The Dolomite mountains of Northeastern Italy made headlines on July 3 when part of a glacier on the 3,300-meter-high Mount Marmolada collapsed. The heat wave in Italy, and behind it climate change, appear to be responsible.
Of course, climate change is also affecting the vineyards of the northeastern Italian provinces of Trentino and Alto Adige (Sudtirol), which lie on the slopes beneath the Dolomites. Despite these challenges, for us this is an exciting time in the development of the sub-Alpine region’s wine industry because of a paradigm shift in the goals the leading winemakers there have set themselves.
Making attractively fresh and fruity wines that are easy to enjoy is not enough for these winemakers. They are determined to achieve the maximum possible depth and originality of aroma and flavor.