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Casata Monfort Gewürztraminer


Cantine Monfort’s history is deeply tied to Lorenzo Simoni and his family.  In 1945 his grandfather Giovanni, his son, and his two brothers set up the Simoni family winery in Palù di Giovo in Trentino’s Valle di Cembra where they sold wines made from grapes from their own vineyards as well as from other farmers in the area. By 1951 they were able to move to larger premises and in 1965 they bought the cellars of Palazzo Monfort.  In 1977 Lorenzo’s father and eventually Lorenzo and his brother Michele took over the winery and soon after rebuilt the cellar adding a large room of stainless steel vats and 500 liter casks as well as the prestigious French barriques.  To be personally involved was stimulating to Lorenzo who as a boy would think of the things he would do if the business was his.  With his sense of innovation, and in his quest to continue to produce incredible wines and to pay homage to the history of his native Trentino, today Lorenzo works together with his son Federico in a new project that he started, to revive old indigenous vines and plants that old documents have indicated were abandoned at the end of the 19th century.  Traminer (also known as Gewürztraminer) is one of the greatest aromatic varietals which requires hilly terrain and full sunlight in order to grow. It’s almost certainly from South Tyrol.  Casata Monfort was among the pioneers who brought this varietal into the Trentino region.  This wine is a great accompaniment to strong cheeses, strong flavored foods, smoked salmon, and ethic foods such as Indian or Asian