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Taking stock of the past ten years I can confidently assert that the exceptional character of our local vineyards and grape varieties is reflected in our wines more than ever. South Tyrol’s best-known vines are cultivated in the Hofstätter wine estate. We even enjoy the unique privilege of owning vineyards in the finest sites on both sides of the Adige River in southern South Tyrol. However, it is precisely the work in the vineyards which I find the most challenging: decades of monoculture have exhausted the soils, sapped them of their vigour, the vigour which the grapevine needs to stay healthy and unfold its vitality to the full. And today the vine needs vital force more than ever before to withstand the increasingly extreme weather conditions. The word ‘terroir’ is often bandied about, as if it referred to an established factor, while in reality it is subject to the very same fluctuations that the far-sighted winegrower is confronted with in his daily work. He needs to recognise the elementary preconditions necessary for vines to yield superlative, distinctive, unmistakable wines, cultivating, fine-tuning and focusing his methods. This is the only way to enhance the quality of grapes in a vineyard which has always produced excellent fruit. I am striving to attain this without advance knowledge of the extent to which the world-wide ecological challenges are to be surmounted in a small organism such as a vineyard. I am confident that a workable solution will be found! – Description from Giorgio
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J. Hofstätter • Alto Adige • Italy
Founded by Joseph Hofstätter a century ago, the estate comprises extensive vineyards with five historic manor houses located on either side of the Adige Valley. The most important of these is Barthenau, home of the famous Vigna S. Urbano Pinot Nero- a result of Paolo
Foradori’s recognition of the estate’s potential for world-class Pinot Noir. Today, Joseph’s grand nephew, Martin Foradori-Hofstätter, passionately maintains a delicate balance between tradition and innovation, producing wines of exceptional character and typicity.
J. Hofstätter Philosophy
“The word ‘terroir’ is often bandied about, as if it referred to an established factor, while in reality it is subject to the very same fluctuations that the far-sighted winegrower is confronted with in his daily work. He needs to recognize the elementary preconditions necessary for vines to yield superlative, distinctive, unmistakable wines, cultivating, fine-tuning and focusing his methods.” - Martin Foradori Hofstätter
Region: Alto Adige |
Year Founded: 1907
Name Of Proprietor: Foradori-Hofstätter family
Name Of Winemaker: Martin Foradori-Hofstätter
Cultivated Area: 50 hectares
Topography: Steep slopes
Soil Type: Clay and sand
Annual Production: 750,000 bottles
Varieties Cultivated: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Gewürztraminer, Lagrein, Pinot Nero, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah
“The excellence of each individual site is crucial in deciding whether to produce a single vineyard wine from the grapes grown there – a wine which best embodies the nature of the site”. Our wine range contains wines named after their sites and grape varieties. Traditional site names are limited to their original parcels of
Extending vineyard areas to form large generic appellations - as has often occurred - conflicts with the philosophy of the unmistakable single vineyard wine. While many other wine producers have largely given up using established geographical site and estate names, we continue to consolidate this practice. Irrespective of transient market trends we intend to continue preserving with conviction that which has been tried and tested in the vineyards over decades.
The unique qualities of a vineyard can be tasted in the wine. The reason for this is easily discovered: in the vineyard. There one can abandon oneself to the wind and weather, scoop up a handful of earth, comprehend the climate and soil at first hand. In doing so it is easy to realise why vines in certain plots flourish noticeably better than in others, the specific attributes and consequently the distinctive character of an individual site become apparent. A profile of a wine-growing region in all its facets and unique characteristics is revealed only on close examination. Few regions world-wide boast such a vast diversity of excellent sites as Alto Adige, favoured as it is with Mediterranean sunshine and micro-climates ranging from the olive grove to the glacier. Sunlight is important. Being on the southern side of the Alps, most mountainsides in Alto Adige face south.
Knowledge about the excellence of a vineyard site is often based on experience going back centuries, even millenniums. Over time winegrowers have studied the peculiarities of the terrain and the climatic conditions in a vineyard. Their sensory perceptions enabled them to discover the character of the vineyard and to nurture the vines in order to express its unique qualities in the wine.
In old winegrowing regions even the tiniest sites have hardly changed for centuries. Winegrowers there have mastered the art of capturing the small differences in the geological make-up of the soil in the wine. In this way wines from two adjacent parcels of vineyard can differ considerably in quality. Of course the age of the vines and the individual touch of the grower play a role. Depending on cultivation methods, wines from the same grape variety and comparable sites can differ noticeably.
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