In a nutshell: A delightful and fragrant northern Italian white from the foothills of the Dolomites.
The lowdown: Known as the Südtirol this part of northern Italy has a lot in common culturally with its German speaking neighbours and the grape variety used here - Kerner - is mainly seen in Germany and it's only in this part of Italy where it's really found elsewhere. A single vineyard wine it's a beautiful pale gold in colour while the nose is aromatic and full of aromas of blossom and peaches. With a crisp palate, it's clean and elegant with lots of ripe stone fruit flavours alongside rosewater, pears and bruised apple. Medium bodied with a soft, creamy texture and a refreshing acidity, this wine finishes elegant and long.
When to drink: A wine that effortlessly captures the essence of the Südtirol, it's great on its own, served with canapes, or with with grilled fish.
Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro is a co-operative with approximately 440 members with a vineyard area of over 300 hectares. Due to steep slopes and varying sizes of individual vineyard plots, the vineyards are almost entirely worked by hand. Vineyards around Lake Kaltern are very small in size and most of the winemakers in the region have less than one hectare of land, for a small winemaker it is virtually impossible to make and market their own wine so the co-operative of Kaltern was set up back in 1906 with the goal of producing high quality wines which it has been doing ever since.
In 2018, Kellerei Kaltern became the first Italian wine producer to be awarded Fair`n Green`s certificate for sustainable viticulture. Fair`n Green covers both environmental and social sustainability issues. The cellarmaster here is Andrea Moser who has been in this role since 2014 and he is responsible for their wide range of cuvées, reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines which strongly feature the indigenous grape varieties of this mountainous part of northern Italy - the Südtirol.