Alto Adige Wine

 

Alto Adige is the north half of the larger region known as Trentino-Alto Adige, in northern Italy. Also known as Sudtirol (South Tyrol), it borders Austria, and is bilingually German and Italian, with many Germanic influences. 
 
The area dates back to the Bronze Age, first inhabited by the Celts, then the Etruscans. The Romans took it over in the 1st century AD. After the fall of the Roman empire, it suffered much of the same fate as other parts of the country as the target of violent invading factions such as the Visigoths. This bi-cultural blend of Italian and German began in the Middle Ages. By the end of World War II, the industrial revolution propelled the region’s infrastructure and economy. The Alto Adige became a popular tourist resort destination, bringing with it, a global appreciation of the region’s wines, cultivated for centuries by monks. The prestigious wine school San Michele all’Adige helped bring the wines to new heights of quality into the Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Alto Adige View all

  • Lagrein

    First mentioned in the 17th century in the records of the Muri Benedictine monastery, this variety may hail from the ...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Alto Adige

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  • Franz Haas

    We have been producing estate wines since 1880, the year in which the present-day winery was e...

  • Peter Zemmer

    In a winegrowing region whose tradition was already famed during the period of the Roman emperors...

  • Endrizzi

    Founded in 1885 by Francesco Endrici (Endrizzi in the local Trentino dialect), today the winery i...

  • Alois Lageder

    Alois Lageder produces four different groups of wines: Classic Wines, Single Vineyard Wines, Biod...

  • Produttori Colterenzio

    L'autenticità e l'originalità dei vini di Colterenzio non sono casuali, ma il risultato dell'abil...

  • Cantina Terlano

    In Terlano, the wine-making tradition dates back more than 2000 years. Mild microclimatic cond...

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Alto Adige on Snooth

  • Hello everyone! -- I am new to this forum but wanted to share updated info on ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA...we are a functioning monastery dating back to 1142 based in Alto Adige (of course!). Famous for our Kerner but also have 24 other wines from which to choose. I just updated all the wines to their current vintage and we are now distributed nationa...

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  • Elena Walch Gewurztraminer Alto Adige 2016

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    Bright potpourri aromas with mineral lemon and blossoming flower petal notes. Medium-full bodied and silky on entry with a tart minerality and perky acidity through the mid palate, finishing with more than a touch of oak, lime and wet slate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Elena Walch Schiava 2014

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    Lots of light coming through the wine in the glasssuggests less than full-bodied. Slightly mushroomy nose. Lots of cherry on the tip of the tongue. Then a slight suggestion of some herbsbasil, mint. Very noticeable effervescent sensation around the edges of the tonguethat might be acid because there is acid tartness. Some bubblegum stuff goin... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • This is a drive-by, so sorry for the lack of detail. Interesting afternoon ... ... ... northern Italian chards (Alto Adige plus Piemonte) against a couple of Chablis. 100% vote for the Chablis, though one of the Piemonte chards was quite good. The sparkler was surprisingly good, and is better than about, for example, 90% of the Cava I've ha Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2015

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    Crisp, clean and nicely layered. Gorgeous notes of white fruits, melon and a mineral streak through the finish.92 points Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Kerner Vigneti Delle Dolomiti Zanotelli 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Peter Zemmer Rolhut Pinot Noir Alto Adige 2015

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    Herbal and toasted on the nose, notes of tart cranberry and moist earth. Restrained, herbal and tarry palate with light cherry and darker currant fruit, smoky and a touch spicy toward the finish where there's a light chocolate note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • White Knight Prosecco

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    No written review

    Wine review by mandyl2


  • Franz Haas Pinot Nero 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Schoppert


  • Kris Pinot Noir 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by FredAstair


  • Or just go Piedmont and Alto Adige, or just North Italy - there are lots of grapes in the region. Teroldego, Lagrein, Freisa, Vernatsch/Schiava, and Brachetto in addition to the Ruché. All those can be real nice grapes too. Freisa and Schiava are often floral and candied on the nose, Brachetto is like strawberries, and Lagrein and Teroldego are ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes


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