Alto Adige Virtual Tasting Recap

Revisiting the events of last week


Last week, I stayed up late. In fact, I stayed up until 2:30 a.m., all to kick off one of our best Virtual Tastings yet. Many of you joined us, at a much more civilized time in the States, but there was so much information to be absorbed that even if you watched it live, you are sure to have missed somethings. If you didn't see it live, this is your chance to learn about the region, the wineries and the local varieties, straight from the winemakers' mouths!

This really is a fascinating region of Italy. It is German speaking, framed by mountains, dominated by some of the best run co-ops on earth, and the winemakers are anxious to share all they can with us. Take a listen and learn more about the Alto Adige today! Please excuse some of the audio issues we had. There are a few moments when the audio dropped out and yes, there is an echo, we were in the barrel-aging room at Cantina Tramin. The acoustics were not exactly ideal, but it was pretty cool to be coming from underneath the wonderful vines of the Alto Adige!


After a brief loss of audio, we started off with Ines Giovanett of Castelfeder. The winery is located in Cortine, prime Pinot Grigio territory at the southern edge of the Alto Adige.

Discussing Pinot Grigio

Our panel of winery representatives discussed the attributes that make Pinot Grigio ideally suited to both the Alto Adige and the U.S. market.

Cantina Tramin

One of the great co-ops of the Alto Adige and host of tonight's virtual tasting. We get the low down on Cantina Tramin from Wolfgang Klotz.

Discussing Pinot Bianco

Pinot Bianco is the white wine that people in the Alto Adige think about when they think of white wine! It's fresh, delicious and versatile. Find out why from our panel.

Pinot Nero and Barrel Aging

Pinot Nero, a.k.a Pinot Noir, is the most distinguished of the Alto Adige's wines. The region's soils and topography allow it to produce wines in a style that challenge the very best, as our panel discusses, with a bonus discussion of barrel aging

Franz Haas

Franz Haas is one of the Alto Adige producers who is pushing the envelope when it comes to Pinot Nero. Firmly convinced that Pinot Nero is the greatest grape of the region, Haas has planted vineyards as high as 1150 meters above sea level. Andi Punter fills us in on all the details.

Pergola vs. Guyot

Until recently, this region of Northern Italy was blanketed with vines trained by the Pergola system. Today, virtually everyone is rushing towards replanting with Guyot. I ask our panel if they think this is the right direction.


The wines from Manincor are one of the few signs of the infiltration of Biodynamics in a region that is well suited to organic and Biodynamic viticulture. Find out more about this intriguing operation from the owner himself, Count Michael Goess Enzenberg. Oh, and to set himself even farther from the pack, Manincor doesn't produce two of the region's staples: Pinot Grigio and Gewurztraminer!

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