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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Lagrein

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Pinot Blanc

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

Subregions of Alto Adige

Popular Wineries in Alto Adige View all

  • Cantina Convento Muri-Gries

    In the year 1845 Muri-Gries was born, as Benedectine monks from Muri in the Swiss county of Aarga...

  • Peter Zemmer

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

  • Alois Lageder

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

  • J. Hofstätter

    Taking stock of the past ten years I can confidently assert that the exceptional character of our...

  • Endrizzi

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

  • Kellerei-Cantina Tramin

    Today the name of Tramin is inextricably linked with the famous Aromatic Traminer wine, or Gewürz...

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Alto Adige on Snooth

  • St. Michael-Eppan Sauvignon Blanc Sanct Valentin Italy 2010


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    Wine review by Eva Elisabeth

  • Ansitz Waldgries St. Magdalener Classico 2012


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    Wine review by atcher

  • Kupelwieser Pinot Grigio Alfio Moriconi Selection Alto Adige 2006


    I had the 2011. Very smooth, not overwhelming with sweetness, pear and apple flavors. Definitely enjoyed. Read More

    Wine review by rlb4227

  • Abbazia di Novacella Kerner 2011


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    Wine review by fleppy

  • Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2012


    Christmas 2013, Binny's. Super Bowl party. I hope to get a taste (sharing with no one) of bottle #2 in the cellar. Bottle #2, went with us to Power's house, 3/22/14, again said the Wine Nazi, "No wine for you". Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Recovered enough to go out to dinner with friends.  We started with a half ... have any Lagrein at all--the Alto Adige reds were Vernatsch or Pinot Nero.  If you wanted to drop heavier dollars, they had some aged wines at the front of the list that were pretty tempting.  The kinds of things you might have at a "Drink Greg's Wine" event. Tonight... Read More

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  • Terlano Muller-Thurgau Alto Adige 2010


    The nose reminds me of Riesling but the flavor profile is a bit lighter. Lively acidity and nice subtle citrus make this a wine that would go well with seafood or chicken dishes sans heavy sauce. Overall this is an extremely enjoyable quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Alois Lageder Dolomiti Pinot Grigio 2012


    I'm back, y'all. Y'all's search engine sucks. Earthy nose, minerals really come through here. Perky acidity went well with ravioli in tomato sauce. Plenty of fruit and body to the palate, with a nice hint of minerality at the end. Medium to long finish. Excellent food wine and would be a good house white. Read More

    Wine review by Val13

  • To add to the discussion here I think wine is like most things in life, a ... ... of 46 north together with Alto Adige and southern Burgundy.Szekszard has a longer history of producing fine Hungarian red wine, during the phylloxera plague in the 19th century the French brought in large quantities of it as they believed it was the only wine whi... Read More

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  • Italy has a huge number of "native" grape varieties, mostly because ... Austria at the end of WW I, Alto Adige (aka Sudtirol).BTW, two new favorite Italian wines:  2009 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva, good now and going to get better and only $20 in the US; 2009 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico, which is a solid, well-made CC with not to... Read More

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