Alto Adige Wines
Small in Size, Large in Character
Alto Adige, also known as Südtirol due to its deep-rooted bicultural heritage, is Italy’s northernmost wine region. Located between Austria and Switzerland on Italian soil, the region benefits from the
best of both worlds — a perfect balance of brisk Alpine air and Mediterranean sun. Beautiful vineyards with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains are synonymous with high-quality wines of authentic varietal character.
While it is one of Italy’s smallest winegrowing regions (less than 1% of the country’s total production), Alto Adige leads Italy in wine meriting a DOC designation. Thanks to its geographical location, it is also one of the most multi-faceted regions. Wine cultivation stretches from the terraced slopes at the base of high Alpine peaks in the north, to vineyards in the Mediterranean-like landscape of the south.
Alto Adige is renowned for minerally, well-structured white wines, with white grape varieties grown in more than 55% of the region’s vineyards. International varieties like Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc (Pinot Bianco), and Sauvignon Blanc thrive in cool-climate vineyards. The aromatic, spicy Gewürztraminer variety that hails from the village of Tramin has a special place in Alto Adige winemaking. Sylvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Veltliner and Riesling complete the white Alto Adige wine varietal range.
Alto Adige’s red grape vineyards are dominated by native varieties Schiava and Lagrein, accounting for around 30% of the total vineyard area. Other classic red grape varieties have been cultivated in the region for over a century, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir (Pinot Nero). Malvasier and Moscato Rosa, while rare, complete the Alto Adige red wine varietal range.