Bubbling Fresh at High Elevations
The conditions for producing superior bubbly in Alto Adige amidst the Alps are ideal. Especially at higher elevations, the grapes can develop sufficient acidity. Thus after their second fermentation in the bottle, the wines can also still develop that exuberant freshness which is expected of fine sparkling wines.
As the base wines for sparkling wines, the three classic Burgundy grape varieties of Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir are used. Alto Adige sparkling wine is produced only according to the classic méthode champenoise bottle fermentation process. By law, after the second fermentation the wine must lie on the yeast in the bottle for at least fifteen months. But as a rule, this bottle aging actually usually lasts two to three years.
The first Alto Adige sparkling wine bubbled at the Bolzano Wine Tasting Festival in 1911. Nowadays, Alto Adige’s sparkling wine producers release around 250,000 bottles per year.