Elena Walch

Alto Adige, Italy

Pinot Bianco, Alto Adige DOC — 2023

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  • Introduction

    • THE WINERY: Elena Walch is a 5-generation family-run estate in Alto Adige, a region in the northeast part of Italy that led the wine quality revolution in the area and has gained a prominent international reputation. The philosophy of the estate is dedicated to its terroir – the idea that wines must be the individual expression of their soil, climate, and cultivation in the vineyard – and that this must be maintained according to principles of sustainability and passed on to the next generation. The firm belief that the quality of wine created in the vineyard requires uncompromising work, taking into account the individuality of each vineyard. With 90 hectares in cultivation, including the two top vineyards VIGNA Castel Ringberg in Caldaro and VIGNA Kastelaz in Tramin, Elena Walch belongs to the most important protagonists of Alto Adige winemaking.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards are located on light limestone and porphyric soils on steep slopes. Positioned at varied altitudes, some reach up to 900m above sea level while others are situated at a moderate 250m. All grapes are handpicked with extreme precision.

    • Appellation: Alto Adige DOC
    • Location: Italy
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Soil: Light limestone and porphyric soils
    • Exposure: Southeast-Southwest
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2023 vintage was an interesting one! Despite a challenging growing season that included fluctuating warm and cool periods and some rain, we had a successful harvest season with ideal ripening conditions. After a warm June and July and high rainfall in early August, the grapes had ample time to ripen under optimal conditions with plenty of sunshine. Harvest began late in early September under ideal conditions, which later gave way to more unstable weather. The combination of warm days and cool nights allowed the grapes to reach optimal ripeness, resulting in balanced acidity levels and clear fruit with good structure.

  • Vinification

    • Post-harvest, grapes are crushed and pressed carefully. The must is then clarified at low temperatures and fermented at a controlled temperature of 20°C in stainless steel tanks. The wine is left to mature in the same tanks for several months on the fine lees.

    • Aging: In temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Bianco
    • Alcohol: 13%
    • TA: 6.3 g/L
    • RS: 2.2 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Our Pinot Bianco displays a clear, bright straw yellow color. It has fruity aromas with fresh apple tones and a hint of herbs. The wine impresses with its elegant, mineral depth and lively acidity, ending on a refreshing note.



  • Pinot Bianco, Alto Adige DOC — 2023 – Wine Spectator – 91 Points

    "A lithe and lively white, with a mineral underpinning, showing a lovely range of Gala apple, nectarine, quince blossom and green almond notes. Well-spiced finish."