Elisabetta Dalzocchio

Located in the town of Rovereto, Trentino, in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains, Elisabetta’s tiny estate, with only five hectare under vine, is devoted entirely to the production of Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir). Pinot Nero and Chardonnay were first planted by her father in 1979. The Chardonnay has since been removed and today a mere 760 cases of Pinot Nero are produced each year. Elisabetta’s first vintage was 1995 and viticulture has been biodynamic since 1999 and certified organic since 2001.

The grapes are carefully selected in the vineyards, and harvested in 10 kilo crates. They are destemmed, not crushed, then transferred to oak vats. Vinification is in open oak vats, with spontaneous fermentation, respecting tradition. The grape bunches are partly de-stemmed and the only other operation is punching the cap. Maceration lasts 18-20 days. After fermentation the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, in their cellars dating from the end of the eighteenth century. The wine is released after an additional year in bottle.