Elena Walch

Alto Adige, Italy

Vigna Kastelaz Gewurztraminer, Alto Adige DOC — 2022

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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 is 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.

      THE WINE: The Gewürztraminer Vigna “Kastelaz” is an international benchmark for the variety and Elena Walch for this reason has been dubbed the “Queen of Gewürztraminer” by Gambero Rosso.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The recognized single vineyard Vigna site of “Kastelaz” dominates the landscape of the wine village of Tramin. The term “Vigna” is an additional denomination of origin, recognizing a precisely demarcated and cartographically recorded single vineyard.

    • Appellation: Alto Adige DOC
    • Location: Italy
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Soil: Loose limestone soils, interspersed with post glacial sand, granite and porphyry
    • Exposure: South facing
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2022 wine year began with a warm spring, which led to an early start of flowering. The succeeding summer was consistently dry and warm-to-hot by the midsummer. The drought did not cause any problems, not at least thanks to our irrigation systems and smart technology. The warm summer months have resulted in extraordinarily healthy grapes of very good quality and maturity. The acidity values were somewhat lower due to the vintage, but well balanced and were supported by targeted foliage work during the summer months, and a slightly earlier harvest. The first grapes were harvested at the end of August ― as always entirely by hand. Overall, the wines show complexity, great structure and very good fruit.

  • Vinification

    • Very carefully selected, fully ripe grapes get selected, picked in two harvests. Before pressing, the crushed berries are cold macerated for 6 hours, after which the juice is clarified by refrigeration and natural sedimentation. Fermentation is activated using selected yeasts and the temperature is controlled at 18°C. The young wine remains on its lees for several months.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Gewurztraminer
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 5.3 g/L
    • RS: 6.8 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • With a rich, golden yellow color and a beguilingly complex bouquet, both elegant and mineral, this wine offers aromas of roses and lychee as well as subtle acacia honey. On the palate, it is convincing and complex with an elegant structure, stimulating acidity, harmonious-spicy freshness and a delicate, vibrant and dry finish. A wine with finesse and character.



  • Vigna Kastelaz Gewurztraminer, Alto Adige DOC — 2022 – James Suckling – 93 Points

    "Elegant, perfumed and floral, this has rosewater, lychee and melon aromas followed by a full-bodied, oily and silky palate. Long and caressing.”

  • Vigna Kastelaz Gewurztraminer, Alto Adige DOC — 2022 – Vinous – 92 Points

    "A sweetly seductive blend of tropical melon, minty herbs, sweet smoke and lime sorbet makes the 2022 Gewürztraminer Vigna Kastelaz impossible to resist. Round and luscious on the palate, this blends ripe orchard fruits with sweet spices and tactile mineral tones, all propelled by brisk acidity. It cleans up beautifully through the finish, crisp and fresh, with a sour citrus tinge that puckers the cheeks and keeps the mouth watering for more. The 2022 is a wine of contrasts that possesses the balance for a long and steady evolution."