r why the Trentino region, in the heart of the Italian Alps, is the best suited region to grow Pinot Grigio.
What does a Pinot Grigio grape look like? Probably not as you’d expect! Pinot Grigio variety actually derives from Pinot Noir grapes. As a matter of fact, the Pinot Grigio skins are characterized by a dark colour, ranging from copper grey to light red, and the clusters are very small and tight. This distinguishing shape tends to remind people of pine cones –or “Pinot,” as they’re called in French!
Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio is a full expression of the unique combination of climate, soil and people you’ll find at the foot of the Italian Alps in the Adige Valley. The combination of these three key elements makes the Pinot Grigio grown in this area exclusive from anywhere else and exemplifies why Mezzacorona is the world’s leading producer of this variety.
Climate. Pinot Grigio is a variety that yearns for particular environmental conditions: large temperature swings between day and night (which help preserve the acidity of the grapes), and constant winds. Here in the alpine area in the North-East of Italy, those conditions are perfectly replicated. A fresh breeze comes from the glaciers peaking at over 9,000 feet in the North of the region, while gentle mild winds blow from Garda Lake in the South. Together these conditions allow the perfect aromatic maturation of the grapes, while not subtracting from their perfume and fragrance.
Soil. Pinot Grigio is cultivated in favourable soils with optimum fertility, both in deep valleys as well as in the hills. The Dolomitic landscape adds crispness and minerality to the classic, delicate and elegant aromas of Pinot Grigio. The typical “pergola” trellising system allows the grapes to hang free with maximum exposure to air which helps prevent mildew. Moreover, the leaves above the grapes protect them from the sun’s harmful rays (Coppertone SPF 45 failed to do the trick) . All green management and harvest activities are performed by hand, allowing the farmers to carry out the finest selection in the vineyard. As a result, the grapes arrive at the winery in perfect and healthy condition.
People. Originally known with as the German name Ruländer, Pinot Grigio has been cultivated in the Dolomites since the 1950’s. The successful cultivation of vines in a steep and difficult environment has been possible thanks to the great determination of the local grape growers & their ability to join forces and work together. We believe Mezzacorona parallels the strong character its workers: Able to cope with difficulties and create strengths out of weaknesses.
The result of our triple-threat combination? An elegant Pinot Grigio characterized by a unique crispness and minerality, perfect as an aperitif and excellent with local and International cuisine. Salute!