‘Erste+Neue' means 'First+New’. The name represents the merger of the first (‘erste') co-op cellar in Caldaro, which was founded in 1900, and the newest ('neue') co-op cellar after the Alto Adige became a part of Italy in 1919, which was founded in 1925. The two co-ops united under one label in 1986. In 2016 Erste+Neue incorporated a third co-op, Cantina Kaltern, but decided to continue operating under the name Erste+Neue. Gerhard Sanin, the enologist for E+N, favors a bright, restrained winemaking style that really allows this place and these varieties to shine. Pinot Grigio sometimes lacks the vivid freshness of Pinot Bianco, but the best examples from the Alto Adige have the typical varietal texture and spice notes punched up with bright acidity. Erste+Neue's Pinot Grigio is absolutely textbook: pear, apple, hint of nutmeg, very good balance of weight and acidity. A very good versatile everyday white wine, and it's a steal.