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13.06.2017

Italy's Wine Guides Taste the 2016 Vintage

: Espresso already ventures its first prognosis on the results

Once again this summer, representatives of the most renowned Italian wine guides are making a stop in Bolzano and, from the end of May through early July, will taste a total of 2,730 Alto Adige wines. Alto Adige may be one of Italy's smallest winegrowing regions, but it has a huge presence on the market. The density of top quality wines in Alto Adige is unique, which is why the award-winning Alto Adige wines are regularly found right at the top of the leading wine guides.

How will the reviews of the 2018 wine guides turn out? Every year, the tastings are exciting with regard to what's new, since Alto Adige wine is a natural product that can vary depending upon the course of the weather. And thus 2016 was a vintage that was not without its perils. “The rainy summer resulted in some harm to the early-maturing grape varieties and the lower valley locations, but it benefited the late-maturing varieties and the locations in the low mountains,” was the summary of brand ambassador Pierluigi Gorgoni, who is a taster for the wine guide Espresso, as he discussed the results that are to be expected. He went on to add, “Some red wines as well as Pinot Blancs and Sauvignon Blancs from this vintage are sensational.” In spite of the difficult year, the wine tester is convinced that Alto Adige wines will receive a great reception. “In comparison to many Italian wines, those of Alto Adige are very defined and are constantly convincing because of their precise aromas. These properties will be shown to their particular advantage with the 2016 vintage.

The starting signal for the tasting tour at the Bolzano Chamber of Commerce was provided by the wine guide Vini Buoni on May 29. That will be followed by tastings by Doctor Wine, Espresso, Gambero Rosso, and Slow Wine. The Alto Adige wines that score the best will be announced in autumn and published in the respective wine guides.

Wine connoisseurs who would like to taste the wines themselves can do so at the event Top of Alto Adige Wine in the late autumn of 2017. This exclusive tasting brings together all of the award-winning wines and those enthusiasts who are excited about fine wine. For the first time, the city of Bressanone will be the showcase of this meeting of the senses.
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