In the 1980s, Chardonnay experienced an enormous boost in popularity. In Alto Adige/Südtirol, the grape expresses its classic qualities. It is captivating through its fine acidity and its elegant interplay of aromas of pineapple, bananas, apples, pears, citrus fruit, caramel, vanilla, and butter. Its palette can range from the fresh, fruity, linear qualities of the versions vinified in stainless steel tanks to the complex selections suitable for aging which are fermented in small oak casks and allowed to mature on fine lees.
Area under cultivation:
Primarily in Bassa Atesina, Oltradige and Adige Valley
Lower hilly areas or else to the valley floor, preferably on chalky gravel soils
Gelber Weißburgunder, Morillon (parts of Austria)
10-14º C. (50-57º F. – at top of range when aged in small oak casks)
seafood, white meats, risotto, cheese dumplings