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In the wine summer ignited by the controversy soon extinguished over de-alcoholised wine, which in the new CAP has become a possibility for EU producers set according to the rules that will come into force in 2023, as already reported by WineNews, there are those who have not been to watch, and launched into the “alcohol-free” market. As one of the best-known names of Italian and South Tyrolean wine, or Hofstätter, historical winery of South Tyrol, led by Martin Foradori Hofstätter. Which has launched its “Steinbock Alcol Free Sparkling”, an alcohol-free sparkling wine based on Riesling that comes from the Moselle.
“It is a de-alcoholized wine that comes from a special technique to keep the delicate aromas of the raw material intact, in this case my beloved Riesling that prompted me to acquire the Dr. Fischer company in Moselle. An extraordinary variety that manages to express itself nobly even in an “alcohol free” version, writes Martin Foradori Hofstätter himself.
“It is not a grape juice but a bubble obtained from wine – explains the company – Steinbock Alcohol Free Sparkling comes from a careful selection in the vineyard and then in the cellar. An innovative technique preserves the delicate aromas of the wine, removing the alcohol contained. Inside an equipment the atmospheric pressure is reduced (to 15 mbar) and thereby also lowered the boiling point of alcohol from 78 ° C to 25-30 ° C. At the end of the process, a drink with an alcohol content of less than 0.25 Vol “. And the first 20,000 bottles are already on the shelves of the world.
On the other hand, whether like it or not, that of low alcohol or even dealcoholated wines is a growing market segment, which the world of wine production cannot ignore. According to a recent study by Wine Intelligence, in the US, for example, this market will see an aggregate growth of 10% between now and 2024. And Hofstatter, although the guardian of a centuries-old history, has always been one of those wineries capable of looking to the future, as explained by the producers on the home page of the winery’s website. “For four generations our family has taken care of its vineyards on both sides of the Adige valley. Today our estate also extends over the steep slopes of the Moselle, in Germany, and among the imposing mountains of Trentino. Without fearing the challenges of heroic viticulture, we cultivate every single variety where it can express itself at its best. We value the most suitable particles of our historic farms, vinifying them separately, and we report the name of each vineyard on the label. The work between the rows and in the cellar collects the legacy of our ancestors, combining respect for nature and innovation “.


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