Alto Adige, Italy
The vineyard resides above Neumarkt in the South Tyrol area of Alto Adige. This area has always been known as "Pinot Noir Heaven" and one of the best places in Italy for growing this challenging variety. The estate’s high elevation faces the afternoon sun, making it ideal for cultivating some of Italy’s best Pinot Noir.
In 1986, the estate and its 16 acres were purchased by the Gottardi family. The acquisition was a return to winemaking in the region after losing their vineyards to phylloxera and peronospora three generations before. Dedicated exclusively to the cultivation of Pinot Noir, the Gottardi "chateau" has a gravity-fed winery that is customized to better accommodate this delicate variety, bringing out the best of its character in one of Alto Adige’s great crus.
In 1995, Gottardi released its first vintage of Pinot Noir, which was awarded best Blauburgunder in Alto Adige. The acclaimed of this first vintage has been followed by years of international recognition.