With fifty hectares of vineyards, Tenuta J. Hofstätter is one of the largest private wine estates in Alto Adige, and yet manages to live up to its reputation for absolutely pristine quality. The vineyards are well and diversely sited, at altitudes of 250-800 metres and, uniquely, on both sides of the Adige river. It is also meticulously run by fourth generation Martin Foradori Hofstätter, whose ancestor Joseph founded the estate in 1907. With the region’s largest plantings of Gewurztraminer and Pinot Nero, the winery is most readily associated to these varieties, but Pinots Bianco and Grigio as well as a new Sauvignon Blanc are produced with the same degree of care and success. The pinnacle, though, is the single-vineyard Vigna S. Urbano Pinot Nero, planted in the 1950s by Martin’s father. His neighbours thought he was mad at the time; this is now one of the finest expressions of Pinot Noir not just in Alto Adige, but in the whole of Europe.