The origins of the Manincor estate date back to the early 1600s, when the family first received a plot of land next to Lake Caldaro from the Emperor of Austria. Located in Italy’s Alto Adige region (also known as Südtirol) and nestled into the Dolomites, Manincor’s high-altitude, mountainous terrain is famous for producing white wines of distinction and character—brimming with acidity, yet delicate in flavor.
While grapes have been grown on the property for ages, it wasn’t until 1991 that the Count Michael Goëss-Enzenberg created the Manincor winery and took the focus of the estate to sustainability and biodynamic farming. They’ve never looked back since.
Today, the estate is a paragon of biodiversity and a model for new winemakers all over Europe and California. As Eric Guido from Vinous notes, “You’ll find flocks of sheep roaming the vineyards as well as trees, corn, clover and flowers growing throughout. In the winery, the processes are gentle, employing spontaneous fermentations. What’s most amazing to think about when tasting through this portfolio of high-energy yet deep wines, is that Manincor is also one of the largest family-owned wineries in the region. In the end, their passion shines through in the wines.”
Today, we’re excited to offer one of Manincor’s most beloved white wines for almost $10 less than the standard MSRP. A marriage of Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, the Contessa combines fruit from two different vineyards—one cooler and one warmer—to fuse freshness and acidity with ripeness and depth of flavor. 100% biodynamically-farmed and fermented with native yeasts, the purity of the wine is impeccable and truly expressive of its terrain.
Dry and snappy on the palate, the juxtaposition of minerality and weight is truly superb. Think Chablis or Sancerre meets Napa Chardonnay, but with an extra dose of honeysuckle.
92 POINTS: JAMES SUCKLING - With its effusive nose of white currants and elderberry blossom, you could almost mistake this elegant dry white for a Sauvignon Blanc. Very clean and crisp, but also with a healthy amount of substance and a complex citric and wet-stone finish that’s surprisingly long for an entry-level wine. From biodynamically grown grapes with Respekt certification. Drink or hold.