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Vines Pinot Nero ( %)

Color: Ruby red with garnet reflections.
Smell: The nose is extremely elegant and complex, with notes of undergrowth, black cherries and raspberries on a delicately spiced and vanilla background.
Taste: On the palate it is rich, velvety, full-bodied, tannins in perfect balance with freshness. It closes long on fruity aromas.
Food pairing: Perfect for important red meats, game, very complex cold cuts and aged or blue cheeses.

Soil: Conglomerate of clay, lime, porphyry and fine gravel.
Vinification: After a careful harvest, the grapes arrive in the cellar in small boxes to maintain the integrity of the grapes. 75% of the grapes are destemmed, another 25% remains intact for barrel fermentation. A day of cold maceration is enough to refine the bouquet. Fermentation follows for approx. 10 days with the skins in continuous contact with the must.
Maturation: Maturation in wood includes two distinct phases: the first for about 12 months in small French oak barrels and the second consisting of an assembly of the different barrels in a single large oak barrel for another 8 months. After bottling, the wine ages further in bottle for eight months in the cellars of the Barthenau estate.

Hofstätter

Josef Hofstätter, a professional blacksmith, ran a small restaurant with his wife Maria and produced wine in his cellar. He soon realized that the wine trade could be a profitable business. So it was that in 1907 he founded his own winery. When Josef Hofstätter died, without having children, he was given the task of running the business, assisted by his trusted collaborator Konrad Oberhofer. Later, Konrad Oberhofer married Luise, Maria Hofstätter's grandson, and took over the reins of the company. Oberhofer was one of the first winemakers to sell wine in bottles, rather than in bulk in barrels. It was always his intuition to vinify the grapes from each individual vineyard separately, indicating their geographical origin in the bottle. In 1959 Paolo Foradori, a member of a well-known family of winemakers, married Sieglinde, the only daughter of Luise and Konrad Oberhofer. Thanks to this marriage, J. Hofstätter extended its properties to some of the most suitable estates for the production of Pinot Noir: the Barthenau, Oberyngram and Unteryngram farms. Since then the company has owned and cultivated vineyards on both the east and west sides of the Adige Valley, which is unique in South Tyrol for a family-run winery. Martin Foradori Hofstätter, son of Sieglinde and Paolo Foradori, started running the company in the 1990s. He was given the task of taking her to a new era, modernizing and expanding the cellar premises and creating new services such as the wine shop, the Hofstätter Garten and Alte Post restaurants and the Gewürztraminer vineyard garden that welcomes enthusiasts and tourists in every season. In 2007 Martin Foradori Hofstätter bought the vineyard of the Rechtenthal Castle, a vineyard located in a spectacular position, not far from the Kolbenhof. From 2014 he starts new business initiatives: his passion for Riesling takes him along the Moselle, land of great Riesling of international fame, where he acquires the historic Dr. Fischer company with vineyards in the best expositions of the Saar. With the purchase of Maso Michei in Trentino in 2017, Martin Foradori Hofstätter added an extraordinary high mountain estate to its properties. Respecting the concept of "Cru", Martin Foradori Hofstätter continues, without compromise, to keep the spotlight on the theme of zoning in South Tyrol and on the classification "Vine". The Hofstätter estate was the first company in South Tyrol to introduce the term "Vigna", to enhance the individual production and historic farms, making each vineyard separately. Just as his father Paolo did before him, Martin Foradori Hofstätter also puts tradition and terroir at the center: regardless of the fashions and momentary market trends, he continues with determination, dedicating himself to the maximum expression of the vineyard. However, this requires enormous effort. The harvest of a vineyard from a well distinct particle is always limited and consequently also the wine that is produced. For the winemaker, this restriction can be further binding if influenced by adverse weather events or other unforeseen events, but represents further proof of attention to quality and an attraction for wine connoisseurs. The climatic situations that change from year to year then reflect in the wine and present its unmistakable character. Those looking for the Hofstätter estate through the narrow streets of Tramin-Termeno, find themselves in the large and lively Town Hall square, with its bars and church. Here, more than 100 years ago, the founder of the company started making wine. Today the winery is expertly managed by the fourth generation of the Foradori Hofstätter family. Martin Foradori Hofstätter, who runs the reins of the company, has behind him over a century of experience in the care of demanding Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer vines, which represent the spearhead of the production, but also of varieties such as Lagrein, Pinot Blanc and Slave. The size and extent of the vineyards are still allowing manual viticulture, while accompanied by cutting-edge technology. The cellar is also modern, allowing a delicate vinification and perfect maturation of the wines, thanks to an ideal temperature. The winery has its headquarters in an imposing building of the sixteenth century which was built for the imperial-royal post station and which then housed the inn "Schwarzer Adler" (Black Eagle) of Maria Hofstätter, great-aunt of Martin Foradori Hofstätter. In the cellar, her husband Josef produced his first wines. The success and separate vinification of the individual vineyards soon required new spaces. However, the distance that separated the company from the mountain above Tramin-Termeno, Mount Roen and the Gothic church was limited. Martin Foradori Hofstätter solved the problem by making the cellar "grow" in height, hosting a part of it in the "wine tower", a modern construction covered on the outside in wood, erected in 1997 right next to the late Gothic bell tower, the symbol of Tramin- Tramin, clearly visible from afar. From a risky idea a happy architectural union was born. An absolute novelty for South Tyrol are also the new concrete barrels installed in 2013: with their conical shape, the grape must ferments delicately and consumes little energy, that necessary for temperature control. In addition, the barrels are surprisingly elegant and today are one of the attraction elements of the cellar.

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