Vite di Roccia
Beating The Cold
Hanspeter Eisendle for Vigna Fracia
A journey there and back into the frozen belly of the mountains. Along with us, this is a man who has experienced many times the cold at first hand. And he has managed to survive: always. Hanspeter Eisendle, a mountain guide and Salewa athlete, accompanies us in an intense and personal tale so that we can see what Vigna Fracia goes through as it takes on the cold.
On one side the cold air coming down from the Rhaetian Alps and on the other the freezing gusts from the Orobie Alps and its glaciers which at night encroach on a vineyard, a vineyard which has grown where these two valleys converge. Its name is Fracia.

The Fracia vineyard has learnt to live with the cold. Its vines protect themselves as best they can, finding shelter in little steep-sided valleys. Over time the plants have adapted to the micro-climate in a natural, slow but relentless evolution. They have learnt to resist extremely low temperatures and to react, drawing from these conditions what they need to grow.
In the Fracia vineyard, everything slows down. Spring and budbreak arrive late and so also harvesting. Life here is stretched out by the cold.
The grapes also ripen more slowly here, leaving time for the aromas to stop and concentrate in their different ways
The summit is just a place on the way back home.
When it finally arrives in its natural habitat, the barrel, the Nebbiolo presents an extraordinary universe of balsamic and floral aromas filled out with an acidity retained from the cold. Ageing for three years, the first in barriques and barrels and the remaining two in the bottle, balances the aromas in a lasting, harmonious blend.
This is why Vigna Fracia, without the cold, wouldn’t be Vigna Fracia
Vigne di montagnaa
Hanspeter Eisendle
Born on the 8th November 1956 in Vipiteno, Hanspeter Eisendle has been a mountain guide since 1980. In 1982, after taking part in an expedition with Messner attempting the first eight-thousand-metre winter ascent (Cho Oyu, 8,200 m.) across its dangerous southern face, he decided to be a full-time mountain guide. New climbs of all the important routes in the Dolomites (approx. 1,000), some in the western Alps (among others: Cresta Peuterey and Brenva on Mont Blanc, the eastern face of Monte Rosa) and 26 first ascents on rock and ice. A Salewa athlete since 2016.