Azienda Agricola Garlider is a husband & wife organic farmstead located in Velturno/Fedlthurns, a tiny alpine village nestled in the northerly reaches of the Isarco valley, in the bilingual Alto-Adige / South-Tyrol region of Italy.  Christian Kerschbaumer is the young owner of this rapidly emerging winery, awarded last year the prestigious Three Glasses by Italy’s influential wine-guide Gambero Rosso.  Christian and his father Alois had been selling the estate-grown grapes to the local cooperative cellar for many years before making the decision to vinify the crop on their own in the year 2000. The Garlider estate vineyards consist of roughly 5 Ha. planted with a range of white-berry varieties that are traditional for the area, such as Grüner Veltliner, Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Sylvaner and Pinot Grigio.  The various parcels are situated on the steep south-facing mountain slopes that surround the cellar.  The soil is rocky with a thin layer of clay, intermixed with fragments of weathered schist and quartz crystals.  Garlider is a certified organic grape grower and Christian Kerschbaumer is adamant in his resolution to manage the family vineyards in accordance to the principles of biologic viticulture (minimal use of copper sulphate and no use of chemical pesticides or other herbicides).