Eisacktaler Kellerei (German), or Cantina Isarco (Italian) is different from all other wineries in our portfolio on two aspects: it is officially and culturally bilingual, and it is a cooperative. Both characteristics are related to its being in Alto Adige, a wine region within Trentino-Alto Adige region, which used to be part of Austria before the World War I. Alto Adige is the northern-most wine region in Italy and well known for the dominance and high quality of Cooperative wineries.
Eisacktaler’s wines, reflective of its region, have the distinctive crispness and freshness borne of Alpine climate and the volcanic soil in the area. They are so beautifully different from the rest of the wines in our portfolio that it feels a shame to have left out this piece of the mosaic of Italian wines.
We came across Eisacktaler in one of our winery trips in 2016. The sleek and aromatic white wines are so memorable that the following year we went back to the cellar to explore. We have not yet visited the 130 vineyards from its growers, and it would be quite a hiking trip as the vineyards in Alto Adige are known for being steep.