In a nutshell: Red rowanberry or mountain-ash berries make a wonderful Alpine vinegar with fruity, medicinal flavour. Great for all game and beef stews and for drinking daily.
This unusual vinegar is obtained from the acetification of the fermented juice of rowanberry or mountain-ash (sorbo or Sorbus aucuparia) berries grown in Portadon in the Faedo area 700 metres above sea level. The juice is placed in oak, cherry or acacia barrels to acetify for up to 2 years before bottling. Rowanberry grows all over the Alps and is planted to build up the soil and help stop avalanches. Its bark is traditionally used for wood carving, the leaves were used to make herb beers and the red berries are high in Vitamin C and and make fine jams and jellies. It has a wonderful fruity medicinal flavour. Use with all game and beef stews, fruit compotes and roast root vegetables. Good for drinking as well.
Details: 250ml Bottle or 100ml Spray; both 6° acidity
About Pojer & Sandri
Pojer & Sandri started life in 1975 when a young Fiorentino Sandri inherited some vineyards in the alpine village of Faedo in the Italian Dolomites. Joined by his winemaker friend Mario Pojer, they formed a partnership which has been very fruitful. Their goal in this untested viticultural area between the Adige river and Cembra Valley was simple, but ambitious: to prove that with care and skill, that they could, contrary to popularly-held beliefs, demonstrate that this area was capable of producing world-class wines. Their first release was an exquisitely-scented 1975 vintage Palai Müller-Thurgau, followed by the indigenous Trentino “Nosiola” white wine along with a highly-acclaimed Chardonnay. The wines caused quite a stir in the Italian wine renaissance of the 1970s and the wine-making dynamic duo began to purchase more vineyards. Today, their wines continue to garner praise. They also make some remarkable artisan Alpine fruit grappas. Their aim to protect and revive the indiginous grape and fruit varieties of the Dolomites and produce some unique artisan wines and grappas has been a huge success. After 30 years of trials, they now make vinegar too - their superb aromatic vinegars also have a clear sense of place and only use fruit, such as quince, blackcurrants, plums, rowanberries blackberries, cherries and elderberries, picked in their orchards or those from carefully selected local farms. The fruit is gently pressed then inoculated with natural yeast to ferment. After reaching the desired sugar content, the fermented juice is placed in oak, cherry or acacia barrels to acetify, and depending on the fruit, the process might take anywhere from 12 to 24 months until the right balance of acidity and fruitiness is achieved. In all these vinegars, large quantities of esterification products are formed over time, as well as other volatile constituents which impart a delicate and deliciously harmonious fragrance and taste to the vinegar.