International wine guides:
99 top marks for Alto Adige wines

68 wines, 99 top marks: the most renowned wine guides of the world have accepted Alto Adige as a wine country to be reckoned with over the past few years. The 99 top marks awarded to 68 Alto Adige wines by 29 producers only serve to cement that reputation.

Decanter, Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate, the VINUM wine guide, the Falstaff wine guide, James Suckling, and Gault&Millau: anybody who is somebody in the world of wine cannot ignore the Alto Adige wines. The most renowned non-Italian wine guides around the globe have awarded an impressive 99 top marks to Alto Adige wines this year. “What we love most about that is the fact that we don’t just have a few excellent producers but that there are many who compete at the top,” says Andreas Kofler, President of the Consorzio Alto Adige Wines. “That became crystal clear once again in the current ratings.” And not just those, by the way: a number of producers is also among those who received special awards this year. The VINUM wine guide, for example, saw Manincor as the Winegrowing Estate of the Year, Tenuta Pfitscher as the Newcomer of the Year, and the Untermoserhof estate as the Discovery of the Year. For Gault&Millau, Florian Brigl from Tenuta Kornell is the Personality of the Year, the wines from Gump Hof – Markus Prackwieser are the Collection of the Year, and the 2015 Merlot-Cabernet Riserva Tres by the Cantina Kurtatsch is Gault&Millau’s chosen Wine Premiere of the Year 2024.

29 producers receiving top marks

The wide range of top products also becomes evident in the large number of those who received at least one top mark—no fewer than 29 producers, with the Cantina Terlano winery in the lead with 21 top marks for its wines. It is followed by the St. Michael-Eppan winery with ten top marks, the Nals Margreid winery (eight), the Cantina Tramin winery (seven), and the Cantina Girlan winery (six). The Manincor winegrowing estate also took home six top marks, the Cantina Kurtatsch five, and the Cantina Andriano, Gump Hof – Markus Prackwieser, Tenuta Kornell and Pfitscher three each.

Whites at the top—and Pinot Noir

The Alto Adige grape varieties, too, have a top range rather than a top pick. In the major categories, white wines are leading the list with 60 top marks for 39 different wines. Red wines from Alto Adige scored 30 top marks for 23 wines, and let us not forget the nine top marks for six sweet wines. “These ratings only go to show that Alto Adige is equally adept at producing top-quality white and red wines,” says Kofler. “This is not just thanks to our producers but also due to the very diverse terroirs in Alto Adige.”

However, even though white wines collected more top marks in total than reds, the one variety with the most accolades is, in fact, a red: Pinot Noir accounts for twelve of the total of 68 accoladed wines. It is followed by Chardonnay (ten top-rated wines), Pinot Blanc (eight), Lagrein (seven), and Sauvignon (six).

All that remains now is to look at the individual wines which received the highest number of top marks from the six most renowned international guides in 2024. That list is topped by the 2020 Terlaner Primo Grande Cuvée by the Cantina Terlano, which received the top mark from five of the six wine guides. The 2018 Appius by the St. Michael-Eppan winery as well as the 2010 Rarity Pinot Bianco by the Cantina Terlano winery each scored four top marks. Six wines scored three top marks, nine scored two, and fifty labels received one top mark each.

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