The Erste+Neue winery has been part of the history of the Kaltern wine trade for over 100 years. The 1986 merger of the Erste (“first”) wine co-operative (founded in 1900) with the Neue (“new”) wine co-operative (founded in 1925) produced a South Tyrolean winery that was rich in both tradition and renown. The clue is in the name: the tried and tested is upheld, while there is an openness to innovation. Each individual bottle is proof of this philosophy.
Chardonnay is genetically related to the Burgundy Pinot varieties. In the 1980s, it experienced a tremendous upswing in popularity in Alto Adige, and it continues to demonstrate its classic qualities in the province. It is captivating through its fine acidity and its elegant interplay of aromas of pineapple, bananas, apples, pears, citrus fruit, caramel, vanilla, and butter.
Its palette can range from the fresh, fruity, linear qualities of the versions that are stabilized in stainless steel tanks to the complex selections suitable for aging which are fermented right in the small oak casks and allowed to mature on fine yeast.
seafood, white meats, risotto, cheese dumpling