Alto Adige - Südtirol 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 »

Varietals Produced in Alto Adige - Südtirol View all

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Alto Adige - Südtirol View all

  • 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...

  • Cantina Convento Muri-Gries

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

  • Kellerei-Cantina Tramin

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

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  • Castelfelder Vom Lehm Gewurztraminer Sudtirol Alto Adige 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Emark, if you want to see an Italian Lagrein, drive over to Orange.  WineX has a decent selection of Italian wines overall.  Napa Cabs in Chino isn't bad, either--they actually have wines from Ghemme, which are not easy to find.  But no Lagrein, alas. I enjoyed the Imagery (Remy in WA grows one, not as good), but the best Lagrein is from Sudtiro... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • J. Hofstätter White Blend Alto Adige Südtirol Barthenau Vigna San Michele 2007

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    Un vino strutturato, morbido e grasso che si presta ad essere invecchiato. Il pinot bianco a origine in Germania ma trova il clima adatto nell'alto Adige. Al naso ampio, stupisce per la sua salinità e mineralità. Un vino da centellinare, semplicemente stupendo. Un vino avvolgente,polpa ben costruita, equilibrato ed avvolgente. Sentori di rosa ... Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • Tenutae Lageder Pinot Grigio Porer 2012

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    Reticent on the nose with hints of soil, wild flowers, honeycomb and dried pear fruit topped with some toasty nuance. Rich on entry, the not insignificant acidity here manages to stay in the background while fully supporting the bright, if earthy fruit flavors on the palate. A lovely nuance of bitter almond appears on the palate adding complexit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco Dolomiti Italy 2012

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    Earthy and floral with hints of heather and old wood on the nose along with a bit of quince jelly and some melony top notes. A little trapped CO2 lends this a bit of a prickle on the tongue. Its a round wine, though one that maintains good focus with mineral flecked and earthy orchard fruit flavors on the bright palate. A bit short on the finish... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco Haberle 2011

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    Earthy and tight on the nose with hints of river stones, dried peach, dusty soil tones and a hint of linden flower. Elegantly knit together, this is seamless and light on the palate with finely nuanced river stone and old wood nites supporting hints of apricot and lime zest that frames the core of peachy orchard fruit. The finish shows focus an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hofstatter "Mezcan" Pinot Nero Alto Adige Italy Pinot Noir 2007

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    Unfortunately this bottle was corked, oxidized beyond the point of consumption. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Colterenzio Schreckbichl Moscato Giallo Pfefferer 2012

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    Interesting muscat from Italy. Tastes like a slightly sweet sauv blanc or maybe a dry to sweet riesling with a touch of grapefruit. Nicely balanced between the citrus, the (very) slight sweetness, refreshing acidity and hint of ripe pear. Great to go with something spicy off the grill on the deck this summer. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ansitz Waldgries St. Magdalener Classico 2012

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    Wine review by atcher


  • Italy has a huge number of "native" grape varieties, mostly because they got grapes from the Greeks so long ago and they have had so much time to mutate. The southern part of the country was called Oenotria (or Enotria) by the Greeks--land of the vine.  They thought it would be perfect for wine, but, in another irony, the north has turned out to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian grape varieties


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