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Tramin: How the Italians do Pinot Grigio

Cantina Tramin winery is permeated by light, overlooking the valley and the vineyards.
Cantina Tramin winery is permeated by light, overlooking the valley and the vineyards.Cantina Tramin

If you want to see how Pinot Grigio is meant to taste, then you need to try this Italian favorite!

Today’s Pinot Grigio selection has grapes that come from calcareous clay and pebble soil vineyards in Montagna, Tramin and Egna, in the Südtirol area of the Alto Adige DOC. Alto Adige is one of the smallest of Italy’s 20 regions, and it is squashed against the Austrian border. Today, there are approximately 230 hectares of vineyards located in the Alps and Dolomites at altitudes of nearly 2300 feet above sea level—significantly higher than most other Italian vineyards.

Cantina Tramin is a co-operative producer in the Alto Adige representing 280 member grape growers. Founded in 1898 the co-operative produces wine, primarily Pinot Grigio, from grapes grown in the Alto Adige.
Simply out, Tramin Pinot Grigio brings a serious freshness factor to the glass. This 100% Pinot Grigio differentiates itself from more “mass produced” Pinots with an expressive nose of fruit and flowers. Aromas of white peach are prominent, along with suggestions of lemon, honeysuckle and white roses.

Initially smooth and fruity on the palate, Cantina Tramin Pinot Grigio is impressive. It’s dry and refreshing, with pear, apple and stone fruits laced with zesty citrus surrounding a mineral-laden core. This clear and driven chalky minerality appears from the mid-palate and persists through to the lengthy finish. In typical Italian style, there’s a mouth-watering acidity that dances across your tastebuds to make this an extraordinarily food-friendly wine.

Tramin is a suave, full and attractive Pinot Grigio. Overall, the flavor is delicate and pleasantly soft with lasting notes of nuts and honey. Consider pairing it with a variety of appetizers, roasted poultry or pork. It also pairs well with mushroom-based dishes, fish and seafood—particularly oysters or grilled salmon with thyme. Although it works well as an aperitif, it is versatile enough to go the distance with apple tart. It’s good to remember this wine isn’t for cellaring, and Cantina Tramin Pinot Grigio should be consumed in the next two years.

We found this delicious white at Circus Wines, 56 Newman Springs Rd. Red Bank NJ 07701