Underneath the limestone cliffs of Trentino, Italy resides a farm devoted to the indigenous variety of Teroldego. We say “farm” because vegetables grow in between the trellised vines, and on weekends, they often sell produce to the local community. Things are different at Foradori.
These agri-angels have been nestled in the bosom of the Dolomites for over 120 years. At the Azienda Agricola Foradori helm today is fourth generation winemaker, Elisabetta Foradori. Taking over her family estate when she was 19, this trailblazing earth child has set about thrusting the winery into a modern era with her sacred sustainable viticulture approach. Her philosophy is simple, believing that the sacred plant (vine) should be looked at and somehow even listened to, with the ultimate goal to create harmony between man and nature. Foradori has single handedly brought the intriguing Teroldego grape back from the brink, and breathed new life into the dark fruit known as the Royal Wine of Trentino. She is also one of the key figureheads of Biodynamic production in the Trentino, deeply attached to her native land and family’s heralded vineyards.
Harvesting grapes from vineyards covering 28 hectares – (70% of Teroldego, 20% of Manzoni Bianco, 5% of Nosiola and 5% of Pinot Grigio), Foradori’s biodynamic preparations have outbalanced and enhanced the vineyard’s ability to fully express their own character. Thus, since harvest 2009, TeroldegoMorei and TeroldegoSgarzon have forged their own legacy in two vineyards with differing remarks in the picturesque and dizzyingly high Fontanasanta. It’s in this oasis of waterways and biodiversity that Nosiola and Manzoni Bianco thrive on a clayey-calcareous soil. Fuoripista Pinot Grigio represents the character of vineyard sites closest to the river Noce on the Southern edge of Campo Rotaliano: with the gravel deriving from predominantly dolomitic rocks that donates an archetypical structure to this wine.
Her wines are the result of not submitting to a world of dull, mass produced, pallid wine and are born with the spirit of experimentation and continues to develop in this way.
Foradori wines are wines forged in collaboration with nature. In Mezzolombardo in South Tyrol, the Azienda Agricola Foradori works in symbiosis with nature and terroir, with the knowledge of the rhythms and cycles of nature. Each maker is so devoted to the Foradori cause, that they deem it a privilege to get up every morning and be free to work for the message the earth wants to give them each day. A HR dream.
These Northern-Italian angeli preach the minimal intervention good word and boy do they practice what they preach. They guide the wine by hand, while paying attention to its needs, keeping an expressive spontaneity and bears the personality of its intense and live raw material. In the winery, fermentation takes place in different containers to add funk and personality, all while encouraging unique ageing. The acacia and oak wood of the casks and open-top tanks are deemed ‘alive’, leaving traces of themselves to take part in the transformation process and helps guide the wine through its birthing process.
The clay of the tinajas gives full freedom of expression to the grapes and gives the wine the chance to reconnect to the earth. These containers are strongly energetic: their broad and elongated shape welcomes and embraces the clay from which they are made, and has the ability to link the cosmic to the terrestrial forces. The cement containers help with their thermal inertia; even stainless steel has a role in our winery and remains as a witness to the wineries past. Their work is measured with time, nature’s rhythms and the anticipation for the grapevine to grow, to age, to give fruit, for the wine’s slow evolution in the silence and darkness of the winery and its development in the bottle first and the wineglass afterwards.
It’s a primal love-story between winemaker and their terrain, creating wines that are rich with earthy origins and are born through an act of love towards nature. Adam and Eva.
“Their philosophy is simple, believing that the sacred plant (vine) should be looked at and somehow even listened to.”
Foradori may be best-known for Teroldego, but overlooking their white wines is like visiting New York City for theatre, only to ignore what’s playing off Broadway. The skin-contact Pinot Grigio, the Manzoni Bianco and especially the Nosiola are among the most evocative white wines in Italy. This Lo-Fi/Natty pack is edgy, zippy and is made to make you feel intensely alive. An ‘always’ from us (and everyone we know).