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The Best Pinot Noirs in All of Italy Come from Alto Adige

The winners of the 16th National Pinot Noir Competition have been named. And there is one genuine surprise among them

In April, fifty-six Pinot Noirs from all over Italy were tasted and judged by an expert jury consisting of sommeliers, oenologists, wine experts, and journalists on the occasion of the 16th National Pinot Noir Competition. The winners have now been named. Ulrich Pedri, oenologist and head of the Oenology Division at the Laimburg Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, who was in charge of the tasting, sums it up: “In spite of the difficult 2014 vintage, Alto Adige has confirmed itself as the best Pinot Noir area in Italy.”

And three Alto Adige Pinot Noirs are standing on the winner's stage. The Pinot Nero Riserva of the Klosterhof estate winery received the highest number of points and is thus the winner of the competition. Receiving the prize as the second best Pinot Noir was the “Ludwig” Pinot Nero of Elena Walch, with third place surprisingly going to the “Exclusiv” Pinot Nero Riserva from the Plonerhof estate winery. This latter, a relatively young winery in Marlengo-Marling, was participating for the very first time and immediately convinced the jury enough to grab third prize with its premiere entry.

All fifty-six Pinot Noirs that participated in the National Pinot Noir Competition as well as a selection of around thirty other Pinot Noirs from around the world may be tasted at the public tastings that are being held in connection with the Pinot Noir Festival in Egna-Neumarkt on May 7 and 8, 2017.

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