The first Elena Walch Trentodoc is on its way
2017 has a sparkling taste for the Alto Adige winery Elena Walch in Termeno, better known for its still wines, especially Gewürtztraminer. The horizons are broadening in Trentino, particularly in Trentodoc, where the winery bought land in Civezzano, above Pergine, about thirty kilometres south of Bolzano, at the end of 2016. Ten hectares of vineyards, at an altitude of 600 metres and with a promising southern and southeastern exposure, which ensures a good day-night temperature swing – favourable for acidity and concentration of aromas.
“We strongly believe in the potential of Trentodoc”, says Karoline Walch, fifth generation of the family. “If Alto Adige is famous for high-quality still wines, Trentino has a unique reputation for sparkling winemaking and a marked international talent.
Where the first Elena Walch Trentodoc will be made
Ready to take on the challenge in the medium-long term, the three women in the Walch house, Elena and her daughters Karoline and Julia, will be busy with their staff in the next few months preparing the land that will house the new Chardonnay and Pinot Noir rootlings. In fact, only one hectare of the land bought has been recovered, planted with Chardonnay vines that are over fifty years old and which will be immediately valorised. “Our project looks to the future,” continues Karoline. “The first vintage won’t be possible for seven years, then we will produce the first Trentodoc Elena Walch”.
Other projects under way
However, Elena Walch is used to challenges. And also investments, to increase quality and enrich their range of wines. Of the winery’s 60 hectares, two vineyards stand out, Castel Ringberg in Caldaro and Kastelaz in Termeno. After renting 5 hectares at an altitude of 900 metres for 23 years in the municipality of Aldino (Bolzano), they replanted Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and a small amount of Pinot Gris at the start of last year. In 2015 they also created an innovative underground fermentation cellar alongside the historic cellar, which enables them to process the grapes in a very versatile way, selecting the berries with different methods, whole ones or slightly crushed, to allow the best aromatic extraction. Especially for their classic red wines, such as Cabernet, Lagrein and Merlot.