Located in Mezzolombardo of the World Heritage Site of Trentino, Italy, the Foradori family winery was originally purchased in the 1930s by Elisabetta’s grandfather, then managed by her father before she took over at the ripe age of 19 purely out of a sense of duty after her father had passed away. However, more time among the vines has resulted in a distinct fiery, energetic personal character that is embodied in the wines she produces.
Since 2002, Elisabetta has farmed using only biodynamic principles and very little intervention, most notably known for pioneering the use of old vineyards to propagate new ones in Italy with a technique called Massal Selection – a method that not only recycles native vines but also encourages individuality and spontaneity often lacking in conventional farming.
Foradori aims to express the terroir of Trentino in a few different ways:
Nowadays, while Elisabetta is still the face of Foradori, it is mostly the efforts of her children, Emilio, Theo and Myrtha, that are continually redefining what a sustainable winery really is. Emilio, the oldest of the children, heads viticulture since 2013 alongside Theo, Foradori’s traveller, and ambassador. Lastly, Myrtha brings her experience working in farms out in Oregon and Quebec in turning the winery into a fully blown polycultural farm.
Let’s talk a little bit about the variety.
These moderately tannic, flavourful and blackberry tasting red grapes are almost exclusively planted in the Campo Rotaliano in the Adige Valley north of Trento and its sole appellation of origin is Teroldigo Rotaliano D.O.C. Vineyards and grows mainly right now in the Rotaliana plain on the Adige Valley north of Trento.
The vines were first documented in the Annals of Agriculture of the Kingdom of Italy “by Philip King in 1811.
Despite its dark colour, Teroldego creates wines with bright fruits, like cranberries and pomegranates, blended in with blackberries and raspberries. Hints of spicy pepper, a hint of cinnamon or anise and black forest floor too. Acidity is definitely present but it’s not overly astringent on the tannin side of things. Teroldegos age very very well with the higher end ones cellaring perfectly for up to 10 years.