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From Italy’s northern-most growing region, the obscure Kerner grape exhibits beautifully aromatics, tropical and white stone fruit flavors, and classic Alto Adige minerality. Perfect with grilled fish or as an aperitif.
A family run estate since 1142, today Pacherhof is run by the Huber family. Cellar master Andreas Huber cultivates a plethora of excellent white grape varieties on 8 hectares of vineyard. Pacherhof is located in the Eisack valley, Italy’s most northern wine-growing area, in which only 250 hectares of vines are planted. Today mainly white wine is produced in the Eisack valley, however, until about 1950, 80% of wines produced were red. The Eisack valley’s vineyards are favorably located on the steep slopes of the southern exposures of the valley. The white wines of the Eisack valley face challenging but beneficial pre-conditions that inform their character. Cool nights, warm to hot days, and good ventilation contribute to the fruity, subtle aromas of the white wines, and give them their fresh, focused, and robust style.
The Alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige is comprised of two separate areas. Trento refers to the southern part and Alto Adige identifies the northern territory which includes the higher (alto) part of the Adige River.
The river carves a major north-south valley leading in the north to the Brenner Pass, a major passing point over the Alpine landscape. Picturesque and full of steep, sloping hills, each one planted to the full with vineyards. While a host of indigenous varietals are still crafted into delicious wine, many international varieties are gaining valuable real estate with fantastic results in the vineyards of the region.
Populated since the Bronze Age, Trentino-Alto Adige became part of the Roman Empire in the 1st century B.C. Roman colonization, of course, brought about the construction of roads, cities, aqueducts and canals, and Roman law called for distribution of land to locals for cultivation.
After the fall of the empire, the area underwent the same fate as much of Italy. Subsequent waves of invaders occupied the region causing a centuries long period of economic and societal stagnation. In the Middle Ages the current ethno-cultural mix composed of mostly Italian and Germanic people was formed. In fact, the region enjoys a special autonomous status and its inhabitants are bi-lingual.
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