Simply put, Cavit is, has been, and will remain a very important player in the wine scene in Trentino, whose very fine higher-end wines helped pave the way for some smaller producers' wares and continue to help define the style and possibilities of Trentino wine. If you have any doubt about the role Cavit has played here, just take a walk through its bottle museum and consider some of the relics, like the 1969 4 Vicariati Reserva -- certainly, along with Mori Vecio, one of the top wines of its day. Interestingly, they were both Bordeaux blends, varieties that have a long history in the region, but I digress.
We all know Cavit. It makes Pinot Grigio, right? Yes, but that’s not the whole story, and the whole story is more interesting than you think -- which can also be said about the wines, once you find them, and give them a chance.
It may come as a surprise to many, but Cavit continues to age much of their premium wine production in big botte, and there's even Slovenian oak!
Most of the winery is in fact very modern and clean. Long rows of state-of-the-art fermentation vessels ensure that the Cavit wines are made in the clean, fresh style the winery strives for.
Cavit has long been at the forefront of Trentino's fine wine production. 4 Vicariati has been its flagship wine for decades, and it maintains a well deserved reputation to this day. Even as more regions fall to a modern, international style, Cavit continues to remain true to its region and its roots.
Unusually for this time period, the founding members that did band together in 1950 opted to pursue a strategy of quality in addition to quantity. It may sound silly today, but implementing modern viticultural techniques in clean, modern facilities was not at the fore of many minds of the period, let alone an economic possibility. While progress in the early years was slow, the members did create a vision that the company has since followed.
Simply put, that vision was to fix what needed to be fixed in the vines of Trentino through the exploration of vine training methods, terroir, and how best to use the various grape varieties and clones then available in the region. That may sound like a fairly simply mandate, but Trentino is one of the most complex regions in Italy, with perhaps the most diverse selection of grape varieties planted anywhere in Italy. That may just sound like boastful pride, but consider that even today Cavit produces wine from some more than two dozen varieties in still sparkling and sweet formats. It was, in fact, a big deal.
In an effort to make the most of the work that they had done, the members of Cavit built a cellar in order to create a climate of control for their wines. Completed in 1957, it further revolutionized winemaking in the region. It would be thought of as quaint and antiquated today, but in its day it was state-of-the-art, and some of the tools used then, like the big botte Cavit still uses for its wines, would bring a smile to even the most jaded wine geek.
In 1965, Cavit paced another milestone, vinifying the first vintage in its present-day headquarters located just across the river from the provincial capital of Trento. Though in those days Trento’s limits were not quite as close as they are today. In fact, the face of the region has undergone a fairly radical transformation in the intervening years.