Our Producer Profile series continues in preparation for the Legendary Winemakers tasting on October 23! This week, Elisabetta Foradori, who has, since the age of 19, dedicated her life to championing the indigenous Teroldego. A grape she has single-handedly brought back from the brink of extinction. Considered one of the most influential female winemakers in the world, her philosophy is simple: trust and love the vines, make wines that are true reflections of indigenous grapes and their land.
“If you make wine with your heart,
running all the risk entailed in trusting your plants,
they will trust you too." - Elisabeta Foradori
The icon of the Dolomites
Reigning from Trentino, way up in the Dolomite mountain range, Elisabetta is all about the energy the mountains give her land. Conserving her heritage fuels her passion. She directs all her spirit into protecting her land through biodiversity, growing wines with as much life as she has.It was her father's untimely death in 1984, that forced Elisabetta's hand to take over the family winery at the age of 19. After traveling through France, learning about different viticulture and the natural cycle of life, Elisabetta began a spiritual transformation in her vineyards.
"These living wines really do have personality.You have to trust them and give them space to express themselves.” - Elisabetta Taking a holistic approach in her farming practices, she is all about instinct and trust when it comes to farming. She believes firmly in a spiritual connection to the soil. Her vision for her vineyards is to mirror a forrest, creating a community of co-existing plants and animals in order to bring balance, health, fertility and vivacity to her land. Only when the soil is full of life, and biodiversity is thriving, will the grapes deliver a pure and true reflection of terroir. Her wines, like her land are very much alive, and always evolving. Join us Wednesday evening, October 23, to meet Elisabetta in-shop!.