Name: Vito Piffer
Winery: Cantine Endrizzi
Town/Country: Trento, Italy
- Which spot in your vineyard is the most special and why?
I personally find the “Canevaccia” vineyard very exciting. Here the “bedrock”—geologically known as Breccia di Faedo or Breccia di Masetto—turns into fertile soil and the Central-European microclimate makes a special home for the Riesling Rhenano grape. The canyon carved by the Rio Faedo in its middle enhances its unique character and the surrounding woods create an absolutely idyllic seclusion.
- If you link the dots in your life, which experience was the most crucial relating to how you make your wine today?
I believe that no experience in viticulture and winemaking was to inconsequential as not to have enriched me professionally. The experience in Chianti Classico just after having finished my studies was of fundamental importance, and the same goes for the subsequent experiences in different Italian regions. Equally important, furthermore, are the participation as commissioner at international wine competitions and the exchanges with other oenologists.
- What kind of music do you enjoy listening to when making wine in your cellar?
I don’t listen to music in the cellar, but when I have to concentrate on a certain idea, Led Zeppelin are a great help.
4. Name a regional dish from your area, which matches best with one of your wines.
A delicious dish I only eat at the house of a few friends is polenta with snails (polenta and limoci), it pairs ever so nicely with Masetto Nero or Teroldego Reserve.
- Name a restaurant from your recent travels around the world, which changed the way you thought about food and why?
Let’s pass on this one.
- If your wine would die, who or what would it come back as (person/animal)?
The only regret when drinking Gran Masetto is that I wish I could taste it 10 – 15 – 20 years older!