Erste + Neue, a co-operative winery in the Alps of Alto Adige, has been a large part of the Kaltern wine trade for over 100 years. The 1986 merger of the Erste (“first”) wine co-operative (founded in 1900) with the Neue (“new”) wine co-operative (founded in 1925) formed a South Tyrolean winery rich with tradition. 430 dedicated grape growers bring their harvests to the winery each year. The terraced vineyards of the co-operative’s members are picturesquely situated around Lake Kaltern and on the plateau at the foot of the Mendel mountains.
2011 MullerThurgau $13
The cool nights of the alps are perfect for growing this dry white grape. The Muller has a soft bouquet of nuts and muscat with fresh dry pleasant fruitiness. It is great with oysters and other fish.
2011 Chardonnay “Salt” $17
This single vineyard Chardonnay has subdued fragrances of exotic fruits a balanced acidity with a touch of brininess and a long lingering aftertaste.
2011 Edelvernatch $11
Edelvernatsch (Schiava Gentile) is the indigenous grape found in the Kaltern, It makes a lighter bodied red with a fruity bouquet and light almond tones. Its lighter body makes it a very versatile food match.
2011 Kaltereresee “Leuchtenburg” $13
This is a single vineyard wine made from Venatsch (Schiava) the smaller berried cousin to the Edelvenatch. It is a medium bodied red that expresses the grapes unique character. Lots of cherry notes, full fruit and mild tannins.
2009 Pinot Nero “Mezzan” $20
A single vineyard Pinot Noir, Mazzon is the name of the south-facing moraine located between Mitterberg and Kaltern. This winegrowing area enjoys the most hours of sunshine per day and thus produces the best Pinot Nero for the “Mezzan” wine. They also benefit from the “Ora” from Lake Garda, a breeze that blows from the south up the valley from noon until sunset. The wine has spicy aromas of black cherry, sour cherry cake and a touch of vanilla.