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...

  • 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 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...

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...

  • Endrizzi

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

  • Franz Haas

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

  • J. Hofstätter

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

  • Kellerei-Cantina Tramin

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

  • Cantina Sociale San Paolo

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

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  • 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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  • 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

  • So basically anything outside Toscana and Piemonte is fair game?Alto Piemonte ... ... Campania and Umbria, Alto Adige and Veneto (which seems nearly as mainstream as Toscana), etc. and et Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes & Regions

  • In the Alto Adige the ones I mentioned are those that I've tried recently, but other reliable producers up there include Terlan(o), Andrian(o), Elena Walch, Abbacia di Novacella, Tramin and St. Paul's.For ramato, Attems is probably the most widely available, although as you can see from the article I preferred their non-ramato PG. Neither Di Len... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Pinot Grigio Underrated?

  • The Alto Adige is where I was talking about having had good pinot grigio further north, up towards the Dolomites and the Tyrol. In some ways similar to Savoie in France where you get all those alpine flowery notes and minerality and other points of interest in relatively unknown whites.Mike, you mentionZemmer,Castelfeder, andDonna Almafrom the A... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Pinot Grigio Underrated?

  • Good one on the Neyers syrah, RCKR. Used to buy a lot of his stuff,  ... ... some pinot grigio from the Alto Adige). Then went out to a sashimi and yakitori  and beer and Sake dinner, followed by post prandials at the best rum bar in Tokyo/Japan, which happens to be a few hundred meters from my place. Definitely no pop-and-pour for me...  ; Read More

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  • Alois Lageder Dolomite Pinot Blanco 2014


    Binny's 5/2016. Like most whites I drink, I just get a taste. Then it gets consumed by others. All said this was a keeper. Someday I will get to have a glass of Alois Lageder to myself. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Cantina Bolzano St. Magdelener Classico 'Huck Am Bach' 2010


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    Wine review by mariesizer

  • Bozen Sauvignon Mock Sudtirol Alto Adige 2014


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    Wine review by mariesizer

  • Colimoro Pinot Grigio 2014


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    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Kupelwieser Alto Adige Pinot Bianco 2014


    Very fresh, fruity nosecitrus, some grass, some stone fruit. Big splash of fruit on entryagain, citrus, table grapes, peach. Conflicting tartness and sweetish fruit. Great summer sipper on the patio in the evening. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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