Elena Walch and her daughters never stop.
After the enlargement of the winery with significant expansion and further renewal of the production process, they are investing in the prestigious and close Trento DOC area for the production of a high-class Metodo Classico Spumante (typical production in this appellation – Trentodoc – right focused on high-quality Classic Method sparkling wines).
The numerous awards Elena Walch gets in Italy and abroad as well as the rising demand for the hospitality they satisfy with different facilities and services, had always acted as a stimulus for a winery of such importance and visibility for this area in northern Italy at the borders with Austria. Not least, as mentioned at the beginning, the investment in a complex expansion that led to a cellar built on 3 underground levels to optimize winemaking and so maximize the respect for the characteristics of each grape variety. Yet, they have invested on the rarer whole-bunches fermentation (which differs from the whole-cluster fermentation).
They have 4 lines: “Selection” (wines aged in large Slavonian barrels); “Favorites” (assemblages of the owned vineyards); the “Single Vineyard” (single vineyard wines aged in medium toasted barrique); “Grande cuvée” (blend of selected grapes).
It is impossible to list all the numerous wines they produced; here are some of the ones I preferred on the occasion of my last visit.
- “Cardellino” Chardonnay 2018 (“Favorites”), international style: exuberant with tropical hints, traces of pink grapefruit, buttery notes and minerality. The good body is also accompanied by a silky texture, balanced acidity with a nice savouriness
- Vigna Kastelaz Gewurztraminer 2017 (“Single Vineyard”), very recognizable with very elegant notes of chamomile, pink rose, litchi and dried herbs. Fresh and balanced, with a certain body and great minerality
- Lagrein 2017 (“Selezione”, whole bunches fermentation), dense wine with a deep nose made of aromas of wild blackberry, chocolate, paprika, nutmeg and plum. Quite round, balanced, very representative, captivating wine
- Vigna Kastelaz Merlot Riserva 2015 (“Single Vineyard”): a beautiful articulation on the nose, with scents of ripe cherry, tobacco, liquorice, violet, charred wood and with balsamic hints. Consistent and harmonious on the palate where the toasted and woody notes of the barrique return but turns out to be of excellent quality. Warm and smooth.