Saturday, 30 March 2013

Mezzacorona - Producer Profile

With vineyards stretching from the foothills of the majestic Dolomites to the shores of Lake Garda, it should come as no surprise that the 3,500 hectares of vineyards that Mezzacorona sources its grape from experience a wide range of different climates. What is surprising though is the level of care and attention that a winery producing 30 million bottles of wine a year takes to ensure that each and every grape variety selected for cultivation is only grown in a location where the micro-climate is near perfect for it. Such is the Mezzacorona way.

Transported to a state of the art winery, the grapes from Mezzacorona’s 1500 associate growers are vinified in controlled conditions before being crafted into the extensive range of single varietal wines that are made under the Mezzacorona and Rotari labels.

Unfortunately the range topping “Nos” Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva is not currently imported into the UK, but Mezzacorona is (according to the winery’s PR) the largest “estate producer” of Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay in Italy and significant quantities of both these grape varieties do arrive in the UK.

The two Mezzacorona “Riserva” wines lead the winery’s range in the UK, with both the Teroldego and the Pinot Grigio offering an impressive level of quality (that becomes doubly impressive once you realise the price of these wines). The non-vintage “Rotari” Brut is also worthy of a mention thanks to its admirable sophistication and keen price.

Aside from making high quality wine Mezzacorona is also a leading exponent for reducing the environmental impact of wineries in Trentino – Mezzacorona’s own programme for reducing environmental impact focuses on reducing the winery’s use of chemical treatments; improving water management; energy management; waste management; and vineyard location.