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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Kupelwieser

    Since 1878, when Fritz Kupelwieser founded a wine brokerage business, more than a century has ela...

  • Cantina Bolzano

      Young and full of vision for the future … … but at the same time steeped in the traditio...

  • Produttori Colterenzio

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

  • J. Hofstätter

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

  • Cantina Sociale San Paolo

    Wine is one of the mankind’s earliest stimulants for the pleasures of life. The growing of wine h...

  • 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

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hungarian Pinot Noir good for...

  • 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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  • Tramin Moscato Giallo 2012


    Best wine that I ever tasted Read More

    Wine review by pifas55

  • St. Michael Eppan Lagrein 2011


    smooth drinkable red. jojo liiiike. Read More

    Wine review by MGR

  • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2012


    Best of recent vintages, bright yellow straw with aromas of yellow and white stone fruits and citrus; on the palate its lemon pee' orange pith and dried melon across a bright and round mouth-feel to a lingering finish. Refresh. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  • Foradori Teroldego Rotaliano 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Cantina Terlano Terlaner Classico 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Tenutae Lageder Pinot Grigio Porer 2011


    Earthy, minty and floral on the nose with a bit of butchers wax and some dried citrus and apricot aromas adding fruity complexity. Bright on entry and so well balanced that this is almost weightless in the mouth. the flavors are subtle if complex with hints of starchy beans and carob wrapped up in cool, soft, silky fruit that leads to a nutty an... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz

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