Day 4

Location, location, location.

The fertile, low plains of Italy produce high yields of Pinot Grigio. This is great for brands that want to focus on volume, but not so great for people who want to drink a wine with at least a hint of personality. When overcropped, the grapes can become diluted. The vines grow so much fruit that there is a lack of concentration of flavors. The finished wines are neutral, light, and uninspiring. So what do we do? We go to the mountains!

The mountains of Alto Adige are awe-inspiring.  The Alps are in the north and the Dolomites are in the east. It is so mountainous that only 15% of the land is able to be cultivated. Most vineyards have to be planted on hillsides at high altitudes. The vines grown here cannot produce a vast amount of grapes, but the grapes they do grow have concentration and depth. It is here in Alto Adige where producers like Tiefenbrunner create high quality Pinot Grigio that is rich, aromatic, and brimming with minerality. 

Temp Note: This wine should be chilled to about 45ºF / 50ºF. (Pop it in the fridge for about 3 hours and take it out 10 minutes prior to serving.) The wine will be crisper at a cooler temperature and more fruity/aromatic when enjoying the wine at a slightly warmer temperature.