Vinous Media 91
"Vivid golden-tinged straw color. The simple nose offers apple and pear aromas. Then very savory and thick in the mouth, in fact almost oily, with much more intense pear and yellow apple flavors complicated by herbs and balsamic oils on the long finish. A way above average entry-level Pinot Grigio. Well done. -- Ian D'Agata"
100% Pinot Grigio. The wine is made from a number of small vineyards (for a total of 17 hectares) standing in the Bassa Atesina area. Soft pressing, static decanting, fermentation in steel vats with temperature control. Maturation in steel for 7 months.
The Consorzio Viticoltori Alto Adige was established in 1984 and includes six Alto Adige producers. Vinification up to finished wine for bottling takes place in the various estates’ cellars in order not to alter the single local specialties, while bottling of all wines is carried out at the Appiano headquarters.
Vineyard Management: In South Tyrol cover crops (grass cover) are left on the rows between the vines in 98% of the vineyards. This protects the soil from erosion, increases the humus content and creates ideal habitat for “useful” insects. With targeted, mainly organic fertilizing, deficiencies or imbalances in the soil are evened out and the vines are fertilized. Integrated insect and disease control (lotta integrata) is followed. The Alto Adige region supports the growers with consultants and technical staff for the monitoring of insects and of diseases. The region tries to prevent the use of harmful products as the vineyards are mostly near villages and towns. With pesticides, the “threshold of damage” principle is observed and only with proven need can pesticides be used. Organic pesticides are preferred over chemicals to the greatest extent possible. Spraying takes place much less frequently, but in a more targeted and efficient manner. Low doses of SO2 in the wines help preserve them for sale.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic
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The brand of Saint Peter has been supplied to Marc de Grazia Selections for over 25 years by the cooperatives Viticoltori Alto Adige. As of 2017 this cooperative is disbanding. San Pietro is a registered brand of Marc de Grazia Selections I know that we have contracted with the main members of the former cooperatives, to supply the following wines: Chardonnay, Lagrein, Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder), Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Schiava and Kerner.
The vineyards stand at an altitude between 220 and 900 meters above sea level in the best areas of Oltradige and Bassa Atesina.
The microclimate, the composition of the soils and the ripening of the grapes is very different.
Viticulture is integrated / sustainable and the cellars are modern and built following environment friendly guidelines.
The wine is the most important combining tradition and modern technology in order to obtain the best expression of each grape variety.