A year ago, Freisinger Hof vineyard was the talk of Tramin in South Tyrol – not for its wine, but for the landslide of enormous boulders that rumbled 1,500 meters down the mountain and stopped at the Hof’s front gate. The owner took it as a sign and built a protective wall from the rubble.
Tramin is a famous wine village in northern Italy, famous for traminer grapes, more widely known as gewürztraminer. But the town doesn’t benefit much from it, because the vine can grow in many places, from Alsace to New Zealand. If someone orders a Traminer, it’s like ordering a seltzer: The wine can come from anywhere and is not defined by one place at all.