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 Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Subregions of Alto Adige

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  • Cantina Bolzano

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

  • Peter Zemmer

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

  • Cantina Convento Muri-Gries

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

  • Cantina Terlano

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

  • Cantina Sociale San Paolo

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

  • Alois Lageder

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

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Alto Adige on Snooth

  • Foradori Sgarzon Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT 1995

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    lots of earth and shale on the nose but this remains fresh but evolving with lovely mushroom and floral flower notes, sour cherry fruit, and a lovely Porcini top note. Theres a touch of VA here that weaves in and out of the bouquet making the nose here a bit of a moving target. Dark, dried fruit (cherry and berry) dominate the mid-palate while... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Foradori Teroldego Sgarzon 1996

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    A lovely and complex nose full of mulberry salame, meaty, roasty, mineral, rocky, floral, and dried pine, tones. In the mouthy this is sweet, round and fleshy yet retains delicacy and finesse. This fairly dances across the palate with juicy, black plums, and fine depth of dark earth and mineral spice on a sleek frame built for a speed. Streamlin... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Concilio Teroldego Rotaliano Braide 1997

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    Fudgy and dull on the nose with an earthy tone in an old, as opposed to aged, way and a very clear tea note. Aromatically its a bit monochromatic. In the mouth this is very nice, clean and surprisingly fresh with fine balance to the mulberry and black raspberry fruit tones. Its simple but certainly enjoyable. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Dorigati Teroldego Rotaliano Diedri 1997

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    Grassy and spicy on the nose with wonderful freshness and slightly exotic, high-toned fruit that recalls passionfruit. This remains bright and vibrant in the mouth with very spicy red plum tones that reveals a core of mineral and spice tones. The mid-palate softens nicely with air and gains a complex wild berry note that lingers on the palate. T... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Foradori Granato Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT 1997

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    A touch of soapy floral and vegetal tones greet the nose though this seems very tight. It remains floral and herbal smelling on the nose while it sweetens up considerably in the mouth with nice, bright, spicy fruit tones. Its very pure and clean with direct black currant fruit that is intense, if a touch simple and finishes on the short side. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Dorigati Diedri 2004

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    tight and inky on the nose with some fig and balsamic tones that gains a green citrus edge with air and accents of pink peppercorn and hot iron. In the mouth this is big and rich with excellent focus to the dark fruit and mineral tones that yield to a zesty pomegranate laced finish. The texture here is great with superb acids and finely polished... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Villa Corniole Teroldego Rotaliano 7 Pergole 2003

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    a touch oaky, anonymous, vanilla a touch of reductive funk, toasty, berry slightly too oaky on the nose but youthful. Bright and lean in the mouth with good texture, very juicy, nice typical mineral and mulberry finish with a nice transition from the mid-palate giving this the balanced feel of a minor Bordeaux 89pts Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Kris Merlot Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT Heart 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by jeannwa


  • Alois Lageder Pinot Noir Alto Adige Südtirol Krafuss 2004

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    Deep pure, long lasting and "animal" tasting Pinot noir. Can age for 10 years+ Read More

    Wine review by lparayre


  • Travicello Red Blend Vallagarina IGT 2003

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    A deep fruit based red wine, that equally goes well with lamb chops, seafood or salad. An oddity in a red. It's smooth, without the usual linger. Simply a delicious for every occasion. Read More

    Wine review by xploringsaber


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