Merlot was first planted in Alto Adige along with other Bordeaux varieties around 120 years ago. This early-ripening variety is planted primarily in warm locations on deep, chalky soils. It yields fruity, full-bodied wines with a southern charm and soft, ripe tannins.
Area under cultivation:
primarily the Bassa Atesina, Oltradige and Bolzano basin, but also in the Adige Valley
primarily Guyot trellis
primarily warm zones on the valley floor with chalky soils
14-16° C. (57-61° F.)
game, wild fowl, classic meat dishes, aged cheeses