The Wine: Vadum Caesaris Pet Nat 2019
Vallarom Vadum Caesaris Pet Nat 2019 is a sparkling natural wine made from a blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay farmed sustainably in Trentino-Alto Adige, Northern Italy. Nice natural bubbles, Granny Smith apple and citrus on the nose, bright and refreshing.
The Producer: Vallarom
Vallarom is located in Vallagarina, Trentino-Alto Adige and is run by Filippo Scienza and his wife Barbara. Filippo took over the estate from his grandparents, and converted it to organic farming, becoming certified in 2011; he and his wife adopts a low-interventionist approach in the cellar, producing natural wine that reflect the unique terroir of this little-known valley of Trentino-Alto Adige.
The Region: Trentino-Alto Adige
Hugging the northernmost corner of Italy and surrounded by the snow-capped Alps lies the famous winemaking region Trentino-Alto Adige. Trentino-Alto Adige might be one of Italy’s smallest wine-growing regions, however, it is one of the most multifarious due to its complex yet beautiful terrain. Trentino-Alto Adige shares its northern border with Austria, setting its cuisine, culture, and native grapes apart from the rest of Italy. The region is composed of two provinces, Trentino and Alto-Adige, which have very involved geopolitical histories.
Alto-Adige is closest to the Austrian border (the northernmost region of the two), and is also known as the Province of Bolzano (South Tyrol in English). Up until World War I, Alto-Adige was ruled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which is why 69% of the population’s primary language is still German. In 1919 Italy seized the land as well as its grapes, making Alto-Adige’s viticulture very unique.
Trentino (Trento) is located just south of Alto-Adige and is divided by the Adige River. The Adige River forms glacial valleys in both regions and used to be the main passageway between Italy and the rest of Europe. Grapes have been grown in both provinces since 500 B.C.