The iconic opening of The Sound of Music begins with Julie Andrews twirling through the alpine meadows. Her hair and voice like sunshine, the snow-capped cragged mountain sides looming in the background. The range which towers above her extends west through Northern Italy’s Alto Adige so it wasn’t surprising when I was transported to this scene when tasting Peter Zemmer’s Pinot Grigio.
The Peter Zemmer winery was founded in 1928 in Cortina, Italy. The grapes flourish in the valley, the ventilation and sunlight create the right environment. The grower’s choice to use sustainable farming and organic fertilizer allows the grapes to flourish. Selective sorting through the low yield ensures the best quality wines.
Pale pear green, incredibly fragrant with notes of unripened pear and candied citrus zest. Crisp and zesty with pear, melon, citrus. Sunshine in a bottle, newly fallen snow, and alpine lilies in the finish. This is a beautiful wine. I enjoyed every sip of this wine. Priced at about $16, it is one of the best Pinot Grigios I have had and an excellent value.
Back in 2007, we ventured just over the border into Austria, weaving above the lakes and through the Alpine towns. Leaving, we flew north over the majestic mountains. From above you get a sense of scale that is unmatched from below. It was the last we saw of the beautiful country and it left a lasting impression. When we return, we will be sure to spend more time in Alto Adige, but for now, we can open a bottle of Peter Zemmer and remember.