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Foradori Mixed Case

Foradori Mixed Case

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£349.99


This case contains the following wines:

Two bottles of Foradori Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco 2017

Two bottles of Foradori Fuoripista Pinot Grigio 2016

Two bottles of
Foradori Fontanasanta Nosiola 2017

Two bottles of Foradori Teroldego Rotaliano 2015

Two bottles of Foradori Morei Teroldego 2017

Two bottles of Foradori Sgarzon Teroldego 2016.



Put simply, Elisabetta Foradori is the foremost exponent of Italy's ancient Teroldego grape and is largely the reason why we can still enjoy its fruits today. Her estate is nestled in the Dolomites' Campo Rotaliano (above), Teroldego's historic ‘grand cru’, a sandy-gravelly plain borne of the alluvial deposits of the Noce Stream and Adige River. This terroir benefits from the mountains to the north blocking the cold winter winds while the cool summer breezes flow up the valley from the lakes further south. The distinctive air flows here also create large diurnal temperature changes which aids the grapes' complexity. 

However, the path to here hasn't been easy. In 1939, Elisabetta's grandfather bought a near bankrupt estate and it has been in the hands of the Foradori family ever since. The first vintage was the 1960 but, tragically, in 1976, her father died prematurely and, as a result, her mother entrusted the running of the estate to Carlo - a local winemaker. In 1984, Elisabetta decided to take over the family estate immediately after finishing her viticultural and oenological studies.

At this time, cooperatives ruled the roost and the fashion was to plant international varieties such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. However, Elisabetta was persuaded by her then future husband, Professor Rainer Zierock, to keep to local varieties such as Teroldego, Nosiola and Manzoni Bianco. Furthermore, the local wine culture had become largely industrial with quantity ruling over quality.

Elisabetta thus began her lifetime quest to improve the quality of the Teroldego stock. When she took over, she began to replant her vineyards using mass selection. This involves choosing the best vines from the vineyard, taking cuttings from them and then propagating new vines from those cuttings. In 2000, this quest was supported by creating another generation from the seeds harvested from the fruit of her oldest vines.

Then, in 2002, on the advice of a close friend, Alsace's renowned Marc Kreydenweiss, she commenced the conversion to biodynamics. The first few years were extremely difficult but the vineyards are now in rude health and the winemaking  is considerably easier –  just bring in the great fruit and let the grapes make the wine on their own!

Then, through another of her friends, Sicily's Giusto Occhipinti, she discovered Tinajas (Spanish amphorae). She began replacing all of her barrels with amphorae and today she has more than 150 in her cellar. Clay, the amphora's raw material, gives a completely different result to that of wood or of concrete. This is because clay is a more porous material and, therefore, it allows more oxygen in.

In 2007, a vineyard just above Trento became available and Fontanasanta was born. Here, the Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc were uprooted in order to replant the 'more suitable' Nosiola, Manzani Bianco and Teroldego.

Today, Elisabetta's eldest son Emilio is currently in charge of the cellar and also takes care of the vineyard in collaboration with Alessandro, the vineyard manager.

Thus, to reach this point has been a path of constant questioning, experimentation and intuition involving biodynamics, mass selection and amphorae. All of this has supported the estate towards its goal of making wines respectful of the terroir and its local grapes.