Nestled at the foot of Castel Madruzzo, in the foothills of the Dolomites, sits Agricola Pravis. The winery started in the 1970s, as a partnership between three friends. Now, second-generation vintner sisters, Giulia and Erika Pedrini, have taken over the responsibility of running Pravis. Surrounded by stone outcroppings, their small, ecologically-farmed vineyards are scattered throughout the hills, each planted in calcareous stone, according to unique microclimates, with altitudes ranging from 300 to 600 masl. Working with both international as well as indigenous varieties (such as their noteworthy Nosiola), Pravis uses a minimal intervention philosophy that includes a strict gravity flow process. The cooling breeze that whips through the mountain passes from nearby Lake Garda, called the “Ora” by locals, minimizes the risk of mildew and keeps temperatures moderate during the hottest parts of summer, ensuring that these mineral-driven wines retain plenty of elegance. Interestingly, the winery works with the Freiburg Institute in the development of “zero impact” clone varieties that would leave no ecological footprint and would grow in otherwise inhospitable environments for agriculture.
The region of Trentino-Alto Adige is bordered by East and North Tyrol (Austria) to the north-east and north respectively, by Graubünden (Switzerland) to the north-west and by the Italian regions of Lombardy to the west and Veneto to the south and south-east. It covers 13,607 square kilometres and is extremely mountainous, covering a large part of the Dolomites and the southern Alps. Südtirol (where Cantina Kurtatsch is located) has an area of 7,398 square kilometres, all of it mountainous land and covered by vast forests. The climate here is Mediterranean (hot summer and cold winters) owing to the influence of the many mountain ranges, which stand at over 3,000 metres above sea level, and the wide valleys through which flows (from north to south) the main river, the Adige, and its numerous tributaries.
Grapes are sourced from the ‘Le Biolche’ zone in Lasino, planted at 500 meters above sea level. Exposure is southwest and soils are calcareous marl. Vines are trained via simple Guyot method. Grapes are harvested at a yield of 55 hl/ha.
Rebo is a dark-skinned crossing of Merlot and Teroldego created by agronomist Rebo Rigotti in Trentino, Italy. Originally it was thought to be a crossing of Marzemino and Merlot, but forensic testing has since disproved this. Plantings of Rebo are limited to its region of origin, where it is released commercially as Trentino Rebo DOC. Wines made from Rebo tend to mimic the characteristics of its parent varieties: typically ruby-red, full-bodied wines with spicy, dark fruit flavours.
Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tank at a controlled temperature followed by maceration for three weeks at 28°/30°C. The wine is aged for 18 months in barriques and matured for six months in bottle. Every phase of the process of transforming grapes into wine at Pravis respects a natural idea of winemaking. The winery uses the least technology possible; once pressed, grapes flow with gravity into fermentation tanks, then into barrels, then finally into containers for pre-bottling.
Bright red in colour. On the nose and palate, Rebo unites Teroldego’s violet and earth tones with the elegant, fruity roundness of Merlot. Rebo is harmonious and well-textured with integrated tannins and acidity.