‘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. They make the range of white wines that you would expect including Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and an excellent Müller Thurgau. The whites come alongside a set of three excellent reds, their Kalterersee (Schiava), Pinot Nero and Lagrein. Schiava, or Vernatsch in the local dialect, is a red grape variety native to the Alto Adige. It produces dangerously delicious pale red wines that make a wide range of foods taste great; we love it with pork, but it’s also perfect with salmon, roast chicken, and all kinds of pastas. Throw it in the fridge for 30 minutes for best freshness. Red wines don’t have to be deep in color to compliment your food, and here’s your proof. Fermented in stainless steel, aged in large barrels.