(BOLZANO) Elena Walch is one of the most important wine producers in Alto Adige, with estates in Tramin and Caldaro. Its white wine Beyond the Clouds and wines from indigenous and international grape varieties from the two historic vineyards ‘Kastelaz’ and ‘Castel Ringberg‘ are unmistakable.
The History of Elena Walch wines
Elena Walch, born into a family in Alto Adige, was trained as an architect. However, his marriage to Werner Walch, the son of a very successful winemaking family, completely changed the course of her life.
Elena Walch’s wines have established themselves over the years, becoming among the most iconic of Alto Adige, award-winning and appreciated nationally and internationally.
The company is now led by the daughters Julia and Karoline Walch, who represent the fifth generation of the family.
Elena Walch’s wines are produce with native varieties such as Gewürztraminer, Lagrein and Schiava, but also international ones such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Müller Thurgau, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Terroir of the wines of Elena Walch
Elena Walch’s wines are produced from vines that are spread over 60 hectares of vineyards with altitudes ranging between 350 and 600 m a.s.l. with heterogeneous soils of morainic origin rich in porphyry and granite.
The good temperature range conferred by the hilly altitudes are essential for the development of aromas of great elegance, especially in the historic ‘Kastelaz‘ and ‘Castel Ringberg‘ vineyards, the latter also enhanced by the thermoregulatory action of Lake Caldaro.
The microclimate where Elena Walch’s wines are born is ideal for growing grapes: the Alps in the north protect the vines from cold winds, while her territory in the south is favored by the mild air of the Po valley, mitigated by the cool breezes that descend. from the nearby mountains and glaciers.
These pedoclimatic characteristics of Elena Walch’s vineyards are extremely favorable for an excellent ripening of the grapes, and for the creation of savory wines, particularly fresh, with refined tones and eloquent aromas.
Philosophy of Elena Walch’s wines
Respect for the environment and biodiversity is certainly a key element in the production of Elena Walch’s wines.
Among the sustainable practices adopted to produce Elena Walch’s wines are innumerable. For example, we can mention the refusal of herbicides in vineyards, growth of legumes to promote soil fertility, mulching of vineyards, minimization of chemical products in the vineyard.
Furthermore, the cellar, being underground, saves the energy of the cooling system by taking advantage of the low natural temperatures and has 45% energy self-sufficiency thanks to a photovoltaic system.
In addition, Elena Walch has recently conducted meticulous studies selecting indigenous yeast strains present on the grapes of her vineyards, which are used in fermentation as a starter.
Another essential aspect for the production of Elena Walch’s wines is the idea of creating sincere wines but also of great enological precision, which are authentic narrators of the terroir from which they come, in the specific pedoclimatic and varietal characteristics.
These are essential prerequisites for not having to intervene with invasive corrections during the wine-making process, but to let the first quality of the grapes speak for itself.
Wines of Elena Walch
Elena Walch’s wines are produced starting from native varieties such as Gewürztraminer, Lagrein and Schiava, but also international ones such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Bianco, Müller Thurgau, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Of particular interest among Elena Walch’s wines are those from Kastelaz in Tramin / Termeno and the Castel Ringberg estate in the municipality of Caldaro / Kaltern, both highly renowned areas, which have led this company to boast a name capable of arousing interest Of the numerous international markets.
Just to mention some of Elena Walch’s many top-notch wines: Beyond the Clouds, an award-winning wine of unusual elegance, made from Chardonnay and other complementary grape varieties and aged in French oak barrels.
Also of great interest is Gewürztraminer ‘Kastelaz‘: a wine in its own right among the best Italian white wines, which maximizes the expressive potential and varietal character of the white grape variety par excellence from Alto Adige.
Among the wines of Elena Walch also the eloquence of the aromas of the Sauvignon di Vigna Castel Ringberg should be taken into consideration, a virtuous and passionate interpretation of the grape of French origins.
The sweet Gewürztraminer Passito Cashmere is also very convincing among Elena Walch’s wines; The silky Merlot Riserva Vigna Kastelaz; Or the enveloping Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva di Vigna Castel Ringberg; The very elegant Pinot Noir Ludwig; And, first of all, the Lagrein Riserva Vigna Castel Ringberg.
Elena Walch’s wines are distinguished by character and elegance and combine great olfactory finesse, flavor and richness on the palate. This is s testament, once again, of the great enological potential of the terroir of Alto Adige.
Wines of Elena Walch
The aromatic framework is interesting, outlining stamps of lychee and alpine flora synergistically linked to nuances of exotic fruit, orange peel and viennoiserie. The sip is expansive and intense: it envelops pressingly, with a marked acidity and a well-drawn lively iodized vein. It refines for a few months on the fine lees in steel.
One of the most virtuous and elegant interpretations of Gewurztraminer in purity: fully among the best white wines in Italy for great intelligibility of the fruit without compromise: expressive, imaginative and extremely versatile in food pairing.
Score: 95/100 - (Vintage 2021) - Italy's Finest Wines:
Spreads intense ripe berries, raspberry, white chocolate and tobacco. In the mouth it is enveloping and sapid with well-defined and smooth tannins. Good persistence on the fruit.
Deservedly one of the best Italian Pinot Noirs for olfactory eloquence: pressing on the nose and on the palate and capable of skilfully reconciling finesse and strength.
Score: 97/100 - (Vintage 2019) - Italy's Finest Wines:
Characteristics: It opens with hints of saffron, acacia honey and incipient hints of peat and hydrocarbons. The sip is voluminous, with a grainy iodized saline presence.
One of the best Italian white wines, great identity and territorial character. It refines in a disused mine in Val Ridanna at an altitude of 2,000 m a.s.l.
Deservedly among the best Italian white wines for complexity and persistence. Thanks to the terroir of the cru of Vigna Kastelaz, above the village of Termeno, among the most suitable in South Turolo.
Score: 100/100 - (Vintage 2015) - Italy's Finest Wines:
Info& Contacts of Elena Walch
Adress: Via Andreas Hofer 1, 39040 Tramin Termeno (BZ)
+ 39 0471 860172
+39 0471 860781
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