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Südtirol / Alto Adige, Italy

When asked how many generations his family has made wine, Daniel Pfitscher walks to the ornately painted, vellum family tree on the wall, finds his own name, and counts down to the founder of the South Tirolian wine dynasty – Eight generations total.

Over 160 years later, three of those generations still work side by side. The entire family, including grandfather, take part in the harvest, and quality-wine pioneers Klaus and Monika are still at the heart of the business, though their three children have now taken active leading roles. Son Hannes has taken the helm as Winemaker, while son Daniel leads commercial operations and sister Marion manages events.

It is no surprise that with this pedigree, Weingut Pfitscher has become one of the premier producers in Südtirol, with accolades from Falstaff, James Suckling, and Gambero Rosso. Its six vineyards on 20 hectares produce 9 varietals, all grown and hand-harvested on alpine slopes at between 300 and 900 meters in altitude.

With its cellar centered in the heart of the village of Montagna, a premier location for Pinot Noir, it goes without saying that the Burgundian grape is Pfitscher’s marquis offering. The varietal makes up 31% of Pfitsher’s production, with its “Fuxleiten” bottling the top seller by volume, while the single vineyard “Matan” has developed a reputation for long-aging excellence.

Outgrowing the old cellar in 2011, a new and architecturally significant winery was built on the edge of the village, and both the winery and the winemaking operations were awarded a CasaClima Sustainability Certification, consistent with Klaus and Monika’s goals of living and working in harmony with nature. In addition to strict requirements for energy efficiency and sustainable materials in the building, the entire production process was studied and streamlined to reduce the use of resources and minimize environmental impact.

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