried out by hand –before she discovered the work of Rudolf Steiner and converted to fully certified Biodynamic practices by 2009.
One of the most important decisions Elisabetta made when she took over, was not to rip out the native Teroldego grape that was already planted, and replace it with a more commercially accepted variety. Many of her neighbours were already doing this when she took the helm, and told her she was crazy to keep growing a grape that no one had ever heard of. She stuck to her guns, and in fact, has almost single-handedly saved Teroldego from extinction.
While the main focus is on Teroldego, with cuvees such as Sgarzon, Morei and Granato, Elisabetta also produces several white wines too, using indigenous grapes such as Manzoni Bianco, Nosiola and her skin contact Pinot Grigio, Fuoripista.
Today her wines are very highly regarded, both for their delicious flavour, but also for the sustainable nature in which she produces them. They are natural wines, vinified through a combination of whole bunch carbonic maceration and fermentation in large ceramic vessels, called Tinajas, as well as large-format old oak, and cement tanks. All of the focus, though, is on the purity of fruit, and the expression of grape and site.
The winemaking philosophy is best summed up by Elisabetta herself:
"We do not intervene in the winery; nothing is added, but we guide the wine while paying attention to its needs. Thus, the wine keeps an expressive spontaneity and bears the personality of its intense and live raw material. In this way, we seem to bring into the wineglass the fragrance of the flowers from the mountain pastures, the minerality of the surrounding cliffs, the transparency of the mountain skies, the character of the people that live in these alpine valleys."
Elisabetta is still very much a daily presence and "the face" of the winery, though the main winemaking tasks are now undertaken by her children, Emilio, Theo and Myrtha. Under Elisabetta's guidance, the transition to a younger generation has been seamless, and indeed vital for the gradual evolution of the winery's style.
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